Following the rumors that DC Comics won't be debuting Batman and the Outsiders this December as initially planned, the series' writer Bryan Edward Hill clarified that the book isn't canceled; it's just been pushed back for creative reasons.
When pressed by fans whose excitement turned to disappointment, Hill tweeted to clear the air on the matter, indicating the book "is still coming."
"Ah. OUTSIDERS is not being cancelled," he tweeted. "The pre-orders are being cancelled because I have to make adjustments (per other DCU events) but it will be re-solicited after the adjustments have been made. As I understand."
Ah. OUTSIDERS is not being cancelled. The pre-orders are being cancelled because I have to make adjustments (per other DCU events) but it will be re-solicited after the adjustments have been made. As I understand. https://t.co/GNKP6owoo4— Hilluminati (@bryanedwardhill) November 25, 2018
Hill also followed up with a series of other tweets to allay fans fears and frustrations on what's to come, confirming other events in the DC Universe have to be properly integrated into his story. He already began sowing these seeds in his Detective Comics run, introducing the new iteration of the Outsiders, with this title set to continue focusing on Black Lightning as Batman's lead, along with the likes of Katana, Orphan and a revamped lineup.
Everything is fine. We can only launch OUTSIDERS in this iteration once, so it has to accomplish as much as possible in our book, and beyond it.— Hilluminati (@bryanedwardhill) November 21, 2018
I don't know how many superhero comics runs I have in me, so I really want this to be special. https://t.co/BMczzZuWT7
Oh, there's some in-universe stuff that needs more incorporation into the story. It's a push on the release, but from what I understand, everything is fine. Just taking more time to make the launch powerful.— Hilluminati (@bryanedwardhill) November 21, 2018
(Haven't read the article, so I don't know what it said). https://t.co/YDag0KeaG0
And thanks for the interest. My personal apologies for the frustration, but as far as I understand the book is still coming.— Hilluminati (@bryanedwardhill) November 25, 2018
The book was solicited for a December debut, but DC Comics informed retailers today that orders for the new series featuring Hill and art by Dexter Soy have been canceled. The third issue was solicited for release in February, although it remains to be seen what the new schedule will be.