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Prysm

Alias: Audrey Spears

Titans Member
Joined:
Teen Titans (second series) #1 [1996]

Prysm Quick Bio: An alien/human hybrid, Prysm grew up as “Audrey Spears” in a virtual reality picture-perfect world based on earth’s television shows. The Teen Titans pulled her out and welcomed her into their ranks. Able to absorb and reflect light, Prysm is a force to be reckoned with; But the shy and naïve heroine just wants to fit in.

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Hero History


Alien Upbringing

While all other Titan hybrids were born and raised on earth as part of an alien genetics experiment, the H’San Natall tried something quite different with Prysm. Prysm’s mother was inseminated aboard a spaceship as it left earth’s atmosphere. Her mother was then locked up for the next nine months and gave birth to Prysm. The child was placed in a sensory deprivation suit through which life experiences would be fed to her based on old 50’s earth shows. She was a princess living with her pet dragon, D’ann, and her two brothers and little sister. She had a father who knew best and a mother who baked apple pies. It was a simple, idyllic life.

But it was all a lie. A lie that was about to be exposed.

Awakening on the alien ship of the dreaded H’San Natall, four super-powered teenagers in the same situation. Once on the alien ship, they were placed in deprivation suits and entered Prysm’s fantasy world. Eventually, they escaped this world and returned to reality – which was a shock to Prysm, who learned her whole life was a fabrication. Worse yet, her glasslike appearance instantly made her an outcast. The group of teenagers escaped the aliens and returned to earth, where they found safe haven with the wealthy Loren Jupiter and his enigmatic associate, Omen.

Teen Titans

During the adventure, the teens learned that they were half-alien, and their mothers were impregnated by the H’San Natall years ago. All born on June 21st, the kids were part of a sleeper agent program by the H’San Natall to defeat the super-powered beings already on Earth. The group stayed together, and with the funding of Loren Jupiter, became the newest incarnation of the Teen Titans. The heat-generating Isaiah Crockett became Joto; Toni Monetti’s silver plasma powers earned her the codename, Argent; With enhanced speed and strength, Cody Driscoll took the nickname, Risk; And the alien girl who could absorb and project light adopted the name, Prysm. Atom decided to remain on the team to learn how to readjust to his life as a teenager, since he was de-aged by Extant during the Zero Hour Crisis.

ABOVE: Omen reveals the H’San Natall’s sinister plan.
BELOW: The new Teen Titans gather in TEEN TITANS #3 [1996].


Prysm had a hard time adjusting to her new life and new appearance. She had a strong crush on Risk, who didn’t return her affections. During a mission that took the team to Skartaris, Prysm’s powers were stolen by the evil Motalla. Prysm had a chance at being human – and even Cody began to see her in a new light. Sadly, to defeat Motalla, Prysm had to reclaim her powers, and lose her human form in the process.

Prysm temporarily becomes human in TEEN TITANS #11 [1997].

After a battle with Haze, fellow teammate Joto seemingly died, leaving the team devastated. Complicating matters, Mr. Jupiter disbanded the Titans. Prysm felt she had nowhere to turn, and sought out Supergirl, who she sensed was a kindred spirit. Both heroines were soon drawn into a battle; Prysm sensed the gentle monster Fringe was in danger (she had a psychic link because Fringe was also a H’San Natall/human hybrid). Prysm and Supergirl were able to rescue Fringe from the bounty hunter, Jugular. At that time, Prysm and Fringe started to develop a strong bond.

Deciding to band together once more, Argent was instrumental in initiating a membership drive to keep the Teen Titans together. The team stayed together for a time with new members Fringe and Captain Marvel Jr. joining the team.

After another altercation with the H’San Natall and The Veil, Prysm discovered her mother, known as Queen Miraset, was alive and living among the H’San Natall. Prysm also met her father, Ch’ah, who had a glasslike appearance similar to Prysm. The Titans and Superman were able to talk to H’San Natall out of any further acts of aggression.

