Alias: Amon Tomaz
Joined: Teen Titans [third series] #38 
Osiris Quick Bio: When Amon Tomaz was severely beaten and crippled by the criminal cartel known as Intergang, Black Adam gifted the Egyptian teen with a portion of his magical abilities. Taking the name Osiris, Amon summoned the power of the gods by speaking “Black Adam.”
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The Origin of Osiris
The criminal cartel known as Intergang sought to extend their power base overseas, leading them to Egypt. Amon Tomaz and his sister, Adrianna, were captured by Intergang with many other hostages. While Amon remained prisoner, his sister was sent to Kahndaq as a “gift” to its ruler, Black Adam.
Black Adam was immediately impressed with Adrianna’s fiery spirit; So much so, he asked Captain Marvel to bequeath Adrianna with the powers of a goddess. Upon holding an ancient amulet and speaking “I am Isis”, Adrianna transformed into the famed Egyptian deity with a flash of lightning. After falling in love, Adam and Adrianna were married. Shortly after their wedding, Adrianna resumed her quest to rescue her captured brother.
Black Adam and Isis located Amon in Yemen, where Intergang was attempting to recruit new soldiers through brainwashing and torture. Amon was badly beaten and left for dead after refusing to comply. As Amon struggled for his life, Black Adam shared a portion of his powers with his newfound brother-in-law. A bolt of lightning immediately healed the young man, as he uttered the magic words, “Black Adam!” Now blessed with the powers of the gods as Osiris, Amon joined his sister and Black Adam in helping them change the world.
Amon Tomaz is gifted with the powers of the gods in 52: WEEK TWENTY-THREE .
In his human form, Amon was crippled. For that reason, he chose to spend most of his time as Osiris. His worldly travels led Osiris to Oolong Island, where a group of mad scientists sought to biologically engineer the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. It was there that Osiris befriended a misbegotten lizard-man named Sobek, an unfortunate result of Dr. Sivana’s experiments.
After Superboy’s tragic death during the Infinite Crisis, the Teen Titans faced a year of rotating members. Raven and Beast Boy held a membership drive at Titans Tower, prompting Osiris to travel halfway across the world in an effort to join the fabled teen team. After pleading his case to Captain Marvel Jr., Osiris was granted prohibitionary membership.
Osiris joins the Teen Titans 52: WEEK THIRTY-TWO .
Although he joined the Titans to make a difference in the world, Osiris’ membership was ultimately short-lived. Amanda Waller sent her newly-restored Suicide Squad to provoke a battle with the Black Marvel Family. During the assault, Osiris inadvertently killed The Persuader. This was actually Waller’s intention: To incite and incident that would portray Black Adam and his brood in a bad light. Now discredited and branded a murderer, Osiris’ Titans membership was revoked.
When Osiris returned to Kahndaq, the land suffered famine and hardship. Believing Black Adam’s powers had cursed him, Osiris traveled to the Rock of Eternity to ask Captain Marvel to remove his powers. Black Adam and Isis intervened and convinced Osiris he could do a lot of good with his abilities. Osiris relented and returned to Kahndaq with Sobek. Once there, Osiris revealed to his lizard-friend that he still believed he was cursed. Sobek suggested that Osiris revert back to human form in an effort to remove his powers – thus ending the curse. Osiris did just that by speaking “Black Adam,” causing him to revert back to his human form. At that point, Sobek subsequently murdered and devoured his once-friend, revealing himself as Famine, the Fourth Horseman.
ABOVE: Osiris despairs over the death of The Persuader, which led his Titans
membership to be revoked in 52: WEEK THIRTY-SIX .
BELOW: Amon is devoured by Sobek – who is revealed as the
Fourth Horseman – in 52: WEEK FORTY-THREE .
During the cosmic event known as The Blackest Night, the dead were imbued with Black Lantern energy and proceeded to attack and torment the living. Soon, it was revealed the evil Nekron orchestrated these events, in a plan to return everything back to the black void. But a burst of white light put an end to this scheme – resurrecting twelve fallen heroes and villains in the process.
