Outsiders is a fictional superhero team appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics.
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As its name suggests, the team consists of superheroes who do not fit the norms of the "mainstream" superhero community.
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The Outsiders has had a number of different incarnations.
They were founded by Batman, whose ties to the League had become strained, and introduced the classic line-up of Batman, Black Lightning, Metamorpho, Geo-Force, Katana, Halo and Looker.
A later incarnation of the Outsiders from early 2000s comics was led by Nightwing and Arsenal following the dissolution of the Teen Titans superhero group, and depicted the team as a pro-active group hunting for super-criminals.
In Greek mythology, the Titans were the pre-Olympian gods.
For the team's third incarnation, Batman reforms the team as a special strike team featuring classic members Katana and Metamorpho alongside new recruits such as Catwoman and Black Lightning's daughter Thunder.
After the Batman R.I.P. storyline, Alfred Pennyworth acts on Batman's instructions to reassemble the team once more, recruiting new members and more of the team's original lineup.
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Another version of the team with a familiar lineup briefly featured in Batman Incorporated in 2011 as the black ops section of Batman's organisation.
A black operation or black op is a covert or clandestine operation by a government agency, a military unit or a paramilitary organization; it can include activities by private companies or groups.
Following DC's 2011 reboot, a new version of the Outsiders is introduced in the pages of Green Arrow as a secret society represented by seven weapon-themed clans.
A secret society is a club or an organization whose activities, events, inner functioning, or membership are concealed from non-members.
Members in this incarnation include Katana, Onyx, and several new characters.
The original Outsiders are returned to continuity in 2017, following DC Rebirth, once again as a secret team founded by Batman; Batman revives the team with a new lineup in 2018.
DC Rebirth is a 2016 relaunch by the American comic book publisher DC Comics of its entire line of ongoing monthly superhero comic book titles.