The man known as Harvest founded N.O.W.H.E.R.E. as part of a bizarre scheme to save humanity. He originally hailed from the 30th century, where a war between humans and meta-humans claimed the life of his son. Harvest decided to prevent the war from ever happening by traveling back in time to kill the first generation of metas. He kidnapped the the infant Jon Lane Kent, the super-powered son of Superman and Lois Lane, and reared him as his living weapon of destruction. But Jon’s unstable DNA sidelined these plans, forcing Harvest to leap back another 5 years in an effort to save his surrogate son.
Having used up all his chronal energies, Harvest was now trapped in the past as his own body began to deteriorate as well. He founded the shadowy organization known as N.O.W.H.E.R.E., whose first mission was to restore Jon Lane Kent’s deteriorating genetic structure. To that end, Harvest procured the DNA of Superman and Lois Lane, and combined it with that of Jon Lane Kent to create a clone he believed would provide a cure. But when the clone surprisingly awoke, the scope of his stunning powers was revealed. And the nefarious organization soon saw new potential in their so-called Superboy – as a deadly weapon of destruction.
Director Zaniel Templar confronts Robin in TEEN TITANS #1 .
N.O.W.H.E.R.E. began kidnapping and corrupting meta-human teenagers to amass an army that would kill the first generation of metas. Harvest’s goal was humanitarian, at least in his own mind – to reshape the future and prevent the impending war as witnessed in his own time. N.O.W.H.E.R.E. established a secret Colony deep in the Antarctic, where super-powered teenagers would battle for their lives in a controlled hostile environment. Periodically there was a Culling. This ritualistic process forced select captives to fight for survival in a deadly high-tech arena. Those who emerged victorious joined The Ravagers, Harvest’s elite army.
The newly awoken Superboy’s first true mission was to capture or kill the Teen Titans, a newly-formed group of meta-human teenagers that opposed N.O.W.H.E.R.E.’s plans. But the clone developed a conscience during the course of the conflict, leading N.O.W.H.E.R.E. to abandon their emissary and target Superboy for death. Ultimately, the Titans were able to rescue Superboy and dismantle N.O.W.H.E.R.E.’s secret complex in the Antarctic.
This victory freed the would-be Ravagers, enabling them to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives.
ABOVE: Harvest makes his intentions known in LEGION LOST #9 .
The Agents of N.O.W.H.E.R.E.
The Agents of N.O.W.H.E.R.E.
N.O.W.H.E.R.E.’s leader is a cold, calculating and ruthless man who originated from the 30th century. After witnessing a brutal war between humans and meta-humans, Harvest traveled back in time to prevent this tragedy. His plan: manipulate super-powered youths into murdering the first generation of metas.
His army is made up of past and present Ravagers, the winners of The Culling.
Director Zaniel Templar
The methodical Director Templar aids N.O.W.H.E.R.E.’s objectives by targeting new Ravager recruits and supervising various Project N.O.W.H.E.R.E. experiments, including the cloning process that created Superboy.
As daughter of the deadly Deathstroke, Rose Wilson followed in her father’s footsteps as a hired gun. Rose was originally hired by the nefarious N.O.W.H.E.R.E. as Superboy’s handler, tasked with keeping the super-powered clone in check. (see individual entry)
Psychic Lilith Clay serves N.O.W.H.E.R.E. as Omen, sadistically corrupting Harvest’s meta-human captives by tapping into their darkest fears. Robin believes Lilith’s mind may have been tampered by Harvest.
A born killer, the remorseless Warblade serves as Harvest’s most loyal and lethal Ravager. Warblade uses his organic liquid metal to efficiently slay his prey, often forming bladed weapons or razor-sharp claws.
Leash uses his psionic transport coils in The Colony, spiriting worthy warriors into The Crucible in an effort to produce new Ravagers for Harvest.
Superboy #1-7 [2011-2012]: They thought he was just an experiment – and a failed one at that! Grown from a combination of Kryptonian and human DNA, the Clone was no more than a set of data to the scientists of Project N.O.W.H.E.R.E. But when the scope of his stunning powers was revealed, he became a deadly weapon! Now the question is: Can a clone develop a conscience? First DCnU appearances of Superboy and Rose Wilson in issue #1.
Superboy #8 : Well, that rescue mission didn’t go exactly as planned…and things have only gotten worse for Superboy, as N.O.W.H.E.R.E.’s plans for him and the Teen Titans take a deadly turn! If he wants to keep his head, he’s gonna have to take down another dangerous young metahuman for them: the bruiser once known as Grunge!
Teen Titans #9, Teen Titans Annual #1, Superboy #9 and Legion Lost #9 : “The Culling” It’s the Teen Titans vs. the Lost Legionaires with Superboy in the middle – one mile beneath the Antarctic in the chamber of horrors known as the Crucible! Ultimately, both teams duke it out with N.O.W.H.E.R.E. and the madman known as Harvest – effectively destroying the arctic complex.
Superboy #19 : Origins of Superboy and Harvest. Superboy’s genetic donors – Superman, Lois Lane and Jon Lane Kent – are revealed. First appearance of Jonathan Lane Kent, the alternate-future son of Clark Kent and Lois Lane.
Creators On “The Culling”
LOBDELL, DEFALCO AND MACKIE TRADE QUIPS AND HINTS ABOUT “THE CULLING”
An article by Josie Campbell – February 27th, 2012 – from http://www.comicbookresources.com/
While “Night Of The Owls” is set to begin over in the Bat-books come May, another spring DC Comics crossover looms large as the Teen Titans, Superboy and the Legion Lost band together for “The Culling.”
