Following the revelation of their continued existence, the Outsiders were recruited by Checkmate to pursue missions which Checkmate cannot support publicly. Checkmate's assignment involved dispatching the Outsiders to Oolong Island in China. The mission goes disastrously when Chang Tzu manages to capture Owen Mercer and Checkmate's Black Queen, until both sides are eventually bailed out by Batman. In the aftermath, Nightwing decides to give Batman control of the team once more.
Batman holds tryouts to determine who will be on the team and angers several members who feel he has no right to remove people already on the team.
Captain Boomerang leaves the team for Waller's Suicide Squad and Nightwing decides to take no part in the Outsiders' questionable activities. Katana is chosen as the team's first official member, with the Martian Manhunter, Metamorpho, and Grace as later recruits. Thunder is kicked off the team and Aquaman is rejected as a member because Batman feels he doesn't match up to his predecessor, Orin. Batman then tells the other members that "Whether you like it or not, you're here to save the world. And you're going to be hated for it."
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