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Series Index: Team Titans




Team Titans #1 [1992] to Team Titans #24 [1994]

The Future Is Now

The “Titans Hunt” storyline included the introduction of the Team Titans, a group of time-tossed teenagers from a bleak future ruled by Lord Chaos. Introduced in New Titans #79 [1991], a mysterious group of teens were tracking Donna Troy in an attempt to kill her. On the last page, the Team Titans membership is revealed: Mirage, Redwing, Nightrider, Killowat – and Terra! This last page shocker was followed-up in New Titans Annual #7, where the alternate future world of the Team Titans was established. Given orders by a mysterious leader, The Team Titans were sent back in time to eliminate Donna Troy before she could give birth to her son, who will turn out to be Lord Chaos. The Teamers’ arrival in the present is detailed in New Titans #80.

When the Team Titans were created for the 1991 New Titans Annual, writer Marv Wolfman said he had no idea that the group would get their own title. Editor Jonathan Peterson suggested that the annual feature Nightwing leading a Titans group in the future. “I didn’t just want to have him lead a group fighting Monarch, and I realized it would be more exciting to develop a parallel story,” recalled Wolfman. “Rarely can you come up with many characters all at once that work, but in this case, all the characters and their origins jelled quickly. It was very much like when I did the original Teen Titans group. They came one right after another. The Team Titans were all designed by [artist] Tom Grummett, and we realized we had more than an annual story. There was immediate interest at DC, because the characters worked. So, we figured out a way to bring these characters back into our present.”

The Team Titans continued to track Donna Troy in New Titans #85-89 [1992], as Terra II made herself known to Changeling – while Mirage made her own plans to win the heart of Nightwing. As Donna’s pregnancy accelerated, it led into a final three-way conflict with the Team Titans, New Titans and Lord Chaos. Team Titans #1-3 featured a crossover with New Titans #90-92 and Deathstroke #14-16 called “Total Chaos.” The Team Titans first clashed and then teamed up with the Titans to ultimately defeat Lord Chaos. Team Titans #1 was released in five different versions, but unlike variant cover gimmicks, all five were double-sized while selling for the regular price. Although all contained a common story, each also included a different full-length origin story for a group member (Mirage, Terra II, Nightrider, Redwing and Killowat).

Team Titans was written by Marv Wolfman and #1-3 featured art by Kevin Maguire. Later, art chores were assumed by Phil Jimenez with issue #7. Wolfman left the title with Team Titans #12.

Wolfman later reflected on his Team Titans tenure in a titanstower.com interview: ” Jonathan Peterson asked me to do a one-shot annual featuring these alternate universe characters. I came up with them for a one-shot only and somehow they get put into their own book. Had I known that was going to happen I would have spent a lot more time working on them so they could sustain a book. I never thought they should be their own title as they were a one-note concept. The Team Titans title was not one of my favorites. I did like the individual members, though, and I really liked what I did with their origin stories. It’s just the book itself never should have been published.”

X-Force-Fitting The Team Titans

Jeff Jensen and Phil Jimenez co-wrote the book starting with Team Titans #13 until its cancellation with Team Titans #24 in 1994. The last few issues of the book featured art by Terry Dodson.

The book seemed to be conceived as an answer to Marvel’s popular X-Force, with its teenage warriors and tough drill sergeant mentor/leader (Battalion subbing for X-Force’s Cable). The concept never caught on with readers and the book was ultimately canceled. The Team Titans’ fate was revealed in Zero Hour, where their timeline collapsed, thus erasing all the characters from existence (except Terra, Mirage and Deathwing).

Jimenez later reflected of his Team Titans tenure on an AOL chat: “I signed on to do a particular kind of self-aware, kitschy project while the higher ups wanted the new X-Force – and everything we had planned got screwed up by Zero Hour – none of which were particularly good for the team, DC Comics, or my career. We had originally intended to explore various things with the Team; Mirage’s psycho pregnancy; Killowat’s subtle racism, the possibility that Terra was a lesbian earth elemental. Kole was Marv’s doing, not mine and we had to explain her away. In our original plan, the Team Titans were from an alternate time line and Terra was that time line’s Earth elemental and she was going to be a lesbian.”

“Mirage was going to go nuts during her pregnancy, and try to shape change it out of existence and it would be invulnerable to that, and she’d eventually kill herself. Mirage was never a favorite. But I found the drama of her after-rape period ripe with possibilities.”

