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Risk

Alias: Cody Driscoll

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

Risk Quick Bio: The H’San Natall race produced alien/human hybrids that would be activated with super-human powers on their 16th birthdays. On that day, Cody ‘Risky’ Driscoll learned he had fives times the speed, strength and stamina of an average 16 year old. As Risk, daredevil Cody joined the Teen Titans. Risk became furious at the world after losing both arms in battle – prompting the teen thrill-seeker to embark on a life of crime.

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Hero History


Risky Driscoll

Raised in the Colorado community of Cosmos, Cody has lived alone with his mother in one of the worst trailer parks. His father died when he was just six months old. His mother has had two husbands since, so it hasn’t been easy for Cody.

On his sixteenth birthday, Cody starting to develop super-human abilities, including enhanced speed, strength and dexterity. Cody, although an above average student, was always a bit of a thrill junkie and trouble maker. He made a hobby out of rebelling against authority. It was during one such stunt, sneaking into the government facility known as NORAD, that Cody was teleported away.

Awakening on the alien ship of the dreaded H’San Natall, Cody met other super-powered teenagers in the same situation. Together, they rescued another meta-human teenaged girl who was raised in a virtual-reality simulator program. 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].

Fellow teammate Prysm developed a crush on Cody, although he seemed more interested in pursuing Argent at the time.

After a battle with Haze, fellow teammate Joto seemingly died, leaving the team devastated. The group almost broke up after Joto’s ‘death’, and Argent was instrumental in initiating a membership drive to keep the Titans together – with new members Fringe and Captain Marvel Jr. joining as well.

After another altercation with the H’San Natall and The Veil, The team discovered that Joto was indeed alive. They rescued him, and Prysm and Fringe elected to remain in space. As Risk said goodbye to Prysm, he told her he loved her. The rest of the team decided to go their separate ways and disbanded. Risk returned to Colorado to resume living with his mother.

ABOVE: Risk bids Prysm a tender goodbye.
BELOW: After rescuing Joto and defeating the H’San Natall, the team goes
their separate ways, as seen in TEEN TITANS #24 [1998].

Risk 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, Cyborg.

There were some reports that Risk had become a petty criminal, but these rumors appear to be unfounded; Risk was later spotted assisting Young Justice with their assault on Zandia.

Unarmed And Dangerous

When Superboy from Earth Prime ran amok during the Infinite Crisis, Superboy called on his Titans allies to subdue his Kryptonian doppelganger. The misguided Superboy-Prime slaughtered several Titans and ripped off Risk’s right arm, before being pulled into the Speed Force by the combined might of the super-speedsters. Superboy-Prime was later imprisoned by the Green Lantern Corps.

ABOVE: Risk is maimed by Superboy Prime in INFINITE CRISIS #4 [2005].
BELOW: Risk joins Deathstroke’s Titans East team and rejects Cyborg’s
spare parts in TEEN TITANS #44 [2007].

Furious at the world, Risk began to seek thrills by committing petty crimes while living in his ramshackle trailer in Colorado. Feeling abandoned by the Titans, Risk was later recruited by Deathstroke to become a member of his Titans East. The villainous team then hunted down the Teen Titans one by one. Risk captured and dismantled Cyborg, looking to co-opt his cybernetic arm for his own. But Risk then rejected that notion, insisting he only needs his anger to hold onto. When Titans East disbanded after being defeated by the Teen Titans, Risk was left directionless.

Freed from imprisonment by Sinestro, Superboy-Prime made his way to earth and was confronted by a large contingent of super-heroes ready to bring him down. Seeking revenge, Risk confronted the delusional Kryptonian once more, only to have his left arm ripped off by the enraged super-villain.

Risk loses his second arm at the hands of Superboy-Prime in
TALES OF THE SINESTRO CORPS PRESENTS: SUPERMAN-PRIME [2007].

Powers & Abilities


Risk is stronger and faster than the average human, and his senses are more acute. His strength, speed and senses are multiplied about six times the average human. He is hyper everything. The adrenaline rushing through his body makes him take a greater Risk each time.

 

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 #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.
Titans Secret Files #2 [2000]: There is a double page spread illustrating a ‘TITANS: Where are they now?’ A criminal organization called the 1,000 did a data search of the Titans, it located all Titans, dead and alive. The results of Risk’s search indicated he is now a petty thief on the run.
Infinite Crisis #4 [2005] & Teen Titans #32 [2005]: Superboy-Prime attacks Superboy. Superboy calls on his Titans allies to subdue his Kryptonian doppelganger. The misguided Superboy-Prime inadvertently decapitates Pantha and slaughters Baby Wildebeest and Bushido; He then freezes Red Star into crystal ice and rips off Risk’s right arm before being pulled into the Speed Force by the combined might of the super-speedsters. Death of Pantha, Baby Wildebeest and Bushido.
Teen Titans #38 [2006]: A downtrodden Cody Driscoll commits petty crimes while living in his ramshackle trailer in Colorado. Furious at the loss of his arm, Cody is approached by Deathstroke to join his Titans East team.
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 appearances of Kid Crusader and Sun Girl in issue #43.
Tales Of The Sinestro Corps Presents: Superman-Prime [2007]: Freed from imprisonment by Sinestro, Superboy-Prime makes his way to earth and is confronted by a large contingent of super-heroes ready to bring him down. Seeking revenge, Risk confronts the delusional Kryptonian once more, only to have his left arm ripped off by the enraged super-villain. After reflecting on his past, Prime basks in the yellow sun and declares himself Superman-Prime.


A 2004 convention sketch of Risk by Dan Jurgens.


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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