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Minion

Alias: Jarras Minion

Titans Member
Joined: 
New Titans #123 [1995]

Related Links:  Psimon

Minion Quick Bio: When Jarras Minion’s planet of Talyn was destroyed, he escaped using the morphing Omegadrome battlesuit. Raised as a pacifist, Minion was at odds with his desire for revenge. His brief tenure with the Titans taught him a better way to resolve conflicts. After Minion gave the Omegadrome to Cyborg, he returned to the stars.

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History


Talyn’s Last Son

Talyn and it’s sister planet, Kallas, had been at war for thousands of years. The adversarial relationship lasted so long that neither side knew what had started the hostility in the first place. The two planets finally devised a treaty to end years of bloodshed. As part of the terms of this treaty, the warring races biogenetically engineered their people with passivity, not aggression. This allowed both planets to live in harmony for thousands of years.

This tranquility was shattered when an energy force cut a swath of destruction through a star system, devastating the planets of Kallas and Talyn. Jarras Minion, a teenager from Talyn, watched in horror as his brother and sister were destroyed before his very eyes. Minion’s parents, both scientists,  had prepared for this eventuality – developing a powerful meta-morphic battlesuit known as the Omegadrome. In a desperate move, Minion’s mother placed her son in the Omegadrome, who cybernetically bonded with the vessel and narrowly escaped the destruction of his homeworld.

Minion’s planet is destroyed in NEW TITANS #114 [1994].

Thirst For Vengeance

This event shattered Minion’s genetic pacifism, and he swore to track down the force responsible for the death of his planet. That mission led him to Earth, where he found the man responsible: the psionic super-villain known as Psimon.

Minion located Psimon as the malefactor attacked the New Titans, unwittingly unlocking new abilities in the Titan known as Mirage. Minion’s powerful Omegadrome helped contain Psimon, while Mirage’s newfound psionics dampered the dangerous villain’s mental powers. Minion at first wanted to kill Psimon, but the Titans were able to soothe his rage as the dangerous villain was placed under custody of the Darkstars.

Minion masters the Omegadrome, as seen  in NEW TITANS #123 [1995].

Minion left Earth to travel the galaxy, now a boy without a home or family. He once again sought revenge on Psimon, who was still in Darkstars’ custody. Newly deputized Darkstar Donna Troy helped the young alien come to his senses.. During this mission, Minion learned his father was still alive and did not perish in the destruction of his planet, leaving the Talyn teenager with a sense of hope for the future.

Minion was soon summoned by the Phantasm, who sought the boy’s aid. Phantasm need help to defeat Raven, who had been reborn as an evil avatar of Trigon. Raven, seeking to continue her father’s fiendish legacy, implanted the souls of Trigon’s unborn children in several unsuspecting Titans. It was through the mystical guidance of Phantasm that the Titans were able to repel Raven and free the heroes from her demonic thrall.

Donna Troy and Kyle Rayner help Minion adjust to
Earth culture in NEW TITANS ANNUAL #11 [1995].

Following this adventure, Minion stayed with the team and eventually became a member himself. Minion credited the Titans for helping him see beyond his mission of vengeance, as he vowed to dedicate his life to helping others. During his time with the group, Minion encountered  difficulty in adjusting to Earth culture.

Just as Minion resolved to leave the team, Raven’s evil avatar returned and incited a conflict in the Vegan star system in an effort to ferret our Starfire. Unknown to Starfire, Raven’s true soul was alive and dormant within her. Vic Stone – now known as Cyberion after merging with the planet Technis – returned to earth and recruited his Titans teammates. Ultimately, the Titans were able to destroy Raven’s evil avatar and restore Raven’s spirit into a golden luminous form.

In light of these develpments, Minion and Gar Logan elected to remain in space as traveling companions to Victor Stone. With Tamaran destroyed, Starfire decided to rebuild her culture on a new planet. And Raven left to wander the universe as a spirit guide to those in need.

Minion officially joins the Titans in NEW TITANS #123 [1995].

Return To The Stars

Frightened by Cyberion’s total embrace of technology, Jarras Minion decided to explore the stars on his own. Jarras, a sworn pacifist, made Victor a gift of his Omegadrome war suit before he left. The Omegadrome allowed Victor to try to carry out his Technis Imperative, which was to recreate the planet Technis at all costs.

Having collected a planet-size assortment of technological debris, Cyberion journeyed to Earth to turn its moon into a new Technis World and populate it with his Titans allies. The JLA and the Titans first clashed, then united, to prevent Cyberion from destroying the planet while saving Vic’s soul and downloading it into Minion’s morphing Omegadrome.