“We were going to explore the Joker’s Daughter angle. We were going to find out that the Joker’s Daughter was insane – that her memories of the Titans (now non-continuity) were just ravings in her head. She was going to steal the Time Commander’s hourglass and reshape Manhattan into the island that she remembered, recreating a 70’s world of heroes, villains, and icons that the Titans would find themselves in.”

Alternate Futures

The Team Titans seemed full of possibilities – and missed opportunities. Kole returned in the pages of Team Titans only to mysteriously disappear. Phil Jimenez’s plans for the book were contrary to DC’s vision. The Joker’s Daughter appeared in issue #13 – and was never seen again. And then there’s the Team Titans leader…

The idea of Monarch as the leader of the Team Titans seemed like a last minute Zero Hour shuffle – and it was. Phil Jimenez revealed as much, “We were told to write that this second Kole, as well as nearly every other character we introduced in Team Titans, was a creation of Extant/Monarch, in order to lead the Titans down the path they would need to be super-powered assassins. So Kole was nothing more than an Extant-created construct.”

But who was intended as the original Team Titans leader? It was actually the much-loathed Danny Chase. “That was part of the idea of making Danny Chase tolerable,” editor Jonathan Peterson admitted in a 2005 interview with titanstower.com. “We could make him like John Conner from Terminator 2. He goes from whiny kid to leader of the rebellion.”

Perhaps the most interesting angle to the Team Titans was editor Jonathan Peterson’s original plan, ” I thought, if Marvel has X-Men and New Mutants, we should do the same, so Marv said, “Okay, so we’ll have a new Teen Titans,” and then Kevin Maguire suggested we alter it, and call it Team Titans. ”

“[…] I wanted to get the Teen Titans back, so I explained my whacked out idea. I really wanted Robin, Wonder Girl, Kid Flash, Changeling, Raven, Starfire and Cyborg back to what they were originally, so I wanted to do an alternate dimension or timeline, and I turned to Kevin and said “You get to launch an all-new Titans book and design them from the ground up.” Not only that, but this alternate universe would have an alternate young Robin, and alternate young Starfire and all the rest. The plan for Team Titans was a secret one. With the first Team Titans Annual, or at the end of the first 12 issues, I told Kevin he would then be re-launching the Teen Titans with alternate versions of the core-seven members.”

“My plan there was to have those members slowly grow in those twelve issues. They would grow or move on or be phased out. That would lead into the first Annual. That Annual would introduce our alternate [universe], younger Teen Titans. The book would change it’s title to Teen Titans and feature the alternate, younger versions of those core-seven Titans. That was the plan.”


Series Index:
Team Titans #1-24
Team Titans Annual #1-2

Crossover Index:
Deathstroke #14-16
New Titans #79-80, 85-92, 100
New Titans Annual #7
Titans $ell-out! Special #1
Zero Hour #0-4

Key Issues and Storylines:
New Titans #79-80, Annual #7 : Origin and introduction of the Team Titans; The Teamers emerge in the present to kill Donna Troy.
Team Titans #1-3, New Titans #90-92, Deathstroke #14-16: “Total Chaos” – The Teamers hunt Donna Troy as she is about to give birth to Lord Chaos; Battalion emerges; Teamers’ origins are told in Team Titans #1.
Team Titans #6: The Team Titans celebrate the holidays, by going in search of their pasts, here In the present.
Team Titans #17-20: The Team Titans encounter other Titans teams sent to the past, including one led by the evil Lazarium; Monarch revealed as leader in #20.
Zero Hour #4-0: The Team Titans are erased from existence.

Notable Creative Runs:
Marv Wolfman, Writer: Team Titans #1-12
Phil Jimenez & Jeff Jensen, Writers: Team Titans #13-24
Kevin Maguire, Artist: Team Titans #1-3
Phil Jimenez, Artist: Team Titans #7-16
Terry Dodson, Artist: Team Titans #17-24


Series Index: Team Titans


Team Titans #1-3, New Titans #90-92, Deathstroke #14-16 [1992]: “Total Chaos” – The Team Titans have been sent to the past to kill the pregnant Troia before she gives birth to her son, who could become a god-powered dictator named Lord Chaos in the future. The Team is defeated, and Troia, having lost her powers, gives birth to a normal baby boy. Mirage of the Team Titans kidnaps Starfire and impersonates her so that she can date Nightwing. First appearance of Battalion in Team Titans #2. Birth of Robert Troy Long. Team Titans #1 is released in five different versions, but unlike variant cover gimmicks, all five are double-sized while selling for the regular price. Although all contain a common story, each also includes a different full-length origin story for a group member [Origins of Mirage, Terra II, Nightrider, Redwing and Killowat]. Donna Troy asks the Titans of Myth to remove her powers in Team Titans #3.

