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Houngan

Alias: Jean-Louis Droo

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History


Jean-Louis Droo, Haitian-born but schooled in America., worked as a computer scientist for a large Silicon Valley computer company until the news of his father’s impending death brought the young scientist back to the land of his birth. Once home, Droo found modem medicine was unable to aid his father and that the only hope was a local “houngan”-a voodoo master.

Droo watched in fascination as the houngan completely cured his father’s illness. Soon Droo became a virtual voodoo fanatic, devoting every waking hour to learning all there was to know about this most ancient art.

Within two years Droo became a voodoo master, but unlike his teachers, Droo merged the ancient voodoo rituals with modem computer science. Today Droo, who now calls himself Houngan, uses an electronic needle-stylus and a computerized voodoo doll to create terrors the old voodoo houngans could never have imagined.

Since then, Houngan and the Brotherhood have opposed the New Teen Titans on numerous occasions. Houngan later resurfaced back with the Brotherhood, now calling themselves the Society of Sin. Houngan is a proud man who loyally follows the Brain because he respects the Brain’s leadership abilities.

The new Brotherhood of Evil makes their deadly debut in NEW TEEN TITANS #14-15 [1981],
with new members Warp, Phobia, Houngan and Plasmus. 

Powers & Abilities


Once Houngan’s computerized voodoo doll analyzes a victim’s cell structure, from a sample of blood, skin, or hair, the doll’s micro-circuitry creates a bionic link between itself and the Intended victim. When the electronic stylus Interfaces anywhere on the doll’s surface, Incredibly delicate micro-sensors relay the Information to the computer’s central system, which then focuses the pain into the same area on the intended victim. Distance for effective use of the doll and stylus has never been completely tested, but a range of slightly less than 1,000 feat has been recorded to date. Houngan is not a physical fighter, preferring to use his science and sorcery to overcome his victims.

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Essential Reading


New Teen Titans #13-15 [1981-1982]: Robin, Cyborg and Kid Flash meet up with Robotman, and the group rescues a drugged Steve Dayton from Madame Rouge’s underground city in Africa. The Titans reunite and are attacked by Steve Dayton in his Mento identity, who is under Madame Rouge’s control; Raven brings Dayton back to normal, and the heroes follow Madame Rouge and General Zahl to Zandia; Zahi’s forces defeat and capture the Titans while Changeling is taken prisoner by the New Brotherhood of Evil. Changeling agrees to work with the New Brotherhood of Evil, and the group rescues the Titans; General Zahl is killed by a bullet which ricochets off Robotman’s body, Madame Rouge is killed by Changeling, and the Brotherhood is allowed to go free. First appearance of New Brotherhood of Evil in issue #14; First appearance of Warp, Houngan, Phobia and Plasmus.
New Teen Titans #29 [1983]: The Brain, believing that Raven has information that will help him defeat Brother Blood, sends his New Brotherhood of Evil to capture the empath; Frances Kane returns because her powers are resurfacing, and witnesses a battle between the New Brotherhood of Evil and the Titans, in which Raven thinks that Kid Flash is Trigon (due to Phobia’s manipulation) and nearly kills him; Raven leaves the Titans because she cannot handle Kid Flash’s hatred.
New Teen Titans #30 [1983]: The New Brotherhood of Evil follows Raven; Raven seeks solitude in St. Peter’s Cathedral, where the New Brotherhood of Evil finds her; During the Titans’ and the New Brotherhood of Evil’s battle in Times Square on New Year’s Eve, Raven’s soul-self is shattered yet again when she tries to envelop Brotherhood member Plasmus; The New Brotherhood of Evil takes Raven to Zandia.
New Teen Titans #31 [1983]: Kid Flash is confused about his feelings for Raven, who is being tortured by the New Brotherhood of Evil; Raven takes the New Brotherhood of Evil to Brother Blood’s pool, and the Titans clash with them; In the ensuing battle, the Titans and the New Brotherhood of Evil are defeated when Raven becomes so enraged that Trigon is temporarily unleashed.
New Teen Titans (second series) #43 [1988]: Raven fights Phobia of the New Brotherhood of Evil and apparently reforms her.
New Titans Annual #6 [1990]: The Titans fight the Society of Sin [formerly the Brotherhood of Evil], with their new member, Trinity. Following that, they are summoned to Tamaran.
Teen Titans #34-37 [2006]: One Year Later, it’s “The New Teen Titans!” A new year of exciting adventures begins with the “new” Teen Titans, the bizarre Doom Patrol and the mysterious and secretive Titans East! The latest version of The Brotherhood of Evil debuts.



Sources for this entry: DC Who’s Who Series, The New Titans Sourcebook [Mayfair Games, 1990], supplemented by titanstower.com


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