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Kid Crusader

Alias: unknown

Titans East Member
Joined:
Teen Titans [third series] #42 [2006]
Related Links: Kid Devil (Eddie Bloomberg)

Kid Crusader Quick Bio: When Kid Crusader’s missionary parents were murdered in their sleep, the confused child believed it was the work of Satan. Since that moment, he grew to challenge all dark and supernatural forces. As a teenager, Kid Crusader came to believe Kid Devil is the face of evil and must be eliminated at all costs.

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History


The Crusade

When Kid Crusader’s missionary parents were murdered in their sleep, the confused child believed it was the work of Satan. Since that moment, he grew to challenge all dark and supernatural forces. As a teenager, Kid Crusader came to believe Kid Devil is the face of evil and must be eliminated at all costs. After twice battling the red-skinned teen, the young religious zealot became perhaps the first member of Kid Devil’s self-proclaimed “Rogues Gallery” of villains.


ABOVE: Kid Crusader debuts in TEEN TITANS (third series) #43 [2007].
BELOW: Kid Crusader reveals his first encounter with Kid Devil in TEEN TITANS #44 [2007].

Titans East

Seeing Kid Devil as a potential wild card, Deathstroke recruited Kid Crusader when he formed his nefarious Titans East team. Titans East set up their own Titans Tower on the East River, the very same location of the old tower. The villainous team then hunted down the Teen Titans one by one. Kid Crusader successfully performed an exorcism on Kid Devil and attempted to slay his mortal form in an effort to “save” Eddie’s soul. Before long, Eddie’s demon essence found a new host in Kid Crusader. The devout teenager thought his soul was lost until Raven eventually returned the demonic essence to Eddie, reverting him to Kid Devil once more.

Deathstroke had his own agenda, which was to reclaim his children, Ravager and Jericho. Titans East was nearly successful in that mission, until Nightwing, Flash, Troia and Beast Boy helped turn the tide and reclaim their island headquarters. The members of Titans East dispersed, unaware of Deathstroke’s true objective; By cementing his offspring as trusted members of the team, Slade knew the Titans would provide his children with a better family than he ever could.

Powers & Abilities


Kid Crusader does not appear to possess any meta-human abilities. He employs a number of demon-hunting weapons in his crusade, including a large cross he wields as a weapon.


Essential Reading


Teen Titans #42 [2006]: Flashback’s reveal Eddie Bloomberg’s transformation into Kid Devil. Months ago, Zatara helped the now-super-powered Kid Devil join the Teen Titans. Zatara and Kid Devil both fought Kid Crusader. First appearance of Kid Crusader (in a one-panel flashback).
Teen Titans #43-46 [2006]: Led by Deathstroke, a Teen Titans East team consisting of Batgirl, Risk, Match, Kid Crusader, Enigma, Joker’s Daughter, Sun Girl and Inertia clash with the Teen Titans. Titans East fails, and it only results in cementing Deathstroke’s offspring as trusted members of the Titans. In truth, that was Slade’s true objective; He knew the Titans would provide his children with a better family than he ever could. First appearance of Titans East. First full appearances of Kid Crusader and Sun Girl in issue #43. Origin of Kid Crusader in issue #45.


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Kid Crusader character sketch by Tony Daniel.

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 Deathstroke’s Dossier: Titans East


Meet Deathstroke’s new shock troops: Titans East!
Sneak a peek at his dossier on how they’ll take the Teen Titans down!

by Ben Morse & Geoff Johns
Originally published in Wizard Magazine #180 [2006]

DEATHSTROKE JOURNAL: ENTRY 5679

I know the Teen Titans well. I’ve gone up against every incarnation of this team, for money, for pride or out of obligation – I’ve even fought on their Side a few times. I know them well enough to know they can’t be underestimated, Particularly not when they have Something i want – and right now, that is what they have.

The Titans are not like the Justice League – you can’t beat them with mere force. Their youth makes them unpredictable so only by gaining the upper hand before the first punch is thrown can you defeat them. I’ve formed a strike force specifically designed to take the Titans apart so I can get what I need. Whether the weakness they’ve been selected to exploit is physical or emotional, every member of my team has been selected only after great thought. They’re all here for a reason.

MATCH: The impact of their beloved Superboy’s death on the Titans cannot be overestimated. Match’s strength is an asset, but his true value lies in the psychological edge he provides. His presence guarantees that Wonder Girl – the most powerful Titan – will not be operating at full capacity.

JOKER’S DAUGHTER: When most people look at Duela Dent, they only see a woman who is completely insane. They overlook that this is somebody who has been a Teen Titan – who has been in their Tower and lived among them. I can deal with insanity when information comes hand in hand with it.

KID CRUSADER: Even the best-laid plans can be thrown off by a single wild card. To me, Kid Devil is a wild card. To Kid Crusader – the only person I can find who has even heard of Kid Devil – he’s the face of evil and must be eliminated at all costs.

BATGIRL: I watched Cassandra Cain dominate my daughter, Rose, in hand-to-hand combat – something I thought nearly impossible. How will Rose react when the foe she could not defeat Stands at her father’s side? And perhaps more importantly, Batgirl provides me with insight into Robin that is second to none. I’ve underestimated the Titans’ leader before. I don’t make the same mistake twice.

RISK: Because he chose to fight for the Teen Titans, Risk lost an arm. In his mind, he might as well have lost his life. He’s furious at the world, and fury is easily manipulated. The Titans will hesitate against him out of guilt, and that hesitation will be their undoing.

INERTIA: If I learned anything working with Zoom in the Society, it’s the value of a speedster – and the Titans do not have one. While Zoom had at least some twisted social conscience, Inertia has no conscience at all. He can take two Titans off the board before the others know what hit them. And if control proves an issue, I have no problem aiming for his kneecaps.

SUN GIRL: My most dangerous weapon and my greatest concern, Deborah Morgna harnesses the power of the sun, but her real talent – and true love – is manipulating others. Disturbingly, she reminds me a great deal of Terra. Even more disturbingly, she reminds me of Rose. Hopefully neither of those assessments indicates things to come.

Additional Notes:

Geoff Johns on Kid Crusader: “You’ll meet Kid Devil’s arch enemy. [...] He’s on Titans East. Kid Devil is actually kind of excited when he sees that, because he likes to brag that he has an arch enemy.”

Tony Daniel on Kid Crusader: “I wanted a Hispanic character on the Titans East. I’m Irish and Puerto Rican. There’s not enough minorities in comics, so that was my one request. Geoff wanted Kid Crusader to look like an alter boy. So his design was easy. I just wanted to get his face and hair right. He’ll be Kid Devil’s arch-enemy. I think we went through a few names too. First he was “Alter Boy,” then “Choir Boy.” I came up with the name “Kid Crusader.” So I believe that’ll be his name.”

 


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