Titans $ell-out! Special #1 [1992]: Written by Marv Wolfman with art by Tom Grummett, Steve Erwin, Adam Hughes and others. This one-shot details events following the ‘Total Chaos’ Titans-related crossover. At Steve Dayton’s suggestion, the Titans look into merchandising themselves in an effort to increase their Q rating. Included in the book is a fold out poster by Art Thibert for the Nightwing limited series he was slated to draw. Also included in the book is the cartoon of the Titans, ‘Teeny Titans’.

Team Titans #4-5 [1992-1993]: Various Titans Teams from the future start emerging – including Judge and Jury, a misguided vigilante group, and Metallick, a group of teenager female rockers that can merge into a battle-bot. As Judge and Jury come into conflict with Metallick, Battalion enters the fray. Battalion’s ties to the Judge lead to revelations about his past. Meanwhile, the Teamers settle in their new home at Donna Troy Long’s farmhouse. First appearances of Judge & Jury and Metallick in issue #4. Origin of Battalion in issue #5.

Team Titans #6 [1993]: The Team Titans celebrate the holidays, by going in search of their pasts, here In the present. Redwing discovers that the Levines had twin girls, instead of boy/girl twins (Carrie and Jon Levine). Kilowatt finds the counterparts to the aunt and uncle that raised him – but discovered they were African American; It seemed unlikely he existed in this timeline at all. Dagon prevents his younger self from experiencing the accident he did as a child. Battalion tracks down his future-wife, Essie, only to find she is engaged to another man. Phantasm eases Terra’s and Mirage’s pains. Both Titans teams unite for a holiday gathering.

Team Titans #7 [1993]: The future-Nightwing emerges in the past and is reunited with the Teamers. Meanwhile, the Teamers settle in their new lives, building Donna’s farmhouse and attending school. A mysterious grey-cloaked figure stalks the future-Nightwing.

Team Titans #8 [1993]: The future-Nightwing has been attacked by the mysterious figure [later revealed to be a transformed Raven, having corrupted future-Nightwing with a ‘Trigon seed’]. This triggers startling changes in him, as he adopts the name Deathwing. Meanwhile, the Teamers investigate a rash of vampire attacks and encounter a mysterious woman that bears a strong resemblance to the dead-Titan, Kole. As they investigate further, they come across a nest of vampires. Later, as Deathwing is reunited with an amorous Mirage, he plans on attacking her. First appearance of future-Nightwing as Deathwing. First appearance of Kole since her death in Crisis on Infinite Earths #12.

Team Titans #9-10 [1993]: After a night of passion, Deathwing savagely attacks Mirage, leaving her devastated. A new group of scientifically created vampire hordes tempt Dagon to join them. The Teamers battle the vampires as Dagon resists them. Kole enters the fray, using her crystal spinning powers to refract the sunlight to destroy the vampires. She then mysteriously disappears. Deathwing, Judge & Jury and the mysterious cloaked figure [actually Raven] plot against the Titans teams. Continued in New Titans #100, as Raven and her allies attack the Titans.

New Titans #100 [1993]: Nightwing and Starfire’s wedding is interrupted by the return of Raven, now a villainous avatar of Trigon. Starfire is implanted with a Raven “seed” which eventually causes her to leave Earth and go on a spiritual journey. Evil Raven is assisted by the evil Deathwing and Judge & Jury. Sarge Steel begins his plans to assume control of Titans.

Team Titans #11-12 [1993]: Battalion decides to set things right between his wife, Essie, and himself. Just one little problem: she’s married to someone else in this time. As Battalion confronts Essie, Kole appears and helps him realize it isn’t the same woman he knew. Meanwhile, a Chaos Robot hunts Team Titans in the present. Metallick and the Teamers are unable to save a Titan known as Sunburst, as he is destroyed by the Chaos-drone. Only with the intervention of the mysterious Kole is the Chaos-drone destroyed.