Now mysterious restored to life, Amon Tomaz learned his family had been mystically imprisoned as stone cold statues. He hoped to resurrect them and bring a new age of prosperity to his people. Deathstroke exploited this desire, offering the naive Osiris a place on his Titans-for-Hire mercenary team in exchange for assistance in reviving his family.
Amon vows to create a Golden Age for his people in BRIGHTEST DAY #0 .
Death Be Undone
Unfortunately, Amon learned that Isis’ revival would come with a terrible price. Slowly corrupted by Deathstroke’s influence, Osiris discerned that each dark deed brought him a step closer to magically restoring his lost sister. Eventually, Isis returned to life – but the darkness inside Osiris caused her resurrection to be flawed. Only Isis’s inner strength allowed her to overcome this darkness and cure herself. And in doing so, she became more powerful than ever before.
Osiris returned to the Titans to find Deathstroke’s team had been dismantled by Arsenal and Jericho. Frustrated that his chance at reviving Black Adam may be lost, Osiris made a deadly deal with Dr. Sivana with the hopes of restoring his fallen mentor.
Isis, alarmed at her brother’s behavior, sought to show him the error of his ways. Hopefully, her inner light can overshadow the darkness growing within Osiris.
Osiris is reunited with Isis in TITANS #34 .
Powers & Abilities
Super strength and flight. By speaking the name “Black Adam,” Amon Tomaz harnesses a portion of the power of SHAZAM: the stamina of Shu, the swiftness of Heru, the strength of Amon, the wisdom of Zehuti, the power of Aton and the courage of Mehen.
Teen Titans #38 : The new story arc “Titans Around the World” begins as the Teen Titans journey into the heart of Russia to meet its greatest super-hero: Red Star! On a quest to locate a former member, the Titans head to Moscow to learn how Red Star has rebuilt his life following Superboy-Prime’s rampage and where they can find their lost friend and ally Raven! The “One Year Gap” Titans membership is revealed in a double page spread. First appearances of Talon, Power Boy, Little Barda, Molecule, Mas Y Menos, Young Frankenstein, Bombshell, Osiris and Riddler’s Daughter. First appearance of Joto as Hotspot. One Year Gap Titans include: Beast Boy, Raven, Speedy, Kid Devil, Ravager, Hawk, Dove, Aquagirl II, Zatara III, Offspring, Miss Martian, Talon, Power Boy, Little Barda, Molecule, Mas, Menos, Young Frankenstein, Bombshell, Osiris, Riddler’s Daughter, Joker’s Daughter, Captain Marvel Jr., Argent, Hotspot [a renamed Joto], Mirage, Flamebird and Red Star.
52: Week Twenty-Three : Black Adam helps Isis locate her brother, Amon, in Yemen. There, they rescue him from near-death at the hands of Intergang. Black Adam shares a fraction of his SHAZAM powers with Amon, who transforms into Osiris. Osiris later joins Isis and Black Adam in their quest to change the world. Origin of Osiris.
52: Week Twenty-Four and Twenty-Five : Black Adam, Isis and Osiris travel around the world to change it for the better. Amanda Waller begins a campaign to discredit them.
52: Week Twenty-Six : After a dinner with Sivana at Oolong Island, Osiris befriends the lizard creature, Sobek.
52: Week Twenty Thirty-Two : Raven and Beast Boy hold a membership drive for the Teen Titans after their ranks have been depleted. Outside Titans Tower, many would-be Titans gather to volunteer for the team, including Argent, Flamebird, Mirage, Red Star, Joker’s Daughter, Captain Marvel Jr., Aquagirl II, Kid Devil, Talon, Miss Martian, Bombshell, Offspring, Young Frankenstein, Mas Y Menos, and Molecule. Osiris arrives to join, only to have Captain Marvel Jr. doubt his intentions. After pleading his case, Osiris is granted probationary membership.
52: Week Twenty Thirty-Four : Amanda Waller sends her newly-restored Suicide Squad to provoke a battle with the Black Marvel Family. During the assault, Osiris inadvertently kills The Persuader. This was actually Waller’s intention: To incite and incident that would portray Black Adam and his brood in a bad light.
52: Week Twenty Thirty-Six : In Kahndaq, Osiris despairs over the death of The Persuader, which led his Titans membership to be revoked.
