Outsiders/New Olympians: Handball

Batman and the Outsiders #15, p.11-12, 18-19
Event #2: Handball
For the USA: Metamorpho and Black Lightning. For Greece, Proteus and Vulcan.
Absurdly, though the stadium has been evacuated AND this was the opening ceremonies, the American handball team is still practicing when the superhumans hijack their nets.
Never mind that handball is an indoor sport... Well, it IS the American team. What do they know about handball except that they really, really need to practice. Go Yugoslavia! Hey, might as well cheer for the guys who won the gold that year. I certainly can't root for either the Outsiders or the New Olympians who are going to try this 2 against 2.
Black Lightning is a runner. He's not into team sports. WHICH EXPLAINS A LOT. The handball in this case has spikes, and comes out of nowhere. What was the demonstration sport in 1984 again?
Anyone else think Proteus is von Eeden's chance to draw Mr. Fantastic?
That's me, you and Metamorpho then. With no referees, the game is open to all sorts of shenanigans, so Rex turns into fire extinguishing foam and put Vulcan out of action, while BL throws a lightning javelin at Proteus. Zap!
Now for the bit designed to make you care about the villain. Also: To make you think Black Lightning's gone bad.
Spare me the pathos, Proteus. So you're not pretty, boo hoo. How about developing a sense of humor, I hear it compensates. And besides, did BL just short-circuit your powers FOREVER? Or are you begging for death because someone, ANYONE, has seen your ugly mug just this once? I mean, Metamorpho's a freak and you don't hear him complaining (well, not in these particular panels, at any rate). And speaking of Metamorpho, don't you love it when Barr shows the Outsiders knowing each other so BADLY that Rex actually thinks Lightning will kill the villain here? And by love it, I mean, have all the contempt possible for it.

Canada: 5 gold, 9 silver, 4 bronze (18)
USA: 7 gold, 5 silver, 11 bronze (23)
Japan: 1 gold, 4 silver, 2 bronze (7)
Greece: 0 gold, 0 silver, 0 bronze (0)
Markovia: 0 gold, 0 silver, 0 bronze (0)



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