Currently, the shadowy organization known as N.O.W.H.E.R.E. has been kidnapping meta-human kids, interfering in the lives of the newly formed Teen Titans and sending their own meta-human muscle, Superboy, out to hassle the group. Upping the ante, “The Culling” brings the Titans and Superboy into contact with Legion Lost, beginning with “Teen Titans Annual” #1, continuing through issue #9 of “Superboy,” “Legion Lost,” and “Teen Titans,” and launching a brand new monthly comic book series “The Ravagers” at its conclusion.
Helming the crossover is new “Legion Lost” writer Tom DeFalco and “Superboy” and “Teen Titans” writer Scott Lobdell, working with “The Ravagers” writer Howard Mackie. The indomitable trio spoke with CBR about “The Culling,” explaining everything from the origin of the crossover and the villain Harvest to the origin of their first meeting at Marvel Comics.
CBR News: “The Culling” spans “Teen Titans Annual” #1, issues #9 of “Teen Titans,” “Superboy,” “Legion Lost” and spins off Howard’s new series, “The Ravagers.” What was the genesis of this crossover? Were the three of you looking for a way to collaborate?
Scott Lobdell: Tom and I were in the process of writing this story that, while we tried to contain it in “Teen Titans” and “Superboy” and “Legion Lost” and even into the Annual, it got so big and so powerful and so amazing that it could not help but spawn a new series out of this giant story about N.O.W.H.E.R.E. and what they’ve been doing with these kids we’ve learned about in “Teen Titans.” We’ve learned that N.O.W.H.E.R.E. has been taking kids and corrupting them or killing them or turning them into something they weren’t. Now we’re going to get to see the results of all N.O.W.H.E.R.E.’s machinations up until now through the “Ravagers” series. So really the story became so big we couldn’t contain it in the crossover and had to spin off into its own title.
Howard Mackie: Once they decided that there would be this title called “The Ravagers,” only one person was capable of solidifying a story of this magnitude — but since Scott had so much else to do and Tom said, “What are you, crazy?” somebody said, “Hey Howard, why don’t you look at this!” [Laughs] Next thing I knew I was on an endless series of phone calls with two of my favorite people in the universe!
Lobdell: That makes one of us.
Mackie: Oh no, it was neither of you! [Laughs]
Tom DeFalco: You were talking about [DC Editor-In-Chief] Bob Harras!
Mackie: Bob is two of my favorite people in the universe.
Scott, you’ve been setting up for “The Culling” for a while in “Superboy” and “Teen Titans.” I know from talking to Howard on “The Ravagers” the Culling is how Harvest is selecting his Ravagers — Tom and Scott, how do the Teen Titans, Superboy and Legion Lost factor into this?
Lobdell: When N.O.W.H.E.R.E. decides they’re going to destroy Superboy once and for all the Teen Titans take it upon themselves to go save him, but in order to do that they have to go deep into the heart of the N.O.W.H.E.R.E. complex deep in Antarctic. Unfortunately, they get their heads handed to them and they find not only themselves but Superboy and a whole bunch of other teenagers trapped in something called The Colony, which is used to marinate meta-human teenagers and even human teenagers in an enclosed environment that’s a very hostile environment controlled by the leader of N.O.W.H.E.R.E., whose name is Harvest. So they are already captives of N.O.W.H.E.R.E. when this story starts. One of the things Harvest has done over the years is he has been raising kids in The Colony but has been taking them annually into something called the Crucible, where all these kids fight for their lives and whoever comes out alive ultimately serves Harvest as a Ravager — and those who don’t are buried somewhere. That’s where Tom can pick up with “Legion.”
DeFalco: Unlike Scott, I don’t want to give away too much stuff! [Laughs] But I will say that Harvest is looking to raise an army, which is why he has been having these cullings and why he’s been gathering these kids and all that other stuff. The reasons having to do with his origin, which we’re going to learn over the course of this, and the Legion of Super-Heroes and why he can see a use for teenagers with paramilitary training.
Mackie: Tom, could you speak a little bit more slowly, ’cause I’m writing all this stuff down. [Laughter]
Talking about the villain at the center of “The Culling,” how would you three sum up Harvest and his impact on your books?
Lobdell: I actually am using Tom as the model for Harvest. [Laughter] It just came to me one day in the middle of our conversation.
Mackie: But Harvest isn’t nearly as good looking!
DeFalco: I basically told Scott to imagine the most evil person you ever met in your life. I was thinking of one of my former bosses, but I guess so was he! [Laughter]
Lobdell: I think the thing is, in the New 52 there’s been a lot of talk about new characters. While it’s great to see some of the standards, I know when I was tasked with writing “Teen Titans” I made a deliberate effort to steer clear of Trigon and Deathstroke and Brother Blood and those characters who have been around for several decades. The idea was Tom and I talked early on about making Harvest a Darkseid-level threat.
DeFalco: A major bad guy, somebody who could go toe-to-toe with Superman.
Lobdell: So that was really the impetus for Harvest. Visually, Brett Booth has created a really scary and creepy looking villain. A lot of times you go back and forth trying to come up with the perfect look for a character and really he read the plot and there was no character description at all and the first thing he sent over email we were all stunned by how awesome and cool it looked.
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