ABOVE: Prysm meets her parents: Her H’San Natall father, King Ch’Ah and human mother,
Queen Miraset in the pages of TEEN TITANS #24 [1998].
BELOW: Risk bids Prysm a tender goodbye in TEEN TITANS #24 [1998].

The outer-space adventure also reunited the team with the believed-dead Joto. The Teen Titans prepared to head back to earth, but Prysm and Fringe elected to remain in space. Prysm felt she was a freak on earth but, now, among her parents, she felt she had a home at last. The rest of the team returned to earth but decided to go their separate ways and disbanded.

Prysm and Fringe aided the Titans again during the Technis Imperative conflict, which involved the Justice League as well as all Titans, past and present. The two teams eventually worked together to save the earth and former Titans teammate, Victor Stone (Cyborg).

Powers & Abilities


Prysm is able to capture and reflect light. Her release of the light is often in the form of laser beams, with varying intensity. Prysm’s color also often reflects her mood (for example: blue is sad; red is angry).

 

Essential Reading


Teen Titans #1-3 [1996]: Three teenagers are kidnapped by the alien H’San Natall and joined by a fourth, as well as by the Atom. Dubbed Argent, Joto, Prysm, and Risk, these teenagers are taken in by Loren Jupiter and the mysterious Omen and become the new Teen Titans. First Atom as a Teen Titan in issue #1. First appearances of Argent, Risk, Joto and Prysm in issue #1.
Teen Titans #9-11 [1997]:
Looking for a presumed dead Prysm, the Teen Titans enter “The Lost World of Skartaris” for a three part sword and sorcery saga. Tearing through the land of eternal sun is a snake creature, whose master, Motalla, is drawn towards Prysm’s power. Motalla has given Prysm what she’s always wanted — the chance to become human. However, in order to do this, he’s taken away her powers and his plans could result in the end of Skartaris… and the Titans.
Supergirl & Prysm Double shot [1998]: Deep in the woods near Leesburg lurks a creature that has come to be known as Fringe. He comes searching for answers, and for the parents that abandoned him long ago. Also en route to Leesburg is the former Teen Titan named Prysm. With the team disbanded, she has no place to call home and she’s seeking out a kindred soul in Supergirl. Unfortunately for all, the galactic bounty-hunter Jugular is also coming to town. He’s got his sights set on both Fringe and Prysm, and he doesn’t care if Supergirl gets in his way.
Teen Titans #21-24 [1998] Four-Part “Titans Hunt”: The final TITANS storyline by writer/artist Dan Jurgens. Deathstroke hunts the Titans and delivers them to the H’San Natall. Once there, Prysm discovers her mother, known as Queen Miraset, is alive and living among the H’San Natall. Prysm also meets her father, Ch’ah, who has a glasslike appearance similar to Prysm. Pylon reveals the H’San Natall used a group called the Veil as a front for their objectives. On the outside, the Veil was an organization with one objective: Eliminate all alien influence from the planet earth. In actuality, its leader Pylon was a member of the H’San Natall. The Titans and Superman are able to talk to H’San Natall out of any further acts of aggression. The team also discovers that Joto is alive! They rescue him, but Prysm and Fringe elect to remain in space. The rest of the team return to earth but decide to go their separate ways and disband. The team disbands; Prysm meets her parents.

 

Dan Jurgens’ Teen Titans


Less than a year after the cancellation of the New Titans with #130 [1996], DC Comics decided to re-launch the Teen Titans concept. Dan Jurgens spear-headed the new concept and characters, with George Pérez providing inks. Jurgens’ Titans team was a group of teenagers united by a common origin: the sinister H’San Natall alien race produced alien/human half-breeds. The Teen Titans group included H’San Natall seedlings Argent, Risk, Joto and Prysm. The team was led by Atom, who had been de-aged to a teenager during the Zero Hour event.

