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Team Titans FAQ

Q: Who was the Team Titans Leader?

A: It was actually the much-loathed Danny Chase. Originally, Marv Wolfman said he was meant to be an adult Danny Chase. It was revealed in the series to be Monarch. “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.”

As the series began to sputter, the powers-that-be decided to cancel the title. At the same time, DC was planning ZERO HOUR, which would redefine the DC Universe. It was an ‘opportunity’ to dump DC Continuity garbage, and I suppose DC considered this alternate future team as part of that. So after-the-fact, Phil Jimenez and Jeff Jensen weaved Monarch as leader of the Team Titans. It is unknown WHOSE idea it was to do this.

Q: Who was that Kole lurking about in the series?

A: Kole mysteriously reappeared in Team Titans #8 [1993]. In that issue, the Teamers investigate a rash of vampire attacks and encounter a mysterious woman that bears a strong resemblance to the dead-Titan, Kole. This ‘Kole’ seemed to be the same Kole who allied herself with the Titans and perished in the Crisis on Infinite Earths. Kole made references to being ‘nothing alive’ – the implication being she may have been a ghost of some sort.

In Team Titans #9-10, 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. In Team Titans #11-12, 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. Kole again mysteriously disappears.

Marv Wolfman seemed to have something in mind when re-introducing Kole. When Phil Jimenez & Jeff Jensen took over the book, this plotline [and character] were swept under the rug. Kole did not appear again until the very end of the series. They simply explained her away as part of Monarch’s manipulations. This was done in a very subtle way: Kole’s body is seen hanging behind Monarch in his lair in Team Titans #24.

Phil Jimenez on Kole (from DC Message Boards): “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.”

Q: Why/How did the Joker’s Daughter appear in the series?

A: Duela Dent appeared in TEAM TITANS # 13 (OCT 1993) as a mental patient.

Dialogue from the issue:
DOCTOR: “You had the dream again, Duela. Tell us about it.”
DUELA: “Oh, it’s not a dream. I keep telling you that. I was a Teen Titan. And I wore a beautiful costume. I had a pipe, and Speedy hated me. Oh, and we fought the Mad Mod. I’m sure of it. And Robin…Robin loved me.”
DOCTOR: “Duela, you understand that you’re too old to ever have been a Teen Titan.

Phil Jimenez explains her appearance: “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.”

In official continuity, her appearance is a Zero Hour time glitch.

Q: What ever happened to the Team Titans?

A: As the series began to sputter, the powers-that-be decided to cancel the title. At the same time, DC was planning ZERO HOUR, which would redefine the DC Universe. It was an ‘opportunity’ to dump DC Continuity garbage, and I suppose DC considered this alternate future team as part of that.

It was revealed that the Team Titans leader in the future was the villainous Monarch! He created that false future world so he could train meta-humans (The Team Titans) to act as sleeper agent assassins. He brought various super-powered beings from alternate realities and trained them as Team Titans [revealed in ZERO HOUR mini series]. 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) commanded all the Team Titans to attack the heroes who were trying to unravel this time crisis. Extant sought to use the time disruption to his advantage. His plan was thwarted; the heroes contained the Teamers. Time continued to collapse, erasing the false timelines that had emerged. As a result, all the Team Titans were erased from existence!

Strangely enough, three people remained unscathed from Monarch’s false timeline: Tara Markov (Terra II), Miriam Delgado (Mirage) and Deathwing (who was believed to be a future Dick Grayson). They were revealed to be from ‘our’ timeline.

Q: Do people in the DC Universe remember the Team Titans?

A: Yep. Although erased from existence, everyone remembers their adventures with them. It’s as if they died.

Q: Do any of the Teamers have counterparts in ‘our’ timeline?

A: Yep. They searched for them in TEAM TITANS #6. Redwing discovered that the Levines had twin girls, instead of boy/girl twins (Carrie and Jon Levine). Kilowatt found 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 found himself as a ten year old boy. In his reality, he was hit by a truck on Christmas Eve and taken in by Lord Chaos shortly afterward to be experimented on; Those experiments led to his current vampiric incarnation. Dagon was able to prevent his alternate-self from being hit by the truck at all. Battalion tracked down his future-wife, Essie, only to find she was engaged to another man.

Mirage and Terra II didnt search for their counterparts; Terra II thought hers was dead. Mirage later learned she was from this timeline [NEW TITANS ANNUAL #11].

 


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