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Dakota Jamison

D.E.O. Special Agent
& Titans Ally 

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 History


Dakota Jamison, a Native American go-getter born and raised in Brooklyn, excelled as a Special Agent for The Department of Extranormal Operations. There, she was tasked with keeping tabs on the D.E.O.’s super-powered orphans. The organization was especially wary of escapees and discharged delinquents who exhibited anti-social behavior. The young charge known as Epsilon fell into the latter category, causing Dakota much concern when the Titans offered him safe haven at their headquarters.

Dakota became frustrated when the Titans blocked her attempts to reclaim Epsilon, igniting sparks with Arsenal in particular. The tough Native American Agent at first bristled at Arsenal’s arrogance, but then became intrigued by his knowledge and respect of her Navajo heritage.

Dakota’s secondary mission was to locate a group of missing D.E.O. wards, all super-powered orphans who had escaped from the facility months earlier. As it turned out, the young charges had also secured refuge at Titans Tower. The Titans took a stand for the kids, who didn’t want to return to the harsh conditions of the government-run orphanage.

ABOVE: The D.E.O. kids meet the Titans in TITANS  #28 [2001].
BELOW:  Dakota confronts Arsenal – and sparks fly – in TITANS #28 [2001].

A short time following this incident, Dakota began to secretly work with Nightwing to build a case against the suspicious and unstable Epsilon. The pair discovered that Epsilon’s original nefarious intentions were sidelined when he was possessed by fourteen-year-old D.E.O. charge Kevin Tanaka, who used Epsilon to secure safe haven for his fellow D.E.O. orphans at Titans Tower. Eventually the real psychotic Epsilon burst free, exposing young Kevin’s ruse.  Angry at being used, Epsilon unleashed his full fury and destroyed  Titans Tower in the process.

Epsilon then reunited with his partner-in-crime, Theta, and the two villains resolved to wreck vengeance on the D.E.O. orphans for disrupting their plan to infiltrate the Titans. After a pitched battle, Kevin inhabited the body of Argent and delivered a fatal blow against Epsilon. Theta retreated, carrying her lover’s fallen body. It is unknown whether or not Epsilon survived this encounter. Sadly, the battle ultimately claimed the life of young Kevin Tanaka.

After this incident, the Titans agreed the best place for the orphans would be back in the care of the D.E.O., albeit in a restructured and more humane facility. The D.E.O. orphans complied, as Nightwing and Dakota  assured them things would be different from now on.

Dakota and Troia witness D.E.O. orphan Nikki’s recovery in TITANS #41 [2002]. 

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 Essential Reading


Titans #27 [2001]: When the D.E.O. arrives to take Epsilon into custody, the Titans decide it’s time to take a stand against the government – fighting for the hero. Epsilon is unmasked. First full appearance of Grace, Eli, Zeke, Scrap and Nikki. First appearance of D.E.O. Agent Dakota Jamison.
Titans #28 [2001]: Titans Tower is visited by a group of mysterious children who want nothing less of the super group…than to move in! D.E.O. Agent Dakota Jamison confronts Arsenal.
Titans #31 [2001]: Dolphin’s meddling brings Dakota Jamison to Titans Tower – where she reports back to the D.E.O. that she has found the missing children.
Titans #32 [2001]: The Titans have something the D.E.O. and Dakota Jameson want, and they’re willing to destroy Titans Tower to get to it! When Agent Dakota Jamison discovered the kids at Titans Tower, it is revealed they were wards of the D.E.O. – who now want them back.
The Titans #38 [2002]: Nightwing reveals he and Dakota Jamison have been secretly building a case against Epsilon since he first arrived at the Tower. The D.E.O. kids finally confess how their friend Kevin Tanaka had been inhabiting the body of Epsilon for months; The Titans have a final battle with Epsilon.

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 About The D.E.O.


The Department of Extranormal Operations is a federally mandated joint Internal Security Agency, Office of Meta-Human Affairs, Defense Intelligence Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation operation, tasked with the monitoring and succor of meta-humans. There is a strong reliance on local law enforcement.

The job of monitoring the three-dimensional location of every known meta-human is made possible by a ring of specialized surveillance Inspector Class satellites. This classified mission is generally known to be able to resolve individual chromosomal wavelengths.

The D.E.O. is headquartered in New York City and serves the country with 8 additional major-city offices. The D.E.O. provides every level of meta-human interaction from shock troops to meta-counselors. They also provide discretionary housing and regulate the Meta-Human Protection Program. The mysterious Mr. Bones serves as director of the D.E.O..

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 Jay Faerber’s D.E.O. Debrief


Jay Faerber on the D.E.O. Storyline
[from Titans Companion 2, by TwoMorrows Publishing – 2008]

JF: Arsenal, I wanted to do a lot with him that I never got to do. I wanted to give him a day job. I had this idea where he would go to work for Ted Kord, the Blue Beetle. He had Kord Industries, and they made all kinds of stuff, and I was gonna have Arsenal work for his weapon development division. Arsenal was gonna work with weapons just as his day job and then be Arsenal at night, and we never got around to actually doing that.

I wanted to give him a girlfriend, somebody different than Troia. She was originally going to be just a New York City cop named Dakota Jamison who was the opposite of Roy in that Roy was a white kid who had Native American ties and was brought up that way, and she was gonna be the opposite, a Native American by blood who was adopted and raised in Brooklyn.

She morphed into a DEO agent when I finally was able to introduce her, and I wanted to play up the fact that as Dakota and Roy would get closer, Lian would rebel against this new woman in her life and get closer to Troia, which would make Troia be kind of awkward, and not know how to handle that.