52: Week Twenty Forty-Three : Believing Black Adam’s powers had cursed him, Osiris travels to the Rock of Eternity to ask Captain Marvel to remove his powers. Black Adam and Isis intervene and convince Osiris he could do a lot of good with his abilities. Osiris relents and returns to Kahndaq with Sobek. Once there, Osiris reveals to his lizard-friend that he still believes he was cursed. Sobek suggests that Osiris revert back to human form in an effort to remove his powers – thus ending the curse. Osiris does just that by speaking “Black Adam,” causing him to revert back to his human form. At that point, Sobek subsequently murdersd and devours his once-friend, revealing himself as Famine, the Fourth Horseman. Death of Osiris.
Blackest Night #1-8 [2009-2010]: As the War between the different colored Lantern Corps rages on, the prophecy of the Blackest Night descends. Ultimately, it’s up to the Green Lantern Corps to lead DC’s greatest champions in a battle to save the Universe from an army of undead Black Lanterns made up of fallen heroes and villains. Soon, it is revealed the evil Nekron orchestrated the events, in a plan to return everything back to the black void. But a burst of white light puts an end to this plan – resurrecting twelve fallen heroes and villains in the process. Deadman. Hawkman. Hawkgirl. Reverse-Flash. Maxwell Lord. Captain Boomerang. Aquaman. Firestorm. Martian Manhunter. Hawk. Osiris. Jade. All of them brought back for mysterious reasons that would later be revealed. Osiris resurrected in issue #8.
Titans: Villains For Hire #1 and Titans #24-25 : Deathstroke gathers Tattooed Man, Cinder, Osiris and Cheshire as his new Titans For Hire team.
Titans #33-34 : Osiris revives Isis, who must overcome her corrupted resurrection.
Titans Annual #1, Titans #37-38 : “The Methuselah Imperative” Deathstroke’s master plan is revealed: a machine that restores the dead, which makes Jericho whole again. Arsenal takes control of the Titans, wresting the team from Deathstroke at last. Osiris makes a deadly deal with Dr. Sivana with the hopes of restoring Black Adam.
A 2009 Osiris commission by George Pérez, from the collection of Eric Sellers.
The One Year Gap Titans
“You call this the Titans? Since Superboy died, the Titans have gone through over twenty new members. But no one wanted to stay very long. No one got along.”
- Wonder Girl (Teen Titans (third series) #36 )
DC’s “One Year Later” event occurred March of 2006. In Teen Titans #33, Superboy and Nightwing are in the thick of the Infinite Crisis world-shattering event. With Teen Titans #34, a full year has passed since the Crisis. A comatose Cyborg awakens to discover the only active Titans were Robin, Ravager and Kid Devil. Cyborg is informed that the Titans had quite a few membership shake-ups during his “missing year.”
Readers shared in Cyborg’s confusion. Following the limited series, Infinite Crisis, every DC comic series jumped ahead by one year between February 2006 and March 2006. With DC’s March books, the characters’ histories resumed “one year later.” During the “missing year” between Teen Titans #33 and #34, over 20 new or returning members joined the group. They would come and go, most only serving on the team for a few weeks before quitting or getting kicked out or simply disappearing. One team was glimpsed at in Teen Titans #34. Then, Teen Titans #38 revealed all the “One Year Gap Titans” in a double page spread.
The “One Year Gap Titans” from TEEN TITANS #38 [click to enlarge].
Geoff Johns elaborated in an interview with Newsarama: “I wanted to shake the team up, and I was nervous doing it. I knew the reactions would be “Ravager?!” and “Who the #@$% is Kid Devil?” But because of Superboy’s death, it forced us to take chances, and I’m glad. For a long time our line-up seemed to look like the former Young Justice kids smashed together with the New Teen Titans. It was great for the first three years of the book but it was time for something new. And the OYL to me seemed like an opportunity, and a requirement, to seriously alter the status quo. Top on character development and mysteries and set the stage for the next year of adventures, with an emphasis on new characters and revamps like the Doom Patrol and Titans East.”
“In the comics themselves, the Teen Titans lost several of their members. Including a lot of main ones. Superboy. Kid Flash. Starfire is still missing. Cyborg was out of it. So since then, Beast Boy did his best to keep the team growing and stable, but it wasn’t working.”
