Mark Farmer joins Barr and Larsen on Outsiders 28 (Feb 88), a Millennium crossover that is also the final issue of the series. I really like the way they used Millenium to wipe out the team and end the book. It made the Manhunters seem far more of a threat to all the other heroes.
This issue also spins directly out of an issue of Millennium (number 5), as Looker leads the Outsiders to Abyssia, the underground kingdom where she gained her powers. The Manhunters have been using caverns below the surface of the Earth as their base, and it turns out that they have already conquered Abyssia before the Outsiders arrive.
They didn't do it alone, though. They have been working with Princess Tamira, who had seemingly died in battle with Looker back when Lia gained her powers.
Looker is very much central to this issue, which puts the rest of the team into action in group scenes, but keeps them to the side of the main story. Tamira challenges Looker to a battle to determine which of them will get control of Looker's abilities. Tamira is revealed to have been horribly disfigured in the accident which had seemingly caused her death. She is using her powers to maintain her appearance, but has to shed that in her fight. On the other hand, she mentally blasts Looker and removes the illusory appearance that Lia has had ever since gaining her abilities.
Tamira winds up dying, and it appears that Looker has lost her powers for good. And though the Outsiders to trounce the Manhunters, Halo gets wounded, and winds up in a coma.
So the story ends with the team more or less disbanding. Katana is staying by Halo's side until she wakes, and one assumes Geo-Force is headed back to Markovia to deal with the crisis going on there. Of all the members of the team, Black Lightning is the first to be seen again, in a Secret Origins story. Looker returns, powers and appearance intact, in Detective Comics the following year, in the Mudpack story arc. The remainder of the team have to wait for the revival of the Outsiders in the 90s.
I didn't think I would like this series much. That's why I didn't buy it when it was coming out. And, sure enough, it feels disappointing. Some great characters and a lot of potential, but it all felt frittered away. Only the ending really worked, and even that was only because it was part of a larger story.