Minion returned to the stars, traveling without the aid of his battlesuit in an attempt to re-embrace a life of peace. The Talyn teen hopes to one day be reunited with his lost father.

Powers & Abilities


Minion has no super powers but his Omegadrome battlesuit is a weapon be to reckoned with. Minion cybernetically bonded with the Omegadrome, allowing transformations to be triggered by a thought. The battlesuit had morphing capabilities, allowing it to take any shape and generate weapons with massive firepower. Minion usually took the form of a muscular, hulking, silver behemoth. Minion also morphed the suit to use as a spaceship, capable of light speed. The suit’s armor coating is virtually indestructible.

Minion has since given up the battlesuit to Victor Stone, who has merged with it as Cyborg.

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Essential Reading


New Titans #114 [1994]: Arsenal agrees to the Titans under government jurisdiction. Minion’s home planet is destroyed by an unseen force. Nightwing, Starfire, Pantha, Red Star, Baby Wildebeest and Flash decline membership for the time being. Only Changeling, who has been secretly corrupted by Raven, accepts membership. Continued in Damage #6, the team’s last mission. First appearance of Jarras Minion.
New Titans #116-117 [1994]:
Psimon cuts a swath of destruction through a star system, devastating the planets of Kallas and Talyn (home of Jarras Minion). Eventually, Psimon returns to earth, where he seeks revenge against all those who wronged him, including his former teammates. To that end, Psimon viciously attacks Mammoth and Shimmer – driving a spear through Baran’s head. He then transforms Selinda into glass and shatters her, killing her instantly. Next is Gizmo: Psimon uses his powers to continually shrink Gizmo – until he reaches the subatomic level. Psimon then attacks the Titans, and psychologically tortures each of them, while also unwittingly unlocking new abilities in the Titan, Mirage. Jarras Minion arrives on earth on a mission of vengeance. Minion intends to kill Psimon. With Mirage’s new abilities and the arrival of Minion, the Titans are able to contain Psimon.
Darkstars #28 [1995]: Minion tries to kill Psimon but Donna stops him; Minion also learns his father is alive.
New Titans Annual #11 [1995]:
A YEAR ONE tale featuring Arsenal’s Titans team. The Time Trapper reveals Mirage, Deathwing and Terra are all from this timeline. Mirage is a street urchin from Brazil. Terra destroys the Time Trapper’s message before it reveals her origins, and later unearths the original Terra’s coffin to find it empty. Minion adjusts to like on earth. Supergirl recounts how she first met Arsenal and when she was asked to join the team.
New Titans #123 [1995]: Minion relates his life story to the team and discovers he has a new ‘home’ with them. The definitive Origin of Minion.
New Titans #126 [1995]:
A great downtime issue featuring Arsenal’s Titans team and art by Rick Mays. Arsenal assesses his new role as leader. The Titans play wargames. Fellow Titan Donna Troy tries to reach out to her, but Rose rejects her, still reeling over the death of her mother. Fellow Titan Impulse confesses a crush on her but she is oblivious to his affections. Mirage continues to exhibit new abilities.
New Titans #127 [1995]: Minion quits the Titans and returns to space.
JLA/Titans: the Technis Imperative #1-3 [December 1998 to February 1999]:
The original Titans were reunited in a mini series that also featured the Justice League of America. With a story by Devin Grayson and Phil Jimenez, and art by Phil Jimenez, everyone who had ever been a Titans was reunited. Former Titan Vic Stone threatened to carry out his Technis Imperative and turn the earth’s moon into a new Technis world. The JLA and Titans first clashed, then united to save the earth and Vic Stone. The mini series was designed as a primer to restart the Titans series with the five original members (Nightwing, Troia, Flash, Arsenal and Tempest) as the core. Minion gives Vic Stone his Omegadrome.

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 New Titans At Zero Hour


The Titans: Beyond Zero Hour
[from Wizard Press Presents: Beyond Zero Hour]

“The Titans have had a series of problems in the past year,” says Titans writer Marv Wolfman. ‘They lost a number of members. They were sued by the government and people generally hated them. Finally, their leader Dick Grayson – Nightwing – left them.”

Left in such disarray, the road to rebirth has been a long one. “Even before Zero Hour, Ray Harper, once known as Speedy and more recently known as Arsenal, was approached by Checkmate’s leader, Sarge Steel, to align the Titans with the government,” Wolfman says. “It seems that the JLA has broken ties with the government and Checkmate wanted a new superhero team to replace them. After going over the problems and being assured [his team] will have complete autonomy, Roy agreed to sign with Checkmate.

“Trouble is, he had no members to go with him. On his own and with Sarge Steel, new members are found recruited and a brand new Titans is formed.”