Team Titans #13 [1993]: Clues start surfacing, hinting that the Team Titans time-jumping is more far-reaching than anyone realizes. Mirage is still dealing with the trauma of rape. Various time-motif villains gather together. A purple-haired mental patient named Duela claims she used to be a Teen Titan.

Team Titans #14 [1993]: Clock King, Time Commander, Calendar Man and Chronos are on the loose, and they have nothing less than world domination on their minds! So, of course, they start in the heart of society – a shopping mall. Meanwhile, Mirage buys a home pregnancy test.

Team Titans #15 [1993]: The Teamers – now heroes- are interviewed by newswoman Cokie Walters. The interview brings to light secret feelings and prejudices. A mysterious figure [Later revealed to be the mad-Titan, Lazarium (Joshua Kyle)] plans to use the interview footage to discredit the Teamers. Meanwhile, Battalion and an antique dealer named Syvlie Eisenberg investigate the origin of a Prestor Jon bracelet that surfaced in the 1940s.

Team Titans #16 [1994]: Nightrider finds himself unwillingly cast into the dreams and nightmares of his teammates, and comes face to face with their most private hopes, desires, passions and fears. Plus, the mysteries surrounding Mr. Bailey and the Leader deepen, as ancient cave sculptures and paintings show a disturbing link between the ancient past… and the far futurel

Team Titans #17-20 [1994]: “You Can’t Go Home Again” parts 1-4: Lazarium kidnaps Syvlie Eisenberg and Killowat, planning to siphon Killowat’s powers. A group of Elementals destroy Donna’s farmhouse while confronting Terra. Terra is aided by Prestor Jon, now in a new human form with new abilities, thanks to the Technis. Hundreds of Teamers convene in the present. Redwing begins transforming into a more predatory form. Lazarium, using his knowledge of the future, plans to supplant Lord Chaos as the Despot of the future-world. The legion of Teamers engage Lazarium in battle, and many are able to return home through a portal. Lazarium is killed when he is bitten by a bloodthirsty Dagon. Monarch is revealed as the Team Titan leader. First appearance of Prestor Jon in human form in issue #17. Monarch revealed as Team Titans leader in issue #20.

Team Titans #21 [1994]: Dozens of Team Titans are stranded in the past and ponder their futures. Donna Troy petitions the Titans of Myth to grant her powers again, but they reject her. Donna searches to reunite with Terry, only to find he has left her and is living with his ex-wife, Marcia. This issue guest stars Wonder Woman. Chronologically, Titans #25 [2001] follows up on these events with a flashback sequence wherein Terry asks Donna for a divorce.

Team Titans #22-23 [1994]: The stranded Teamers are supported through a new government-sanctioned program; The government appoints former Titans as superhero team leaders to the individual Teamer groups, including Aqualad, Mal Duncan, Karen Beecher and Flamebird. Chimera and Team Titans unearth secrets about the mutated creatures living in the nuclear wasteland that was once Qurac. Redwing transforms into a fierce avian form with talons and a beak – Warhawk, Bird of Prey. Donna Troy returns – as a Darkstar. The Teamers start showing violent sides, betraying Monarch’s manipulations.

Team Titans #24 [1994] FINAL ISSUE: Monarch rants about how the Teamers have been pawns all along and their true role will become apparent soon. The Teamers battle against all the havoc wrought by Zero Hour time glitches. Continued in the pages of Zero Hour.


Annuals & Specials


Team Titans Annual #1 [1993] The Teamers help teenager Chimera deal with her emerging illusion-casting abilities. Mirage recalls the abuses she experienced at the hands of Chaos’ soldiers. Part of the BLOODLINES DC Annuals, introducing new characters.

Team Titans Annual #2 [1994] Part of the ELSEWORLDS DC Annuals, with alternate version of DC characters. A outer-space version of the Team Titans battle the tyranny of Chaos.


Crossovers & Appearances of Note

IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

New Titans #79 [1991]: Donna fades away with a mysterious figure [as part of a War of the Gods crossover]. Deathstroke, Dayton, Pantha, Phantasm and Arella plan their next move. Councilwoman Elizabeth Alderman begins her crusade against the Titans as a platform in her bid for mayor. A mysterious group of teenagers try to track down Donna Troy in an attempt to kill her. On the last page, one of those teenagers is revealed as Terra! This issue features the first appearance of the Team Titans. Story continued in New Titans Annual #7 [which establishes the backstory of the Team Titans]. First appearance of Elizabeth Alderman.