[…]

The D.E.O. Kids invade Titans Tower in TITANS #28 [2001].

TTC: How did the series change once Eddie stepped down.?

JF: It changed a lot, and probably not for the better, and it’s too bad. I mean, Andy Helfer is a great writer and a great editor. He wrote the Shadow that Kyle Baker drew years ago, and he edited that Giffen/DeMatteis JLA book that was one of my favorites. I was reading that in high school, so when Andy came on, I was totally psyched. I was like, “Wow, this is gonna be great,” and we talked a lot about it. Eddie was a huge Titans nerd, just like I was, so he and I knew the characters inside and out and knew all the history.

Andy was the complete opposite. He literally had never read the book, and kept calling them by their old names: instead of Nightwing he’d call him Robin, and he’d call Tempest Aqualad, and I had to correct him. [But] that lack of information can be a strength, because it brings a totally fresh set of eyes.

He came on right as we were finishing up that Troia story, and he was, “I can’t even understand this. This makes no sense to me.” So he wanted to really make sure that everything was streamlined, and that things made sense. His other big edict was that he said, “I don’t understand why the Titans exist. What is their purpose?” and I [said], “Well, they’re sidekicks, they grew up together. They’re a family,”and he said, “Every team book is a family. It’s a cliché, almost. All team books are big families.”

So we went round and round and round for a couple weeks about what is the book about, and I pitched him all kinds of totally new directions for the book, and nothing really took. Then he had this idea about orphan kids showing up on the Titans doorstep that they ended up taking care of, and I wasn’t crazy about it. He had pitched it as a “for instance,” but then that “for instance” of the kids showing up on the Titans doorstep became the reality, and suddenly we were doing it.

He’d initially suggested they be aliens, but I had the idea of tying them into the DEO just because I like DEO stuff more than alien stuff, and I got him to agree to that. So yeah, that pretty much changed [the book]. He kept thinking that the kids might get popular enough to just take over the book and they could be the Teen Titans, and then the real Titans could fade away, or they’d get a spin-off, or something like that.

I had a real hard time with it, just because I was a Titans fan and I was like, “These characters I want to write, you keep pushing to the back. I want to write Nightwing and Troia and Arsenal, not these kids.”

So it was kind of doomed from the start just because he and I weren’t on the same page. I’m not pointing the finger and saying he’s to blame for that. If he had another writer, somebody that wasn’t so invested in the characters, I’m sure they could have pulled it off and the book would’ve been a lot better than it was when I was writing it, but as it was, I was resistant to what he wanted to do, so we didn’t gel very well. So the book changed dramatically.

Paul Pelletier left and we got a bunch of fill-in artists, and then Barry Kitson came on board, and Barry and I hit if off really well. If you look at the Barry issues, the kids got phased out, and that’s because Barry and Andy were good friends and Barry was a big Titans fan as well, so he would talk to Andy about, “Oh, these kids, they’re not quite working. Let’s do more Titans stuff.”

Around the time Barry came on, I decided I was gonna leave, and as Barry and I started talking, I started to regret deciding I was gonna leave just because Barry got me all excited about the book again. But by that point it was too late, and the book was cancelled not too long after I left. Then Geoff Johns brought it back in a big way.

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Epsilon makes the scene in TITANS #27 [2001].

TTC: What was your original intent for Epsilon?

JF: There were two, and the third one just happened with me and Andy. My original idea in my original pitch was Epsilon was going to be a serial killer who travelled through Hypertime, or at least through dimensions, and killed super-heroes. The gist was we would just see him in quick scenes for a few issues attacking a superhero in another world and killing them. Eventually he was going to come and attack Jesse Quick, or maybe Liberty Belle, and then the Titans would fight him.

That kind of morphed, and I decided to make him a mystery character where he showed up and was a hero, but nobody knew who he was. There was gonna be a big twist, and the big twist that I had in mind that I think Eddie was okay with – we never got around to doing it, but I think I had him on board with this – was he was gonna be Danny Chase brought back to life by Slizzath, the big demon that’s Tempest’s uncle. He could reanimate the dead, like he did with Aquagirl in that Tempest mini-series.

I had this storyline in mind where Slizzath was going to reanimate all the dead Titans, and you’d have this army of dead zombie Titans coming back against the real Titans, and he was going to try and sink the island of Manhattan. I forget the details, [but] Epsilon was going to be his advance man that had gotten close to the Titans, and I know everybody hates Danny Chase, but that was my idea, to build up Epsilon into a hero that everybody liked but you didn’t know who he was under the mask, then reveal that it was Danny Chase, just to [show], “See? Even Danny Chase can be cool if you do it he right way!”

When Andy came on the book and I tried to describe that to him, he was like, “No, no, no. We’re not gonna do that.” [laughs] So we ended up going through all kinds of different ideas to try to figure out what to do with Epsilon. Since he was already in the book, we had to wrap it up, so we ended up doing the thing [where we introduced] the new DEO kid who could project his mind into other people’s bodies, and that’s where we ended up with it. But it’s so different from where it started.

TTC: You never did get to say exactly who Epsilon was working for.

JF: I think we ended up finally deciding that he worked for Argent’s dad.

TTC: It was suggested, but it was left ambiguous.

JF: Yeah, I think that’s what we were gonna get at. I think if we had had time and if I didn’t leave the book, we would’ve completely resolved that, but I think that was the gist, that he was working for Argent’s dad as an enforcer in his drug trade.

 


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