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Aquagirl II

Alias: Lorena Marquez

Titans Member
Joined:
Teen Titans [third series] #34 [2006]
Related Links: Aqualad I (Garth) • Aquagirl II (Tula)

Aquagirl II Quick Bio: After a genetic anomaly was introduced to the San Diego water supply, the California city sunk into the ocean. Teenager Lorena Marquez soon discovered that her body had been altered to survive the ocean depths. It wasn’t long before out-spoken Lorena allied with Aquaman as the newest Aquagirl.

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History


Sub Diego

Lorena’s normal teenage life was shattered without warning or reason. While on a date at the San Diego Zoo, a quake caused the sinking of San Diego into the sea. The catastrophe killed thousands, including Lorena’s close-knit Mexican family. Awaking in a panic, Lorena reached the surface and came into contact with Aquaman. Still in shock, Aquaman nursed Lorena as he learned she had mysteriously gained the ability to breathe under water.

Lorena resolves to help Aquaman in AQUAMAN #17 [2004].

Lorena and Aquaman teamed up to investigate the cause of the sunken city. They located a number of San Diego survivors and discovered that a scientist named Geist was responsible for their condition. Geist used Aquaman’s DNA to introduce a genetic anomaly into the San Diego water supply. This self-replicating strand of DNA converted the populace’s respiratory, auditory, ocular and muscular systems to a more marine-based model. This experiment was done in the name of science – Geist’s effort to save humanity from the upcoming global warming. Geist was financed by a mysterious corporate benefactor , whose identity remained a mystery. The corporation had caused the quake which sunk San Diego to test the results of Geist’s’ experiments.

Lorena and the other underwater residents of San Diego had no choice but to build a new life under the sea. But Lorena took a more proactive stance – helping Aquaman defend her new home and keep it safe. Later dubbed “Sub Diego”, Lorena and Aquaman became the city’s protectors.

Aquagirl

When Ocean Master used mystical means to switch lives with Aquaman, Lorena assumed the role of Aquagirl in the new twisted reality. After Aquaman exposed his scheme, Lorena decided to keep the costume she had acquired. As co-protector of Sub Diego, Lorena became the new Aquagirl.

Lorena decides to remain as Aquagirl in AQUAMAN #28 [2005] after a reality-bending adventure.

After Superboy’s tragic death during the Infinite Crisis, the Teen Titans faced a year of heartache and turmoil. Aquagirl joined the team for a short time, but later left abruptly to aid Sub Diego’s citizens. Aquaman and Aquagirl discovered the ocean began to reject the transformation wrought on the people of Sub Diego, slowing killing them. Aquaman, with the guidance of some sea gods, used the power in his water-hand to raise the city, but suffered a transformation as a result – he became a squid-like creature known as “The Dweller.”

Inexplicably, Lorena and some other Sub Diego citizens retained their marine-like biology. Together, they built a new underwater city and called it Sub Diego.

Aquagirl as a Titan in 52: WEEK THIRTY FIVE [2007].

Titans Together

Aquagirl was later ambushed by the Terror Titans and forced to battle in Clock King’s secret underground fight club. Aquagirl freed herself to aid Ravager and the other captured teens overthrow Clock King and his Terror Titans, effectively dismantling the Dark Side Club. In the wake of that confrontation, Aquagirl joined the Teen Titans and took up residence at TitansTower. There, she flirted with fellow teammate Blue Beetle despite the fact he was romatically involved with Traci 13.

Her membership was short-lived, as Lorena was called into action to assist Aquaman and Mera in an Aquawar against Black Manta. It was during this conflict Lorena met the new Aqualad.

Aquagirl later assisted the Teen Titans again when the team was besieged by Superboy-Prime and his army of Superboy clones. Together, Titans past and present defeated the clones and trapped Superboy-Prime within the impenetrable Source Wall at the edge of the universe.

Aquagirl and Static join the team in TEEN TITANS #69 [2009].

Powers & Abilities


Like all denizens of Sub-Diego, Lorena can breathe underwater, has enhanced speed (can swim up to 100mph in water, enhanced strength, and extreme durability (she can withstand extremes of temperature and pressure). In the “Titans Tomorrow” future storyline, Lorena has telepathic powers. Whether Lorena will develop these abilities in the present remains to be seen.