New Titans Annual #7 and New Titans #80 [1991]: Waverider leaves an unconscious Nightwing to meet Joe Wilson, while in the future, a mysterious leader details his plans to his Team Titans: they will go back in time to eliminate Donna Troy before she can give birth to her son, who will turn out to be Lord Chaos. Lord Chaos vows to follow them to the past and insure his future. First appearance of Lord Chaos in New Titans Annual #7. First appearance of future-Nightwing (later Deathwing) in New Titans Annual #7.

New Titans #85 [1992]: “Dirge” Titans Hunt epilogue. The Titans attend a funeral for their fallen comrades. Gar Logan discovers Vic Stone in his robotic vegetable state. Aqualad continues to cling to life. The Team Titans continue to track Donna Troy. Phantasm gives the Titans a capsule from the Wildebeest Society, revealing the Baby Wildebeest inside. First appearance of Baby Wildebeest.

New Titans #86-87 [1992]: The Titans stay at Dayton Estates. Baby Wildebeest bonds with Pantha, much to her chagrin. The Team Titans continue to hunt Donna Troy while Lord Chaos, having seized control of a corporation, plots to stop them. Donna Troy learns she is pregnant. Terra II makes herself known to Changeling. Mirage kidnaps and replaces Starfire, although this is not revealed until later. Aqualad comes out of his coma in issue #87.

New Titans #88-89 [1992]: “Starfire” [really Mirage in disguise] and Nightwing develop new costumes. The Team Titans continue to hunt Donna Troy. Baby Wildebeest exhibits the ability to grow in size and strength. Despite her objections, Pantha relents to being Baby’s ‘momma.’ Donna Troy’s godlike fetus advances at an accelerated rate, putting her in her third trimester.

New Titans #100 [1993]: Nightwing and Starfire’s wedding is interrupted by the return of Raven, now a villainous avatar of Trigon. Starfire is implanted with a Raven “seed” which eventually causes her to leave Earth and go on a spiritual journey. Evil Raven is assisted by the evil Deathwing and Judge & Jury. Sarge Steel begins his plans to assume control of Titans.

New Titans #118-121 [1994]: Raven , now reborn as an avatar of Trigon, is intent on planting the seeds of Trigon’s unborn children into new vessels. She plants ‘Trigon seeds’ in Supergirl, Changeling, Magenta, Deathwing, and Thunder and Lightning. Eventually, Raven and her demon allies come into conflict with the Titans. With the help of Phantasm (who reforms himself, sensing he is needed), the Titans finally destroyed this evil incarnation of Raven (or so they think). Mirage seemingly has a miscarriage in issue #121. Deathwing is kept at STAR Labs, in hopes his ‘Trigon seed’ can be expunged in issue #121.

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.

Titans $ell-out! Special #1 [1992]: Written by Marv Wolfman with art by Tom Grummett, Steve Erwin, Adam Hughes and others. This one-shot details events following the ‘Total Chaos’ Titans-related crossover. At Steve Dayton’s suggestion, the Titans look into merchandising themselves in an effort to increase their Q rating. Included in the book is a fold out poster by Art Thibert for the Nightwing limited series he was slated to draw. Also included in the book is the cartoon of the Titans, ‘Teeny Titans’.

Zero Hour #4-0 [1994]: It is revealed that Monarch created the Team Titans’ false future world so he could train meta-humans to act as sleeper agent assassins. He brought various super-powered beings from alternate realities and trained them as Team Titans. He knew of the impending time crisis, and wanted a super-powered army at his command. Extant (the time villain that Monarch had transformed into) commands all the Team Titans to attack the heroes who are trying to unravel this time crisis. Extant sought to use the time disruption to his advantage. His plan is thwarted; the heroes contain the Teamers. Time continues to collapse, erasing the false timelines that had emerged. As a result, all the Team Titans are erased from existence! ‘Death’ of Battalion, Killowat, Dagon, Redwing, Prestor Jon and all the Team Titans. Mirage & Terra mysteriously survive.

 


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