Wolfman reports that this new group will have a slightly different focus than past Titans teams. “Long ago, when the Titans were first created, the team featured already-existent heroes. In many ways we are going back to that original premise,” be maintains. “Arsenal leads a group consisting of Damage, Green Lantern and Impulse, characters who either have their own titles, or in Impulse’s case, is featured in Flash. Also in the New Titans are Mirage and Terra from the now-defunct Team Titans. Finally, rounding out the title is Donna Troy, now a Darkstar. So we’re bringing in characters from other books as well as several already-known Titans.

“Interestingly, all the heroes mentioned are in one way or another orphans whose past lives are shrouded in mystery,” he continues. “Where the last Titans team came together to fight Raven’s demonical father, Trigon, the new team comes and stays together because they are all in a similar situation. The Titans is a place for these people to get together, to find themselves, to be with others like themselves. They are not coming together to fight some great battle, but to understand themselves and to grow. This common need will allow them to become close and eventually became friends.

“So the role of the New Titans is a club for the young DC heroes, a way of getting together with their peers, a place where they can he with their own kind and learn from each other as they grow.”

Of course, no new team can be formed without problems. “For the present, Roy Harper is in charge of the Titans. Dick Grayson is off with Batman doing whatever he’s doing. But Dick will want to return,” reveals Wolfman. “When he does, he will find a group that doesn’t necessarily want him as their leader. They are quite happy with the one they have, thank you. What will Dick do? Will he try to take over? Will he form another group of Titans? Who will stay with Arsenal and who will go?

“The book has gone under a lot of changes in the past few years, but all were evolutionary,” Wolfman says. “Heroes died, new heroes replaced them, tempers flared and, because they were young, mistakes were often made. That is the way life is. But now we begin with a new group. A revolution, so to speak. New heroes, all with their own lives, hopes and desires. This allows us to create a very different kind of Titans book.”

ABOVE: The New Titans play wargames in NEW TITANS #126 [1995].
BELOW: New Titans at Zero Hour, by Bill Walko.

Marv Wolfman: New Titans, New Faces And The End Of An Era
[An interview from The Titans Companion, 2005]

TTC: What brought about the shake-up in the line-up where new characters like Green Lantern and Supergirl joined and the older members left the group?

MW: This was the decision of an editor whose name I will never mention. It’s the only editor that I would say that about. Even if I disagreed with the others, they were all good guys, and sometimes their ideas were great, sometimes not as great. Sometimes mine were great, sometimes mine weren’t so great, either. In this case, every decision was incorrect, was stupid. He was in charge of plotting. He wouldn’t let me plot a story. When I tried to take my name off it and asked for my name to be off it, he wouldn’t do that, which is what finally prompted me to quit. I hated working with the editor to such a degree that I couldn’t take it anymore, and I finally decided that as much as I loved the characters, I hated the book. I hated the concepts, I hated the plots that I was being given, and my hate factor was larger than my desire to keep it going. [laughs]

TTC: How much say did you have in who the new members would be?

MW: None. I was given the lineup.

TTC: So did you have to start reading books like Impulse and Damage to find out who these guys were?

MW: Yeah. Impulse, I knew who he was to some degree, because occasionally I’d read the Flash and Mark Waid’s stuff was good. Damage I did not know at all, and I thought it was a stupid grouping of characters because there was no logical reason for those characters to be together.

TTC: How hard was it to write someone else’s plots?

MW: Oh, it was impossible. I hated every minute of it, and, as I say, it suddenly hit me that I had stayed on the Titans to help protect the characters that I had created with George, and suddenly I was on a book that was only the Titans in name. That’s when I suddenly realized, “Wait, I’m no longer on a title I need to protect. Let somebody else do it,” and I quit.

I asked at a DC Christmas party if I could get off and go on to something else, mainly Night Force – the first revival of Night Force – and they asked me to stay on four more issues. I said, “I can’t,” and they said, “We’ll bring in another editor for the four issues,” and I went, “Okay, as long as I can wrap up the storyline without much interference, and try to bring it back to some sort of a status quo.”

TTC: Did you get to do everything that you wanted to do in your last storyline?

MW: No, because I could not use Nightwing. I was told I would not be allowed to use him, and to me that was a disaster, but at least I was able to get most of the other characters back. It was a far more complex story than it needed to be, but the attitudes between the characters came about. I didn’t have a chance to bring back Raven’s body, which I had wanted to do, but I got the group caring about each other again. I got them to be a family again, and that’s all I cared about. What the exact plot was was still not that important to me in this particular case. I think it was a fine plot, I just don’t remember it that much. But I got the characters to be a family again, and that’s all I was really concerned about.

 


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