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The Titans of Myth

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TITANS OF MYTH
[top row, left to right]
Chronos and Rhea: brought prosperity to the earth
Iapetus and Themis: Instilled Justice
Hyperion and Thia: Gods of the Sun
[bottom row, left to right]
Oceanus and Tethys: Gods of the Oceans
Creus and Mnemosyne: Gods of Memory
Coeus and Phoebe: Gods of the Moon

History


Mythical Origins

In the beginning there was only Chaos, and from Chaos was born Gaea, mother of all life. From Gaea came Uranus, who would then become her mate. From them was born twelve gods known as the Titans of Myth. Uranus saw his children as a threat to him. He sought to slay his children, but Chronos slew his father before he could strike. The Titans ruled Olympus until Chronos and Rhea gave birth to Zeus, father of all the young gods.

Zeus slew his father Chronos and banished the Titans across the universe. But the Titans of Myth would not die. Instead, they named their new home New Chronus, in honor of their fallen leader. Furthermore, as the Titans were no longer worshipped, their powers began to wane.

The Titan Seeds

Rhea, wife of the now-dead Chronos, undertook a sacrifice mission to find twelve children to take their mantle and keep their name alive. And she found them: children born on planets throughout the universe – children who were unwanted and about to die. Rhea rescued them and brought them to New Chronus for training.

Each of the children were given names that reflected the glory of Greece, the city that worshipped the gods. The children were given great powers, and were trained in the art of combat. They learned the beauty of life and art. And when their training was done, they were returned to their home worlds so they could grow and learn from their own culture.

The Titans Seeds explained in NEW TITANS #50-55 [1989]
and recapped nicely in WONDER WOMAN SECRET FILES #2 [1999].

When they reached maturity, they would be returned to New Chronus to serve as the newest and greatest of all gods. But one seed was driven mad with knowledge and power. Sparta of Synriannaq then launched a war against her sibling seeds, destroying all but three: Xanthi of Ozyron, Athyns of Karakann, and Troy of Earth.

The final three seeds were reunited by the Titans of Myth and sent to battle Sparta. Xanthi, the poet, died in the final conflict. Sparta, now wasted and mindless, was taken by Athyns to the planet Ozyron where he would serve Xanthi’s homeworld.

But by ending Sparta’s reign of terror, Donna Troy restored the powers of the Titans of Myth and the glory of the crumbling New Chronus As a reward to their chosen daughter, the gods gave Troy tokens of great power, which she fashioned into a new costumed identity as Troia.

Donna becomes Troia in NEW TITANS #55 [1989].

Total Chaos

When Donna Troy learned she was pregnant, she also learned her son was destined to be born sentient with godlike powers. And, in one possible future, her offspring would become a power-mad despot known as Lord Chaos. As Donna went into labor, she was under attack on two fronts: The Team Titans traveled in the past to prevent Lord Chaos’ birth by killing Donna Troy. At the same time, Lord Chaos traveled in the past to insure his own future.

Lord Chaos enabled his own birth in the past by stalling the efforts of the New Titans and Team Titans. Robert Long was born, and Chaos believed his victory was assured. However, the Titans of Myth intervened, and stripped the newborn of his godlike powers. They also absorbed Lord Chaos, the “false seed,” the child whose future should never have been.

Lord Chaos seeks to insure his own future in NEW TITANS #91 [1992].

Donna and Terry Long relocated to a farm in New Jersey, where they intended to live a normal life. That plan failed to come to fruition, as the farmhouse soon became home to the time-lost Team Titans. As villains and disasters struck their new home, Donna reconsidered her decision to forsake her abilities. She petitioned the Titans of Myth to restore her powers, but was summarily rejected by the capricious gods.

The Return of Donna Troy

Elsewhere, the noble intentions of the Titans of New Chronus had fallen away to self-preservation. Aware of an Infinite Crisis that threatened the entire universe, the Titans engineered a plan to escape to a different and secure reality. To gain the necessary power to do so, they cultivated new worshippers by instigating a war between worlds.

Donna Troy, who’d just been killed on Earth, was restored on New Chronus and implanted with false memories that led her to believe she had succeeded Phoebe as moon goddess and mate of the Titan Coeus. Her more important role, however, was to ultimately use her innate ability to open a passageway into the alternative-reality safe haven that the Titans sought.

ABOVE: Donna as Goddess of the Moon – with the redesigned Titans of Myth – from
DC SPECIAL: THE RETURN OF DONNA TROY #1 [2005]. BELOW: Donna Troy – protector of
New Chronus – from DC SPECIAL: THE RETURN OF DONNA TROY #1-4 [2005].

Regaining her memories, Donna was appalled at the depths to which her teachers had fallen and secretly planned to banish them to Tartarus once more when they entered the portal. Alerted to the trap, Hyperion and Thia attempted to escape but were destroyed through a combination of the forces of the dimensional gateway and an entity called a Sun-Eater that preyed on their solar powers. Coeus, alone among the Titans in regaining his morality through his interaction with Donna, promised to keep the other six survivors from escaping.

