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Power Boy

Alias: Unknown

Titans Member
Joined:
Teen Titans [third series] #38 [2006]

Power Boy Quick Bio: Raised on the hellish world of Apokolips, a power-enhanced boy learned his superhuman abilities were fueled by the emotions of others. Originally an agent of Darkseid, the teen abandoned the demonic despot when he fell in love with Supergirl. Assuming the name “Power Boy,” he became a Teen Titan only to be slain by the Sons of Trigon.

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History


Apokolips Now

Raised on the hellish world of Apokolips in the slums of Armegetto, the boy who would be Power Boy was taken from his home to serve Darkseid. He was trained as a warrior and schooled in the ways of earth culture so he could evenually be placed there as a “hero” in disguise.

The boy learned he could harness great powers by channeling love, fear, anger and pain from others. Since his abilities were empathic in nature, that same channeling could also cause him to become violent and unpredictable when fueled by anger or rage.

Power Boy’s origin and infatuation with Supergirl are both revealed in SUPERGIRL #15 [2007].

As a teen, the boy spied Supergirl, who had been kidnapped and brainwashed by the evil Darkseid, and immediately fell in love with the Girl of Steel. Believing his destiny was with Supergirl, the teen from Apokolips abandoned Darkseid’s plans and made his way across the universe using the dimension-hopping Father Box. Taking the name “Power Boy”, he arrived on earth hoping to meet Supergirl.

After the tragic events of the Infinite Crisis, the Teen Titans looked to bolster their ranks. Power Boy and Little Barda (who also hailed from Apokolips) joined the team. both hoping it would be good training and exposure. But when the Teen Titans met Luthor’s new Infinity Inc. team, their “team-up” resulted in the death of Infinity team member, Eliza Harmon. Following that tragedy, both Power Boy and Little Barda left the Titans.

Little Barda and Power Boy joined the Teen Titans during a desperate
membership drive, as seen in in 52: WEEK TWENTY ONE [2006].

Super Stalker

While on patrol, Power Boy came to the rescue of Supergirl, who was on a mission with the Outsiders. After that adventure, he began to date the Girl of Steel. Supergirl herself was unaware that Power Boy had been stalking her since his arrival on earth. After becoming unreasonably possessive, Power Boy attacked Supergirl and deluded himself into thinking he was actually saving her.

Power Boy blamed his outburst on his rage channeling powers, but Supergirl didn’t accept his excuse and subsequently broke off their relationship.

ABOVE: Power Boy gets possessive in SUPERGIRL #15 [2007].
BELOW: Power Boy explains the nature of his powers in SUPERGIRL #15 [2007].

Titans East Massacre

After reclaiming Titans Island on the East River, Cyborg set out to create an East Coast Titans team. After the elder Titans turned down membership, Cyborg gathered a Titans East composed of Hawk & Dove, Power Boy, Little Barda, Anima, Lagoon Boy and Son of Vulcan.

During a routine training exercise, Cyborg ordered the rest of the team to take down Power Boy. But the newest Titans were shocked to discover Power Boy’s burned corpse hanging from a tree. Before the team could react, they were savagely attacked by the children of Trigon.

The so-called Fourth World was obliterated during the Final Crisis, claiming all who originated from New Genesis and Apokolips. But with the death of the New Gods, a new era was heralded – giving rise to a Fifth World. So perhaps we haven’t seen the last of Power Boy.

ABOVE: Power Boy  joins the ill-fated Titans East in TEEN TITANS EAST SPECIAL [2007].
BELOW: Power Down! The team discovers Power Boy’s burned corpse.



Powers & Abilities


Due to being born on Apokolips and enhanced by Darkseid, Power Boy has superhuman strength, speed and durability. Power Boy can also form simple energy constructs and force beams. Power Boy’s powers are empathic in nature; he learned he could harness great powers by channeling love, pain, hate and rage from others.

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A 2009 Power Boy commission by Joe Philips, from the collection of Jeff Streeter.

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Essential Reading


Teen Titans #38 [2006]: 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-One [2006]: Beast Boy’s rag-tag team of Titans – Raven, Power Boy, Little Barda, Zatara and Hotspot – meet Luthor’s new Infinity, Inc. team of “heroes.” After the death of Infinity member, Eliza Harmon, Little Barda and Power Boy quit the team. Unknown to the heroes, Eliza’s death was caused by Luthor himself.
Supergirl #11 [2006]: Supergirl joins the Outsiders, but does she have what it takes? Powerboy rescues Supergirl on the last page of this issue.
Supergirl #13 [2006]: Look out! It’s a deadly night on the town for Supergirl and her new boyfriend, Power Boy!
Supergirl #14 [2006]: As Supergirl battles Batgirl, Power Boy is revealed as a super-stalker.
Supergirl #15 [2006]: Power Boy becomes jealous of Supergirl’s friendship with Captain Boomerang. His jealousy turns to rage and he attacks the Girl of Steel. Power Boy reveals his origin on Apokolips, where he was raised to be a soldier for Darkseid and given great powers that were fueled by the anger and rage of others. It was on Apokolips that Power Boy fell in love with Supergirl, he confesses. Shocked and repulsed by his actions, Supergirl ends her relationship with Power Boy. Origin of Power Boy.
Teen Titans East Special [2007]: A flashback reveals an untold tale of the New Teen Titans saving a pop star from Joker and Bizarro. Flash to the present: Cyborg seeks out his old Titans allies to become Titans once again. All the elder Titans (Nightwing, Flash, Troia, Raven, Starfire, Red Arrow and Beast Boy) turn him down. Undaunted, Cyborg gathers a Titans East composed of Hawk & Dove, Power Boy, Little Barda, Anima, Lagoon Boy and Son of Vulcan. During a routine training exercise, Cyborg orders the rest of the team to take down Power Boy. Power Boy holds his own against the heroes, until Dove takes a leadership role and starts using teamwork to reign in Power Boy. The team is then shocked to discover Power Boy’s lifeless, burned body hanging from a tree. Before the team can react, they are savagely attacked by an unseen foe shooting laser blasts from the sky. Continued in Titans #1. Cyborg, Hawk & Dove, Power Boy, Little Barda, Anima, Lagoon Boy and Son of Vulcan form Titans East in this issue; the team is also massacred in this issue. Death of Power Boy.

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A 2009 Power Boy commission by George Pérez, from the collection of Eric Sellers.

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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 [2006])

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.

Power Boy 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]
  • Believing his destiny is with Supergirl, a teen from Apokolips makes his way across the universe using the dimension-hopping Father Box. Taking the name “Power Boy”, he arrives on earth hoping to meet Supergirl. [SG #15]
  • Power Boy, Little Barda and Hotspot have joined the Titans. [52w21]
  • Beast Boy’s rag-tag team of Titans – Raven, Power Boy, Little Barda, Zatara and Hotspot – meet Luthor’s new Infinity, Inc. team of “heroes.” During the battle, Infinity member Eliza Harmon dies. At Eliza’s funeral, Hotspot, Little Barda and Power Boy quit the team. Unknown to the heroes, Eliza’s death was caused by Luthor himself. Sensing something is awry, Gar offers his help to Steel in investigating Lex Luthor. [52w21]

For a complete timeline of the “one year gap,” click here.



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