“The Titans went through, I think at last count, 24 members during the missing year. They would come and go, most only being on the team a few weeks before quitting or getting kicked out or simply disappearing. Some members were previous Titans others were teens that Cyborg – and us – have never heard of before including Zatara, Miss Martian, Talon and Power Boy among others. Some of these we’ll be meeting in the next arc.”
The “One Year Gap” New Titans include:
1. Kid Devil: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #34.
2. Aquagirl II: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #34.
3. Dove II: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #34.
4. Hawk III: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #34.
5. Miss Martian: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #34.
6. Zatara: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #34.
7. Offspring: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #34.
8. Talon: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
9. Power Boy: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
10. Little Barda: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
11. Molecule: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
12. Mas: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
13. Menos: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
14. Bombshell: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
15. Young Frankenstein: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
16. Riddler’s Daughter: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
17. Osiris: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
The “One Year Gap” Returning Titans include:
18. Ravager: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #34.
19. Joker’s Daughter : Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
20. Argent [with new costume]: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
21. Mirage: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
22. Flamebird: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
23. Red Star: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
24. Hotspot [formerly Joto]: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
25. Captain Marvel Jr.: Revealed as member in Teen Titans #38.
Osiris Timeline: Closing the “One Year Later” Gap
Here’s a list of major events revealed during the “Missing Year:”
- The Titans aid the heroes during the Infinite Crisis. While saving the universe from Superboy-Prime and Alexander Luthor, Superboy is killed in battle. [IC #1-7] With Superboy, Wonder Girl, Robin, Kid Flash, Starfire and Cyborg gone, Raven and Beast Boy try to keep the Teen Titans together. [TT #34]
- Black Adam helps Isis locate her brother, Amon, in Yemen. There, they rescue him from near-death at the hands of Intergang. Black Adam shares a fraction of his powers with Amon, who transforms into Osiris. Osiris later joins Isis and Black Adam in their quest to change the world. [52w23]
- Black Adam, Isis and Osiris travel around the world to change it for the better. Amanda Waller begins a campaign to discredit them. [52w24-25]
- After a dinner with Sivana at Oolong Island, Osiris befriends the lizard creature, Sobek. [52w26]
- Raven and Beast Boy hold a membership drive for the Teen Titans after their ranks have been depleted. Outside Titans Tower, many would-be Titans and current-Titans gather for the team, including Argent, Flamebird, Mirage, Red Star, Joker’s Daughter, Captain Marvel Jr., Aquagirl II, Kid Devil, Talon, Miss Martian, Bombshell, Offspring, Young Frankenstein, Mas Y Menos, and Molecule. Osiris arrives to join, only to have Captain Marvel Jr. doubt his intentions. After pleading his case, Osiris is granted probationary membership. [52w32]
- At Christmastime, Black Adam, Isis and Osiris reveal their human forms to the world. [52w33]
- Osiris mentions that Argent and Molecule just went through an “awful break-up.” He also mentions a recent Titans mission where the team helped Kid Eternity stop the Keeper’s plans for controlling the dead. [52w34]
- Amanda Waller sends her newly-restored Suicide Squad to provoke a battle with the Black Marvel Family. During the assault, Osiris inadvertently kills The Persuader. This was actually Waller’s intention: To incite and incident that would portray Black Adam and his brood in a bad light. [52w34]
- Osiris’ Titans membership is revoked. [52w36]
- In Kahndaq, Osiris despairs over the death of The Persuader, as he reads a newspaper proclaiming him a murderer. Osiris relates to Sobek he has been kicked out of the Titans. [52w36]
- Believing Black Adam’s powers had cursed him, Osiris travels to the Rock of Eternity to ask Captain Marvel to remove his powers. Black Adam and Isis intervene and convince Osiris he could do a lot of good with his abilities. Osiris relents and returns to Kahndaq with Sobek. Once there, Osiris reveals to his lizard-friend that he still believes he was cursed. Sobek suggests that Osiris revert back to human form in an effort to remove his powers – thus ending the curse. Osiris does just that by speaking “Black Adam,” causing him to revert back to his human form. At that point, Sobek subsequently murders and devours his once-friend, revealing himself as Famine, the Fourth Horseman. [52w43]
Osiris was only a Titans member for 4 weeks. [52w32 to 52w36]. For a complete timeline of the “one year gap,” click here.