Essential Reading


Aquaman (fourth series) #15-20 [2004]: “American Tidal” When disaster strikes California in the form of a devastating earthquake, Aquaman’s on the scene, swimming through the sunken ruins of San Diego, desperately looking for signs of life. Aquaman and Lorena — who lost her family in the collapse of San Diego — finally come face to face with the man behind the disaster. First appearance of Lorena in issue #16.
Teen Titans #17-19 [2004]: “Titans Tomorrow”: The Titans return from the trip with the Legion – ten years too late! Get ready to meet the all-new Titans lineup: Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Animal Man, Aquawoman and the Flash! But all is not as well as it seems in the future, and the Teen Titans are going to find out why. First appearance of Lorena as a Titan. First appearance of Lorena as Aquawoman. First mention of Lorena’s telepathy.
Aquaman (fourth series) #26 [2005]: Introducing the newest member of Aquaman’s task force: Aquagirl! Aquaman’s new priority is Sub Diego’s security as he cracks down on all illegal activity. Some citizens believe he’s gone too far. First appearance of Lorena as Aquagirl.
Aquaman (fourth series) #28 [2005]: Lorena decides to remain as “Aquagirl” after a reality-bending adventure.
Teen Titans #34 [2006]: One Year Later, it’s “The New Teen Titans!” A new year of exciting adventures begins with the “new” Teen Titans. Hawk, Dove, Aquagirl II, Zatara III, Offspring and Miss Martian are revealed as Titans members during the one year gap in a brief flashback panel.
52: Week Thirty-Five [2007]: The Titans – Beast Boy, Raven, Offspring and Aquagirl – assist a group of heroes to contain the destruction caused by the “Rain of Supermen.” Offspring recovers at Plastic Man’s side after saving over 20 people.
52: Week Forty [2007]: The Titans – Beast Boy, Raven, Offspring and Aquagirl – assist Steel in assaulting Lexcorp and exposing Lex’s manipulations.
World War III : The Valiant [2007]: Aquaman and Aquagirl discover the ocean is apparently rejecting the transformation wrought on the people of Sub Diego, slowing killing them. Aquaman, with the guidance of some sea gods, uses the power in his water-hand to raise the city, but suffers this transformation as a result; He is transformed into the Dweller.
Teen Titans #69 and Teen Titans Annual 2009 [2009]: The remaining Titans – Wonder Girl, Kid Devil and Blue Beetle – hold a membership drive, but are secretly attacked by Jericho, who turns Titans Tower against them! Miss Martian rejoins the team. Static, Bombshell, Aquagirl II and Kid Eternity officially join the Teen Titans.
Teen Titans (third series) #99-100 [2011]: It’s all-out war as Titans old and new come together to face the greatest threat to their existence. Superboy-Prime gathers his own “Legion of Doom,” comprised of various Titans villains. He then creates an army of Superboy clones to besiege the Titans. Together, Titans past and present defeat the villains and trap Superboy-Prime within the impenetrable Source Wall at the edge of the universe.

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San Sub Diego Comic-Con commission of Aquagirl by Leonard Kirk.

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The One Year Gap Titans


“You call this the Titans? Since Superboy died, the Titans have gone through over twenty new members. But no one wanted to stay very long. No one got along.”
– Wonder Girl (Teen Titans (third series) #36 [2006])

DC’s “One Year Later” event occurred March of 2006. In Teen Titans #33, Superboy and Nightwing are in the thick of the Infinite Crisis world-shattering event. With Teen Titans #34, a full year has passed since the Crisis. A comatose Cyborg awakens to discover the only active Titans were Robin, Ravager and Kid Devil. Cyborg is informed that the Titans had quite a few membership shake-ups during his “missing year.”

Readers shared in Cyborg’s confusion. Following the limited series, Infinite Crisis, every DC comic series jumped ahead by one year between February 2006 and March 2006. With DC’s March books, the characters’ histories resumed “one year later.” During the “missing year” between Teen Titans #33 and #34, over 20 new or returning members joined the group. They would come and go, most only serving on the team for a few weeks before quitting or getting kicked out or simply disappearing. One team was glimpsed at in Teen Titans #34. Then, Teen Titans #38 revealed all the “One Year Gap Titans” in a double page spread.

