Thursday, December 15, 2016

Christmas For Outsiders

Even Outsiders are welcome at Christmas, as this story from Batman and the Outsiders #8 (March, 1984) proved.  In the tale of "The Hand That Rocks The Cradle..." by Mike W. Barr and Jim Aparo, teaming Batman's new team with the master of magical mystery, the Phantom Stranger.

Christmas isn't easy, even when you are super-heroes....Halo, being a newly formed being, doesn't remember previous Christmas celebrations, Katana is adjusting to not having a family, Geo-Force tries to get home to is family in Markovia, Metamorpho makes the best of it, Black Lightning deals with a death he feels responsible for, and Batman is searching for a missing baby....and, does things get weird from there.

We find that babies are missing all over Gotham, and it is Phantom Stranger's foe, Tannarak, trying to reestablish himself on the Earth dimension using the young lives to get here.  With the help of the Outsiders, Tannarak is defeated by the Phantom Stranger, and the team even find a way to enjoy the holidays, realizing they are each others' family!

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