Batman and the Outsiders ongoing 1984 (issues 6-16, annual 1)

Issue #6

Cover Date: January 1984
Subtitle: Death Warmed Over
Writer(s): Mike W. Barr
Artists(s): Jim Aparo
Storyline: After Tatsu got Gabrielle off to her new school, she met with Bruce Wayne. He told her that Batman had instructed him to buy her a Japanese book store to run. She hesitated, but eventually warmed up to the idea.
Rex and Brion were visiting Dr. Jace at the hospital when they heard gunshots. They ducked into a closet to costume up. The attacker escaped with a kidney, which was to be used on a young girl.
Batman called the Outsiders together and told them about "Cryonic Man." They encountered him (after setting a trap) in a tunnel bridge. He blasted the group with liquid nitrogen and made off with Katana.


Issue #7

Cover Date: February 1984
Subtitle: Cold Hands, Cold Heart
Writer(s): Mike W. Barr
Artists(s): Jim Aparo
Storyline: The Cryonic Man, much like Mr. Freeze, had a loved one frozen in hopes of finding a cure for her. He planned to use Katana's organs as a replacement for those failing. Rescuers attempted to get Batman and the Outsiders free from their frozen state. Halo beat them to the punch by unfreezing both herself and her friends. Using Katana's magic sword (which had been left behind at the scene), Halo led the group to their captured comrade. Batman and Geo-Force went after Cryonic Man while the others rescued Katana. With the villain captured, the Outsiders questioned his frozen friends - they'd been frozen in 1947 fearing nuclear war. He'd been communicating to them that it was still 1955.


Issue #8

Cover Date: March 1984
Subtitle: The Hand that Rocks the Cradle
Writer(s): Mike W. Barr
Artists(s): Jim Aparo
Storyline: Batman and GCPD investigated a kidnapping - an infant from its home. A man was found with finger prints matching that of the kidnapper, but the man was elderly and couldn't have possibly knocked the mother out. Batman thought he saw the Phantom Stranger. On a hunch, Batman learned the old man and the kidnapped baby had identical finger prints. At a nursery school, several children instantly became elderly. Geo-Force helped a couple get to the hospital - the wife was in labor. When the baby was delivered, it turned into the sorcerer Tannarak. Phantom Stranger appeared. As they battled, Stranger realized Tannarak had been possessing babies for quite some time until he'd discovered a way to fully use their bodies. The Outsiders arrived and began to help out, but infants attacked them. When Stranger defeated Tannarak, all the elderly babies reverted back to their original form. The woman who'd just given birth miraculously gave birth to another.
A woman calling herself New Wave took a contract to kill Black Lightning.


Issue #9

Cover Date: April 1984
Subtitle: (1) Enter: The Masters of Disaster; (2) Halo: Battle for the Band
Writer(s): (1) Mike W. Barr; (2) Mike W. Barr
Artists(s): (1) Jim Aparo; (2) Bill Willingham, Mike DeCarlo
Storyline: (1) Thirty-year old Jefferson Pierce - Black Lightning - continued to question himself. New Wave and her gang, the Masters of Disaster, shook down an inner city crime boss looking for Black Lightning.
Bruce Wayne attended the groundbreaking of a new housing project he was funding; the Masters of Disaster struck. Batman called in the Outsiders and the two teams went at it. They demanded Black Lightning and he obliged.
(2) Gabrielle had joined the marching band at school after learning she had musical talent. At a competition, their band leader was kidnapped by the opposing team. Halo sprung into action. She nabbed the kidnappers. No one was hurt, and since they were all minors, her hands were tied. She took their clothes and left them naked at the scene. Gaby's band won the competition.


Issue #10

Cover Date: May 1984
Subtitle: The Execution of Black Lightning
Writer(s): Mike W. Barr
Artists(s): Steve Lightle, Sal Trapani
Storyline: Geo-Force questioned Batman's decision of letting the Masters of Disaster take Black Lightning. Black Lightning found out why he'd been captured - Trina Shelton's mother showed up where he was being held. He relived the moment where a mugger's stray shot killed the girl. The woman realized how wrong she was to pay to have him killed.
Matches Malone and his gang visited with Morgan Jones' gang (the ones the Masters of Disaster shook down looking for Lightning). Malone wanted Lightning and believed Jones could deliver him. They said they could arrange Malone to witness Lightning's execution, but only if he went alone. He took the offer. With Malone on site, the Outsiders struck the abandoned oil rig. During the fight, Mrs. Shelton sacrificed herself for Black Lightning. The Masters of Disaster retreated.


Issue #11

Cover Date: June 1984
Subtitle: The Truth about Katana part I: A Sword of Ancient Death
Writer(s): Mike W. Barr
Artists(s): Jim Aparo
Storyline: Tatsu and Brion fell victim to attempted muggers. A ninja watched the fight.
Back at home, Tatsu presented Gaby a pet kitten then polished her sword. The ninja attacked. Katana warned Halo off, but she persisted and was knocked out. Katana, too, was knocked out. The ninja took her talking sword (and left her his own). It seemed to know him.
Mr. Pierce seemed to enjoy teaching more after his new lease on life. Gaby got asked out. When she returned home to tell Tatsu, she found a note. Tatsu had left (she returned to Japan). When she arrived, the Outsiders were there waiting for her. She explained to them the loss of her sword, and that it contained the spirit of her dead husband.
Maseo's brother exercised him from the sword and others from other swords. He was ordered to kill Katana.