The “One Year Gap Titans” from TEEN TITANS #38 [click to enlarge].

Geoff Johns elaborated in an interview with Newsarama: “I wanted to shake the team up, and I was nervous doing it. I knew the reactions would be “Ravager?!” and “Who the #@$% is Kid Devil?” But because of Superboy’s death, it forced us to take chances, and I’m glad. For a long time our line-up seemed to look like the former Young Justice kids smashed together with the New Teen Titans. It was great for the first three years of the book but it was time for something new. And the OYL to me seemed like an opportunity, and a requirement, to seriously alter the status quo. Top on character development and mysteries and set the stage for the next year of adventures, with an emphasis on new characters and revamps like the Doom Patrol and Titans East.”

“In the comics themselves, the Teen Titans lost several of their members. Including a lot of main ones. Superboy. Kid Flash. Starfire is still missing. Cyborg was out of it. So since then, Beast Boy did his best to keep the team growing and stable, but it wasn’t working.”

“The Titans went through, I think at last count, 24 members during the missing year. They would come and go, most only being on the team a few weeks before quitting or getting kicked out or simply disappearing. Some members were previous Titans others were teens that Cyborg – and us – have never heard of before including Zatara, Miss Martian, Talon and Power Boy among others. Some of these we’ll be meeting in the next arc.”

The “One Year Gap” New Titans include:

1. Kid Devil: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #34.
2. Aquagirl II: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #34.
3. Dove II: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #34.
4. Hawk III: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #34.
5. Miss Martian: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #34.
6. Zatara: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #34.
7. Offspring: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #34.
8. Talon: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
9. Power Boy: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
10. Little Barda: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
11. Molecule: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
12. Mas: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
13. Menos: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
14. Bombshell: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
15. Young Frankenstein: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
16. Riddler’s Daughter: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
17. Osiris: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.

The “One Year Gap” Returning Titans include:

18. Ravager: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #34.
19. Joker’s Daughter : Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
20. Argent [with new costume]: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
21. Mirage: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
22. Flamebird: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
23. Red Star: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
24. Hotspot [formerly Joto]: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
25. Captain Marvel Jr.: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.

Aquagirl Timeline: Closing the “One Year Later” Gap
Here’s a list of major events revealed during the “Missing Year:”

  • The Titans aid the heroes during the Infinite Crisis. While saving the universe from Superboy-Prime and Alexander Luthor, Superboy is killed in battle. [IC #1-7] With Superboy, Wonder Girl, Robin, Kid Flash, Starfire and Cyborg gone, Raven and Beast Boy try to keep the Teen Titans together. [TT #34]
  • Speedy tries to keep the Titans together with a team consisting of Hawk, Dove, Aquagirl, Miss Martian, Offspring and Zatara. [TT #34]
  • Raven and Beast Boy hold a membership drive for the Teen Titans after their ranks have been depleted. Outside Titans Tower, many would-be Titans and current-Titans gather for the team, including Argent, Flamebird, Mirage, Red Star, Joker’s Daughter, Captain Marvel Jr., Aquagirl II, Kid Devil, Talon, Miss Martian, Bombshell, Offspring, Young Frankenstein, Mas Y Menos, and Molecule. Osiris arrives to join, only to have Captain Marvel Jr. doubt his intentions. After pleading his case, Osiris is granted probationary membership. [52w32]
  • The Titans – Beast Boy, Raven, Offspring and Aquagirl – assist a group of heroes to contain the destruction caused by the “Rain of Supermen.” Offspring recovers at Plastic Man’s side after saving over 20 people. [52w35]
  • The Titans – Beast Boy, Raven, Offspring and Aquagirl – assist Steel in assaulting Lexcorp and exposing Lex’s manipulations. [52w40]
  • Black Adam ignites World War III. [52w49]
  • Aquaman and Aquagirl discover the ocean is apparently rejecting the transformation wrought on the people of Sub Diego, slowing killing them. Aquaman, with the guidance of some sea gods, uses the power in his water-hand to raise the city, but suffers this transformation as a result; He is transformed into the Dweller. [WWIIIp2: THE VALIANT]

Note: It appears that Aquagirl was a member for most of the “missing year,” although she may not have been present for every mission. She quit the team sometime before the events of 52: WEEK FIFTY. For a complete timeline of the “one year gap,” click here.



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