Why Batman Would Enjoy Living in Japan (and It's Surprisingly Not to Get Away From the Outsiders)

Batman and the Outsiders 12 - Pages 1-4
Batman and the Outsiders are visiting Japan to help Katana with her marriage troubles, and it looks like Batman is right at home. I mean, A GIANT PHONE.
If you don't know how giant props relate to the Batman mythos, may I interest you in a never-ending feature at the Comic Treadmill? I'm not sure it'll give you understanding, but it will give you context. But finish that thought, Batman.
Ah. Don't then. But I bet it's because Tokyo ISN'T where the Outsiders are normally based. A few weeks or a lifetime away from them could be just what the doctor ordered. Now for a dumb question. No, (surprisingly) not Halo's.
"Would you be ok, Halo? If your dead husband was trapped in your sword and that sword got taken and you had to fight to get it back bound by an ancient samurai honor code?" My point is: There is no possible way Halo can even remotely begin to understand what Katana has been through. As usual, the Outsiders are just talking platitudes at each other. Barr sure has his weaknesses, but you know what? So does Aparo. I can't believe his perspectives sometimes:
Batman's cape could hold at least half a dozen cars, looks like. And of course, we have Batman once again bringing a team to a solo gig. "Stay here!" "But Batman!" says Metamorpho. "I can go in there as an invisible gas! They might smell me, but they won't see me!" But when Batman says he's going alone, he's going ALONE.
Rex doesn't speak Japanese (ergo, he's useless). Katana DOES speak Japanese, but she's too EMOTIONALLY INVOLVED. Well duh, this was her story to begin with, it's her husband, her sword, her ninja-in-law... And Batman just takes it away from her? Why not have her stopped by customs at the airport, leave the rookies at home and play this out in Detective Comics instead, Bats? Clearly you don't need this team hanging around and I AGREE WITH YOU. And without them breathing down his neck and screwing up his giant prop posing, it's all VERY EASY INDEED.
See? He's already got a bead on the bad guys.
Seven villains, eh? I guess THAT'S why you bring a team along. Except you haven't, have you, Batman? You're going to have to take them on all by yourself because the Outsiders are too emotionally involved, Japanese-illiterate, angst-ridden, young and brainless, or smuggly Euro-trashian. But it looks like the villains aren't playing by your rules, Batman. One of them is VERY emotionally involved.
So why not fight emotional involvement with emotional involvement?

When next we meet:
Batman gets pissed at the Outsiders for being superheroes.


Matthew Turnage said...

"You're going to have to take them on all by yourself because the Outsiders are too emotionally involved, Japanese-illiterate, angst-ridden, young and brainless, or smuggly Euro-trashian."

When I read this sentence, I got hung up on angst-ridden and had to figure that one out by process of elimination. It's like an infection running through every member of the team by this point, it seems.

Siskoid said...

Angst was Black Lightning's particular failing over the the first year.

Matthew Turnage said...

You're right of course. I tend to think of Geo-Force as being angsty, but on reflection that mainly comes out in later stories (SPOILERS: his sister is discovered as a traitor, he's not as successful a leader as Batman, he has an affair with Looker, his brother is murdered, he's framed for killing his sister-in-law, etc., all fuel for the angst). I seem to recall Katana and Halo having occasional flights into angst, too, but I guess that's all to come.

I really don't know why Metamorpho stayed with the group for so long.

Wriphe said...

Both Black Lightning and Metamorpho were famous for turning down Justice League membership. I couldn't ever get over the fact that they would join the Outsiders instead. I'm sure that Batman must have been blackmailing them, but I've never been able to figure out why. In fact, "why?" is the question that this series never, ever answers.

Siskoid said...

Matt: They were angsty because the X-Men.

Wriphe: They met in Markovia where they all were under different circumstances. They stayed together. The end.


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