With New Chronus now barren, Donna Troy has elected to become the sentinel of the floating mythical world.

 

Titan Of Myth: Crisis Conundrums


The Teen Titans encountered the Titans of Myth before the so-called Crisis on Infinite Earths. Two Titans, Hyperion and Thia, had a profound impact on the team. Although the events recounted below were erased from history, they are worth retelling.

Hyperion

In Greek mythology, the goddess of the sun and one of the twelve Titans Of Myth born to Gaea and Uranus. Alongside her brother-mate Hyperion and the rest of the Titans, Thia was imprisoned in the underworld of Tartarus by Zeus after the Olympian Gods wrested control of Mount Olympus from their titanic forebears.

Pre-Crisis History

In the Pre-Crisis universe of Earth-1, Hyperion distantly sensed Thia’s escape from Tartarus early in the twentieth century but wasn’t freed from his own imprisonment until decades later. Accumulating the dying embers of sunlight from the hearts of new souls escorted through Tartarus by Thanatos, Hyperion eventually had enough power to fully awaken and escape his prison. As he invigorated himself in the sunny skies over Paradise Island, the sun god was approached by Wonder Girl and her teammates Raven and Starfire of the Teen Titans. With Thia mysteriously absent, Hyperion used his power to mesmerize the young Donna Troy into replacing his lost wife. He took her back with him to Tartarus to free his fellow Titans; there they planned an all-out of invasion of Mount Olympus.

On Olympus, the Titans’ leader Chronus was ultimately persuaded by the goddess Aphrodite that their ambitious plans to reshape Earth would strip humanity of its free will much as Hyperion had done to Wonder Girl. Over Hyperion’s tearful objections, Chronus removed the enchantment on Donna and returned with the Titans to Tartarus.

Elsewhere, Thia had been corrupted by Earthly decadence and eventually made a bid to conquer Olympus herself. The collective Titans of Myth and Teen Titans opposed her efforts, but Hyperion ultimately concluded that her threat could only be ended with her death. Embracing his long-lost lover one last time, Hyperion set himself and Thia aflame. They burned to ashes.

Hyperion seduces Donna Troy in
NEW TEEN TITANS #11-12 [1982].

Post-Crisis History

In the post-Crisis universe, Hyperion had fathered the enchantress Circe before he and most of his fellow Titans were banished to the distant moon of New Chronus Cared for by these Titans during her early childhood, Donna Troy revisited her godly guardians as a young adult and helped restore the youth and vitality that had been drained from their bodies. Later, the Titans betrayed that faith by taking Donna into their fold and brainwashing her, all with the intent of using her to open a portal to another reality.

Regaining her memories, the young heroine feared what the Titans might do next and secretly plotted to banish them to Tartarus. At the last moment, Hyperion and Thia realized her ploy. They attempted to escape but were torn apart by the conflicting forces of the dimensional portal and an entity known as a Sun-Eater.

Thia

In Greek mythology, the goddess of the sun and one of the twelve Titans Of Myth born to Gaea and Uranus. Alongside her brother-mate Hyperion and the rest of the Titans, Thia was imprisoned in the underworld of Tartarus by Zeus after the Olympian Gods wrested control of Mount Olympus from their titanic forebears.

Pre-Crisis History

In the Pre-Crisis universe of Earth-1, Thia escaped her imprisonment in Tartarus and returned to the mortal world. There she quickly adapted to modern times and married numerous powerful businessmen and politicians, murdering them all while inheriting their wealth and social standing. Thia came to be the president of Sun Publishing, a vast conglomerate, and bore a child by the company’s former CEO before killing him as well. Stolen away by a nurse, that child grew up to be the precognitive Lilith, a part-time member of the Teen Titans and a close friend of Donna Troy, the adopted sister of Wonder Woman. Sensing her daughter’s presence when both of them were in New York City, Thia tracked down Lilith and kidnapped her.

Fortified by decades beneath the sun and bored with Earthly power plays, Thia stormed Mount Olympus and usurped Zeus’s throne, forcibly taking Lilith along as her heir apparent. Taking care to prevent any opposition, the sun goddess imprisoned Queen Hippolyta and the Amazons of Paradise Island while unleashing monstrous giants against her Titan siblings in Tartarus. But Thia failed to anticipate Donna Troy, in her guise of Wonder Girl, mobilizing the Teen Titans and pooling their resources with the Titans of Myth.

Although the assemblage valiantly held their own against the extraordinary threats thrown in their path, Thia’s lover Hyperion sensed only a final solution could cure her lust for power. Embracing her, the sun god set both himself and Thia aflame and reduced them to ashes.