A commission by Derek Fridolfs.
Osiris: Death and Rebirth
Osiris met his grizzly fate in 52: Week Forty-Three . Like a few other comic book characters, his fate was planned before he even appeared in print. Below, Newsarama.com reporter Matt Brady discovers the truth behind Osiris’ death from 52 editor, Michael Siglain.
DEATH OF OSIRIS:
5.2 ABOUT 52 #43 WITH MICHAEL SIGLAIN
By Matt Brady – posted March 3, 2007
Courtesy of newsarama.com
Still thinking that he’s responsible for the bleak fate that seems to have covered Kahndaq, Osiris heads to the Rock of Eternity with Sobek in tow. Captain Marvel, Marvel Jr. and Mary are there to meet him, and before he can get aid, Black Adam and Isis arrive…family fight. But resolved.
And then – the biggie: convinced his powers are the cause of Kahndaq’s woes, Osiris says the name “Black Adam” and gives them up. Sobek promptly eats him.
Yeah – holy ____.
And Sobek says he’s not so hungry any more.
Let’s hit up Siglain to find out what this is all about…
Newsarama: Okay Michael – things obviously took a major leap this week, so before we go on to specifics, how about a touch upon just where we are overall and the speed at which things will go from here on out. “No time to catch breath” about sum it up?
Michael Siglain: Absolutely. Please keep your hands and arms inside the car at all times, ’cause it’s one crazy, unbelievable ride from here on out. We’re racing towards the finish line, and to say that it’s going to be a bumpy ride for some of our characters would be a colossal understatement. As you’ve all seen–and if not, then stop reading this now, go pick up week 43, read it, and come back. We’ll wait.
So, what’d everyone think of the NY con? Everyone hit the DC Nation panel? Didja get your buttons? Didja learn any top secret information? Didja catch Greg Rucka, Keith Giffen, Chris Batista, J.G. Jones, and Alex Sinclair at the DC booth? Did–oh, you’re back. Good. Allow me to continue.
Things aren’t looking good for our heroes. Montoya is in Nanda Parbat, filled with questions and searching for answers, Steel and Luthor have gone toe-to-toe, Booster and Rip blinked out in an attempt to escape evil Skeets, Ralph has died, Charlie has died, the space heroes are attempting to get home, the Four Horsemen have left Oolong Island for the outside world, and poor Osiris has been killed at the jaws of his best and only friend. You guys ain’t seen nothing yet.
NRAMA: At this point, could Osiris be convinced that he was not the root cause of the problem, or, despite what came later, is he a lost cause? Why was he so convinced that he was the problem, and nothing else was?
MS: Osiris is a lost, confused teenager who has been granted more powers and abilities than he can handle. As we’ve seen, he’s always had a difficult time adapting to them. He always wants to do more, and then as soon as he does, he regrets it. Furthermore, his powers come directly from the man who ripped a guy in half. It’s only reasonable that Osiris would wonder if Black Adam’s rage and fury would come with the powers. And when Osiris kills Persuader, his mind is made up: he’s more like Black Adam than himself. He’s turned to the Dark Side and Kahndaq is suffering because of it. Sadly, he never realized that he wasn’t the cause of Kahndaq’s problems, and instead, he walked around with the weight of the world on his shoulders, and when he finally lifted that weight, he paid the ultimate price.
NRAMA: Sobek – okay – the mask is off, then. He’s a bad guy…but is he actually the Fourth Horseman who was sent ahead?
MS: Yep! Sobek is famine, which explains why he is always hungry, and always talking about food. Congrats to all you internet detectives who figured it out, or just guessed correctly. Sobek is indeed the Fourth Horsemen, and now that the Four have been revealed, no one is safe.
NRAMA: How would that work, as the scientists were sequestered to create the Horsemen, yet, Sobek was around before them – in another place.
MS: Elementary, my dear Watson. Sobek lied about when he was sent out into the world and when he was “created.” All will be revealed next issue.