Writer/Artist Dan Jurgens set out to create a diverse cast: “I tend to approach a group title differently from a solo character. What I think of first are the personalities and their family and social backgrounds. I knew I wanted an interesting blend of personalities. I start by pulling various elements together, adding characterizations, then powers and talents. First, I create an individual personality, then fit that into the concept of a team comic book for an interesting mix. There are a thousand comics out there right now that have young people with powers. You can pick them up by the dozen each week. I want us to be a little different by having more character-oriented stories; I want to create characters here that the readers are really going to become interested in.”

Although an all-new concept with all-new characters, Jurgens still provided ties to past Titans teams. The Teen Titans were funded by Loren Jupiter, who had funded the original Teen Titans for a time; allies included Omen (who was revealed to be former Titan, Lilith) and Neil Richards (former Teen Titans villain, the Mad Mod); a storyline in issues #12-15 featured a reunion of the original team.

The team seemingly broke up following events of #16. Following that issue, a number of one shots provided a spotlight for individual members. These double shots (February 1998) featured: Argent/Robin, Supergirl/Prysm, Atom/Impulse and Risk/Superboy. Issue #17 featured a membership drive, and new members Fringe and Captain Marvel Jr. joined the team. Former Titan Arsenal also joined the supporting cast.

These changes failed to invigorate the title. It seemed readers didn’t accept these new characters as “Titans” and the book, while not a failure, failed to reinvent the franchise. The title was canceled with issue #24.

Short List of Notable Appearances
Teen Titans #1-24
Teen Titans Annual #1
Titans Beat Promotional Flyer
Robin & Argent Double Shot
Superboy & Risk Double Shot
Supergirl & Prysm Double Shot
Impulse & Atom Double Shot
New Year’s Evil: Dark Nemesis #1

 

Dan Jurgens’ Take on Teen Titans Members


from Wizard #60 [1996]

RISK: “Cody Driscoll is loose, flamboyant and bored stiff by school and other aspects of everyday life. And he’s hyper, in the truest sense of the word. His abilities are increased over those of the average person by a multiple of five: five times the speed, five times the strength and five times the ability to get into trouble. I could see him emerging as the real star of the book, and he’s certainly a character who is very different from the Atom, which should prove interesting.”

SLAG: “lsaiah Crockett has heat-based powers. He can do incredible things with waves of heat and, when he’s touching it, he can even melt steel or concrete with his bare hands In many ways, he is the most stable and normal member of the group, because the last thing I to write was yet another sullen black youth from the ghetto. lsiah is very solid middle-class, with a very healthy family relationship.”

ARGENT: “Toni Monetti comes from a very wealthy family, one where material things have been more important than love and understanding. She seems bright and happy and perky, but she is really very lonely and isolated. Her power is the ability to create and fire plasma energy bolts that become instantly tangible.”

PRYSM: “Audrey Spears comes from the most bizarre family situation of all, in that she did not grow up on earth, but was raised by aliens in a controlled atmosphere, something like living in a ‘Brady Bunch’ or other sitcom world. She can capture and reflect light, fire light beams and travel at light speed. By emptying her body of light, she can become nearly invisible. She is potentially the most powerful of all the Titans.”

ATOM: And then there’s the Atom, a Silver Age DC character who went from thirty-something to teenager in Zero Hour two years ago. The shrinking hero will be team leader-, and Jurgens is looking forward to him being in the Titans, “The Atom has always been fairly conservative both socially and politically, and now he’s a kid again. He appears to be I7, even though he’s really in his mid-30s, and has been married and divorced,” says Jurgens, “How is he going to handle that?” Jurgens believes the Atom (a.k.a. Ray Palmer) is a pleasant throwback to the heroes of yesterday. “He becomes a DC Silver- Age character that’s preserved in a way, and need not become a dark, brooding character like many Silver Age characters have become. Hal Jordan has gone nuts, Aquaman is a hermit that lives under the sea, Hawkman is.. well, you figure it out.”


Sources for this entry: DC Secret Files, Teen Titans [1996] letters page bio entries supplemented by titanstower.com


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