Accepting her godly heritage, Lilith remained in Olympus. On Earth, however, Thia had raised many offspring, all of them now placed in strategic, influential positions. Sensing their mother’s death, these Children of the Sun began plotting revenge.

Thia reveals herself as Lilith’s mother… an origin with a short
expiration date – from NEW TEEN TITANS (second series) #7 [1985].

Post-Crisis History

In the Post-Crisis universe, Thia was never separated from her fellow Titans and was instead banished to the distant moon of New Chronus Raised and nurtured by these Titans, Donna Troy returned years later in their hour of need and helped restore the youth and vitality that had been drained from their bodies.

Later, the Titans betrayed that faith by taking Donna into their fold and brainwashing her, all with the intent of using her to open a portal to another reality. Regaining her memories, the young heroine feared what future excesses the tans might be capable of and secretly plotted to banish them to Tartarus. Realizing her ploy at the last moment, Thia and Hyperion attempted to escape but were torn apart by the conflicting forces of the dimensional portal and an entity known a Sun-Eater.

Marv Wolfman, on Thia’s absence in New Teen Titans #11-12: “Okay, Thia wasn’t there for a story that I should’ve done by issue #22, and because we got involved in doing the runaways story in those specific months, since it was done in coordination with the National Runaways Association and September and October were crucial months we had to have it printed then. So we had to move, shift all our stories around. I will be doing the Thia story. There is a reason for that. Somebody actually guessed it, though went to the wrong conclusion, they assumed Wonder Girl’s mother was Thia. We’ll be doing a story about Thia and Wonder Girl very shortly, and it was very important that she not be there for that reason.”


Essential Reading


New Teen Titans #11-12 [1981]: Changeling recovers on Paradise Island; In the underworld Tartarus, Hyperion, one of the legendary Titans of Greek mythology, progenitors of the Olympian Gods, frees himself from an ages-old imprisonment. In an epic battle, Wonder Girl and the ancient Titans attack and defeat the gods of Olympus. Athena, goddess of wisdom, rallies Raven, Starfire and the Amazons to rescue the gods of Olympus and defeat the ancient Titans. They are successful and Wonder Girl is freed from the love enchantment. The ancient Titans agree to leave Olympus to the Greek Gods. They resolve to create a new home in Tartarus. First appearance of Hyperion. The events of this issue have been negated by the Crisis on Infinite Earths.
New Teen Titans (second series) #7-10
[1985]:
After a series of strange manifestations of flames and dreams, Lilith discovers her true origin as the daughter of Thia, renegade member of the legendary Titans (the predecessors of the Olympian gods). At this time she also learned that Thia had murdered Lilith’s father, as she did all of her many mortal lovers, soon after their daughter was conceived. Thia abducts Lilith and the Titans go to rescue her. The Teen Titans encounter a young girl named Kole, a crystal spinner under the thrall of Thia. The Teen Titans are able to free the Amazons from a crystal prison and defeat Thia’s mythological minions. Hyperion (Thia’s husband) attacks Thia, sacrificing himself to destroy her, and the two perish together in flames. The battle ended, Zeus decrees the surviving Titans and Lilith, who is recognized as a demi-goddess, remain in Olympus. Lilith is officially instated as a goddess and remains in Olympus. First appearance of Thia in issue #7. First appearance of Kole in issue #9. First appearance of Children of the Sun in issue #9. Thia and Hyperion die in issue #9. Lilith is proclaimed a goddess and leaves the Titans in issue #10. The events of this issue have been negated by the Crisis on Infinite Earths.
New Titans #50-55 [1989]:
“Who Is Wonder Girl?” the post-Crisis origin of Donna Troy. The Titans of Myth return to Earth to collect Wonder Girl so that she might help the gods defeat Sparta, a renegade Titan. Wonder Girl learns that she was raised by the Titans of Myth, is given new powers, and takes on the code name Troia. First appearance of Donna as Troia in issue #55. Danny Chase fired as a Titan in issue #55.
Total Chaos: New Titans #90-92, Team Titans #1-3, Deathstroke #14-16 [1992]: 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. However, the Titans of Myth intervene, and strip the baby of his godlike powers. Donna Troy petitions to be stripped of her powers as well, in an attempt to lead a normal life. The Titans of Myth grant this request.
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.
DC Special: The Return of Donna Troy #1-4 [2005]: Donna Troy has reemerged among the Titans of Myth as Troia, Goddess of the Moon. But memories of a different life haunt her as she leads the Titans of Myth in the final battle of a long campaign of interplanetary conquest, gathering weapons, warriors, and worshippers to fulfill a mission she has begun to doubt. It will take the combined might of the Outsiders and the Teen Titans to solve this cosmic mystery and reveal Troia’s true destiny to her: a cosmic hero destined to unite legions against a threat to the entire universe! Death of Sparta. Death of Hyperion and Thia in #4.

 


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


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