NRAMA: The scene with the bite – um…holy cow? Very graphic and bloody. What went into the decision to make the violence “on screen” rather than off scene, in silhouette, or any other, less in-your-face choice?
MS: Yes, between the Lady Styx rebirth scene and the ending, week 43 was definitely our most graphic and bloody issue to date. Many comics are brutal and de-sensitizing, and most people are used to gore and violence, but Osiris’ death remains shocking, partly because of how we are made to care for Osiris, and partly because the art for this series hasn’t been overly gory or sensational.
In the original script, the entire Sobek/Osiris death scene happens on one page. However, because it was such a big and important moment, it was split into two pages. Osiris is killed “on screen” (as opposed to “off screen” or “off panel”) so that the shock, horror and tragedy of it all comes across. You wouldn’t have gotten that if it happened off panel. The sadness and the brutality of the scene would have been lost if we found out after the fact that Sobek had killed Osiris.
Plus, for those that didn’t guess it, the revelation that Sobek was the Fourth Horsemen was something that needed to be revealed to the audience without question or doubt. He is one of the Four Horsemen, and he means business.
NRAMA: Likewise – in a story, everything happens for a reason. Osiris’ death was fairly tragic and relatively pathetic (not in the pejorative sense, but just deeply sad that he made such a bad choice) – after all, he was betrayed by his best and only friend, and then tried to save himself by saying “Black Adam,” but that was too late. Can you give some insight as to why a death of this nature was needed, both within the story, and without? (off the record – thinking that it was like this to really grip the audience by the throat but also necessary to push Isis and Adam over the tipping point…)
MS: Despite what many may think, Osiris — or any other character that was killed during 52 — wasn’t killed arbitrarily. We’re not in the business of killing characters just so we can say that we’re killing characters.. A character’s death must mean something, and must have some consequence. In this case, Osiris’ death was both horrible and tragic, and it not only engages our readers, but it also sets up the remaining issues. We hope that the audience genuinely feels for Osiris, and for what has happened to him. His life, and indeed his death, were both filled with sadness.
From a story perspective, his death was the inevitable conclusion to his story, and will weigh rather heavily on Black Adam and Isis, and will mark a turning point for them both. How they react to the news, and how they decide to deal with the news, will be seen from now until the very end of 52. It is for those reasons, as well as the reasons mentioned in the previous question’s answers, that Osiris died, and died the way he did.
Eric Wallace Talks Teen Hero’s Titans Turn
information courtesy of http://www.newsarama.com
By Vaneta Rogers
posted: 30 April 2010 01:53 pm ET
It’s something every teenager’s parent thinks about: Will my teen hang out with the good kids or the bad?
In the DCU, a recently resurrected teen named Osiris is most decidedly picking the bad guys as he becomes part of the Titans team in a storyline that kicks off next week with Titans: Villains for Hire Special #1.
Led by Deathstroke, the team that takes over the Titans title is made up of villains and fallen heroes. And as Slade takes over as leader, taking over writing duties for the comic will be Eric Wallace, the television-turned-comics-writer who debuted at DC with Final Crisis Aftermath: Ink.
Osiris, who was killed during the weekly series 52, was resurrected at the end of Blackest Night and is now one of the 12 characters whose return from the dead is making them a focus in Brightest Day.
Although we’ve spoken to Wallace before about his upcoming run on Titans, now that Osiris’ return is revealed, we extended the interview to find out some more details about what goes down in Titans: Villains for Hire. And while he wouldn’t talk about how this might set up a return of the Marvel family or Black Adam, he did answer a few questions, including stating that there are “big things planned” for Osiris.
Newsarama: Were you a reader of 52 when Osiris was introduced and killed, or was his character someone you had to research for your comics work? And what did you think of his character and story when you first read it?
Eric Wallace: I was not familiar with Osiris, so I had to go back and catch up on his appearances in 52, which I loved. His situation was so tragic. A young man who means well, who just wants to be a hero… then accidentally commits a horrific crime. And what is his punishment? Death and betrayal at the hands of a friend. That’s just great stuff, dramatically speaking. I was able to continue that story directly with Power of Shazam #48, but now with Titans, the fallout from Osiris’ guilt, death, and rebirth will be used to take the character to an even deeper, darker, and hopefully very interesting place.
