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The Brotherhood of Evil

Teen Titans Adversaries
a.k.a. The Society of Sin

Related Links:  The Brain & Monsieur MallahMadame Rouge
General Zahl • PhobiaWarpPlasmusHounganTrinity
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History


The Brotherhood of Evil is a powerful international crime syndicate that was founded years ago. Its inner circle was originally comprised the Brain, a disembodied human brain preserved in a special fluid; Monsieur Mallah, a gorilla given superhuman intelligence through the Brain’s surgical techniques; and Madame Rouge, an elastic villainess gifted with extraordinary disguise skills.

The Brotherhood of Evil battled the original Doom Patrol numerous times before Rouge was finally driven insane after one of the Brain’s experimental surgical operations. Allying herself with General ZahI, another of the Doom Patrol’s enemies, Rouge turned against her comrades and tried to kill them.

Brain and Mallah manipulate Madame Rouge in DOOM PATROL #90 [1964],
and plan the demise of the Dom Patrol.

Unbeknownst to Rouge, the Brain and Mallah survived her attack and remained in hiding for the next several years while scouting for new super-villains who could help them rebuild the Brotherhood. From Saint-Tropez, France, came Emil LaSalle, a.k.a. Warp; from London, England, came Angela Hawkins Ill, who called herself Phobia; from Haiti came Jean-Louis Droo, better known as Houngan; and in East Berlin, Germany, the Brain found Otto von Furth – Plasmus.

The new Brotherhood of Evil makes their deadly debut in NEW TEEN TITANS #14-15 [1981],
with new members Warp, Phobia, Houngan and Plasmus.

With the Brotherhood once again at full strength, the Brain led his new followers on a mission to find and kill Rouge and ZahI. Their pursuit led them to Africa and into a battle with the New Titans, who were also after Rouge; in the melee, Rouge and ZahI paid for their crimes with their lives, allowing the new Brotherhood to escape capture.

The Titans crossed paths with the Brotherhood more than once when the Brain, for his own purposes, declared war on the Titans’ archenemy Brother Blood. The Brain and Monsieur Mallah eventually took leave of the team to fulfill their own agendas, at which time those remaining adopted a new member, Trinity, and a new name – the Society of Sin. Based in Zandia, the Society of Sin engaged in terrorist activities, high-stakes robberies and assassination contracts.

Eventually, The Brain and Monsieur Mallah returned to establish another Brotherhood of Evil. This new Brotherhood welcomed old and new members alike.

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The Brotherhood bedevils the Titans in TEEN TITANS (third series) #34-37 [2005],
with new members Gemini, Goldilocks and Elephant Man.


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Essential Reading


Doom Patrol (first series) #86, 87, 90, 93, 96, 97, 101, 104, 107-112, 118, 119, 121 and Brave and the Bold #65 [1963-1969]: The Brotherhood of Evil battle the Doom Patrol. On the cover of the first issue to be called The Doom Patrol, (#86), the DP witnessed through their monitor screen what readers would soon learn was a human brain encased in a transparent globe and immersed in bubbling nutritive fluids giving orders to a gorilla armed with a submachine gun and a bandolier of cartridges. “This is the ultimate mission for which I created you – the destruction of the Doom Patrol! Summon the others!” said the brain’s electronic voice. “Yes, Master, I will obey!” replied the gorilla. This was the first appearance of the Brotherhood of Evil. While the Brain served as the mastermind of the Brotherhood of Evil, there were stories in which he did gain a “body”: Doom Patrol #93 (Feb. 1965), where he infiltrated the DP by transplanting his brain into Robotman’s body, #101 (Feb., 1966) and #107-108 (Nov.-Dec., 1966) as Kranus and Ultimax, two robotic foes of the DP, and in #110 (Mar., 1967) where he sported a body made of photonic particles. The Brain’s first creation and right hand “man” was the machine-gun-toting Monsieur Mallah. Mallah’s intellect was a consequence of the Brain’s experimentation and the gorilla was as intelligent as any learned scientist. With his animal strength he made a good foe for Robotman, so he and Cliff Steele would often tangle. Drake chose the gorilla, not because of DC’s well-known predilection for gorillas (common to the books edited by Julie Schwartz and Mort Weisinger) as much as because the gorilla is so close to man, yet retains its animal heritage. [information courtesy of Amazing Heroes Magazine].
New Teen Titans #13-15 [1981-1982]: Robin, Cyborg and Kid Flash meet up with Robotman, and the group rescues a drugged Steve Dayton from Madame Rouge’s underground city in Africa. The Titans reunite and are attacked by Steve Dayton in his Mento identity, who is under Madame Rouge’s control; Raven brings Dayton back to normal, and the heroes follow Madame Rouge and General Zahl to Zandia; Zahi’s forces defeat and capture the Titans while Changeling is taken prisoner by the New Brotherhood of Evil. Changeling agrees to work with the New Brotherhood of Evil, and the group rescues the Titans; General Zahl is killed by a bullet which ricochets off Robotman’s body, Madame Rouge is killed by Changeling, and the Brotherhood is allowed to go free. First appearance of New Brotherhood of Evil in issue #14; First appearance of Warp, Houngan, Phobia and Plasmus.
New Teen Titans #29 [1983]: The Brain, believing that Raven has information that will help him defeat Brother Blood, sends his New Brotherhood of Evil to capture the empath; Frances Kane returns because her powers are resurfacing, and witnesses a battle between the New Brotherhood of Evil and the Titans, in which Raven thinks that Kid Flash is Trigon (due to Phobia’s manipulation) and nearly kills him; Raven leaves the Titans because she cannot handle Kid Flash’s hatred.
New Teen Titans #30 [1983]: The New Brotherhood of Evil follows Raven; Raven seeks solitude in St. Peter’s Cathedral, where the New Brotherhood of Evil finds her; During the Titans’ and the New Brotherhood of Evil’s battle in Times Square on New Year’s Eve, Raven’s soul-self is shattered yet again when she tries to envelop Brotherhood member Plasmus; The New Brotherhood of Evil takes Raven to Zandia.
New Teen Titans #31 [1983]: Kid Flash is confused about his feelings for Raven, who is being tortured by the New Brotherhood of Evil; Raven takes the New Brotherhood of Evil to Brother Blood’s pool, and the Titans clash with them; In the ensuing battle, the Titans and the New Brotherhood of Evil are defeated when Raven becomes so enraged that Trigon is temporarily unleashed.
New Titans Annual #6 [1990]: The Titans fight the Society of Sin [formerly the Brotherhood of Evil], with their new member, Trinity. Following that, they are summoned to Tamaran.
Teen Titans #34-37 [2006]: One Year Later, it’s “The New Teen Titans!” A new year of exciting adventures begins with the “new” Teen Titans, the bizarre Doom Patrol and the mysterious and secretive Titans East! The latest version of The Brotherhood of Evil debuts. Mallah tries to clone a body for The Brain. The origin of The Brain is revealed in issue #37.



Sources for this entry: DC Who’s Who Series, DC Who’s Who Binder Series, The Official Teen Titans Index [published byICG in 1985], The New Titans Sourcebook [Mayfair Games, 1990], supplemented by titanstower.com


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