Issue #12

Cover Date: July 1984
Subtitle: The Truth about Katana part II: ...to Love, Honor, and Destroy
Writer(s): Mike W. Barr
Artists(s): Jim Aparo, Dick Giordano
Storyline: Batman ordered Katana to stay put while he did recon - she was too emotionally involved. She disobeyed. Katana and Halo attacked the men who'd stolen her sword. Batman and the Outsiders fled the fight and went back to Katana's hotel room. She told them of her past: Maseo and his brother (one of the men who'd revived him) both fell in love with her, but the brother joined a cult when she chose Maseo. They were married and had two children, Yuki and Reiko. Takeo later attacked them and killed Maseo. Their children were also killed, but somehow, Maseo's soul entered the sword which killed him.
Batman and the Outsiders found the place they were looking for, and it was in the middle of a mob war. Maseo was forced to kill both her husband and his brother. The mobsters escaped.
On their way home, Batman fell unconscious from the poison of a blow dart.


Issue #13

Cover Date: August 1984
Subtitle: In the Chill of the Night
Writer(s): Mike W. Barr
Artists(s): Dan Day, Pablo Marcos
Storyline: The Outsiders got Batman to a hospital, but without a sample of the poison, they couldn't help him. The doctors suggested keeping him moving - perhaps it would work the poison through his system. The Outsiders went looking for Bruce Wayne for help. At Wayne Manor, the Outsiders learned the Batman was Bruce Wayne. Bruce, dreaming, relived the night of his parents' murder. In reality, the Outsiders were reenacting the crime to get Batman's blood flowing. They lost sight of him. While searching, Jones's men captured the Outsiders.
Batman caught a glimpse of Joe Chill about to kill his mother again (actually, one of the gangsters with a gun at the Outsiders) and attacked. The Outsiders took down the gang and got Batman back home. He thanked them and revealed his Bruce Wayne identity to them.


Annual #1

Cover Date: September 1984
Subtitle: ...Land Where our Fathers Died
Writer(s): Mike W. Barr
Artists(s): Jim Aparo, Jerome Moore, Alex Saviuk, Jan Duursema, Rick Hoberg
Storyline: The "Force of July" assembled and were briefed on Batman and the Outsiders. They were to kill them if they were encountered.
Brion mourned his sister, Tara, who'd betrayed the Teen Titans. He was visited by the rest of the group for some much needed cheer. They brought him a new costume, one that wouldn't remind him so much of Terra. Batman messaged them with an assignment. He was still recovering from the poisons (see Batman and the Outsiders 13) and they'd be doing this one alone.
They soon discovered the location of a computer genius who'd hacked security cameras so to not be seen when stealing items. The Force of July (Silent Majority, Mayflower, Major Victory, Lady Liberty, and Sparkler) attacked them. The Outsiders were outmatched and captured. Halo broke them free, and Black Lightning learned their master plan.
Lightning and Halo went after a rocket that was set to put a satellite into orbit. Inside the launch facility, they were met by Sparkler. He and Silent Majority took them down, but not before Halo blasted the rocket as it was lifting off.
Major Victory and Lady Liberty tracked Metamorpho and Katana. The Outsiders duo was taken.
Mayflower took down the remaining Outsider, Geo-Force.
With the satellite in orbit, Eric Blairson told the Outsiders of his plan. Inspired by George Orwell's 1984, he planned to put together a "Big Brother" on the side of the US. The satellite allowed him to view from active televisions and computers. The Outsiders broke free and defeated the Force of July, but the satellite was still in place. Lightning was able to lower its orbit from the console. Geo-Force and Metamorpho blasted out of the sky.
Major Victory burst free from his rock constraints and caused the mountain to crumble. The Outsiders escaped harm. Gaby got home in time for her first date (and they were watched by an unknown man in a hat).


Issue #14

Cover Date: October 1984
Subtitle: Two by Two
Writer(s): Mike W. Barr
Artists(s): Bill Willingham, Bill Anderson
Storyline: Gaby's date walked her home, but they were interrupted by a crash in a nearby alley. Halo later learned it was Geo-Force, her self-proclaimed chaperone. Later, she tried to set Tatsu up with one of her teachers.
Maxie Zeus escaped and made contact with the Monitor.
Gaby ruined Brion's date and split. He got into costume and chased her. When he caught her, they kissed.
Batman positioned his team at the Olympics fearing Zeus would find it too difficult not to strike. He did.


Issue #15

Cover Date: November 1984
Subtitle: Going for the Gold
Writer(s): Mike W. Barr
Artists(s): Trevor Von Eeden
Storyline: The Olympic stadium was evacuated so the Outsiders could do battle with Maxie Zeus' group. Each participated against a member of the opposite group until Batman left to find Zeus' real reason for escaping. The clues led him back to the man's daughter. He wanted her to be happy.
Zeus was recaptured.


Issue #16

Cover Date: December 1984
Subtitle: The Truth about Halo, part 1: ...Goodbye...
Writer(s): Mike W. Barr
Artists(s): Jim Aparo
Storyline: Halo continued to have nightmares about her real identity (or lack thereof). Tatsu went to Bruce, thinking he'd done nothing to help. He gave Tatsu a geographic location and possible name for her (Midwest, Violet). He'd sent PI Jason Bard to scout out the areas. He found her to be Violet Harper, from Arlington, Missouri. Batman told the group and planned to take Violet home that weekend.
Katana stopped a man from robbing a clinic (of drugs). Her sword cut punctured his lung. The physician on staff began help the man.
Rex (Metamorpho) Mason went home to find his beloved Sapphire. Stagg (Sapphire's father) and his men attacked him with Orbs of Ra, killing him. Dr. Jace burst in and ordered Sapphire to help her get him help.
Bruce Wayne (and the Outsiders in civilian garb) got Violet to her parents. While they were getting accustomed to each other, Batman learned that Violet had been linked to a boy who'd died of a drug overdose about the same time he found her in Markovia. Back at home, Dr. Jace asked the Outsiders to help with Rex.


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