Nrama: When you were writing Power of Shazam #48, were you aware that Osiris would be returning from the dead permanently? Did you set up the story you’ll be exploring in Titans?
Wallace: Yes, to both questions. That’s why I wanted that story to stand alone and have a definitive ending. I wanted folks to be surprised when it was announced that Osiris would join the Titans.
Nrama: When Osiris was originally introduced, he was just the kind kid brother of Isis. What can you tell us about who this character is now, after the events of Blackest Night?
Wallace: Osiris has lost his innocence. After his betrayal and murder at the hands of Sobek, he was resurrected as a Black Lantern. But even then, there was something different about him, something tortured. Osiris is what I call a “haunted” character. What haunts him is more than just his past, it’s his inner demons. Those demons will surface very quickly in the Titans stories. Where they take him… I can’t tell you just yet. Let’s just say Osiris is about to travel down a very bumpy road, emotionally speaking!
Nrama: How does Osiris get involved in the story of Titans and how do other characters in the series react?
Wallace: How Osiris joins the Titans is revealed in Titans: Villains For Hire Special #1. As for how the other Titans react to having an inexperienced kid on their team, they don’t treat him with much respect. And that causes big problems early on for the team, starting in Titans #24.
Nrama: I know we’ve discussed your opening story before, but now that you can discuss things a little more openly, what kind of story are you telling in Titans?
Wallace: The first overall story arc is an epic tragedy. The results are dark smaller stories that tell pieces of a very intense puzzle. An unflinching tone is set immediately with the Special and in the first regular issue, Titans #24. There’s a reason these people are “villains for hire.” And believe me when I say that the missions they take aren’t to save cats from trees. They’re brutal.
Nrama: What kind of a journey will we see Osiris going through? Is it a type of story that people can identify with?
Wallace: Yes, I think people will identify with what Osiris is going through. I don’t know about everyone else, but I know that there are things in my life I’ve done, things I wish I could change. But I can’t. No one can. And that’s life. How we deal with those things, how we overcome the tragedies in our lives, defines us. And if you’re lucky, it can save us. Even redeem us. This is the journey Osiris will undertake. But it’s a long road. And he’ll have to get through a long night, in order to make it to a brighter morning.
Nrama: What is Deathstroke’s motivation for what he’s doing? And what’s it been like writing this character in this story?
Wallace: I can’t tell you just yet. I will say everything that happens to Osiris and the other Titans will be Deathstroke’s fault, be it good or bad. As for what it’s like to write him, it’s just plain fun! The guy can go to such dark, horrific places. Yet at the same time, there’s a really humane side to him. So yeah, I’m having a blast.
Nrama: Are you working in conjunction with Geoff Johns and Peter Tomasi and their work on Brightest Day? Does your story tie directly into what they’re doing?
Wallace: I’m working very closely with Geoff, especially on the Special #1, sketching out plans for where both he and I would like Osiris to go. And let me tell you, there are some very big things planned for this character. It’s really exciting to be a part of it.
Nrama: It was revealed in this month’s Brightest Day #0 that Osiris now has the statues of Black Adam and Isis, and he intends to bring them back. How is his time with the Titans related to his quest for the return of his family?
Wallace: They’re completely intertwined, but I can’t reveal the details about how just yet. I can say that you’ll start to see answers as to how the statues fit into the Osiris/Titans storylines almost immediately, beginning in the regular Titans run that starts with issue #24.
Nrama: Anything else you want to tell readers about Titans and Brightest Day?
Wallace: Every member of this new Titans team begins their own “Brightest Day” storyline hoping to find some form of inner peace, redemption, or resolution in their troubled lives. But these Titans are not friends or allies. They’re villains and fallen heroes who have been forced together by circumstance. This means it’s only a matter of time before their dark pasts catch up with them. If they can find a way to work together, they might survive the dawn. But if they can’t, there’s an even greater darkness waiting to consume them, and their individual hopes for a brighter day will fade forever. That’s what’s a stake for these characters. Stay tuned to find out what happens.
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