Titans Hunt 2015 and the Return of Pre-Flashpoint Titans History
Following the end of Convergence, DC announced three spin-off titles focusing on the ramifications of Convergence on the DCnU. There’s Telos, about one of the main villains of Convergence seeking redemption and answers to his past, Superman: Lois and Clark, which reveals that the pre-Flashpoint Superman and Lois Lane have been trapped in the DCnU along with their son ever since the Justice League first fought Darkseid, and then there’s Titans Hunt.
Titans Hunt is a 12 issue maxiseries being written by Dan Abnett, and its main purpose is to be finally sort out the tangled mess made of the Titans’ history in the DCnU due to the editorial mishaps created by Red Hood and the Outlaws and Teen Titans by Scott Lobdell. Taking its name from the infamous Titans Hunt arc of 1991, this series focuses on revealing there were indeed past versions of the Teen Titans long before Tim Drake’s current team formed, and yes, that team included Robin, Speedy, Wonder Girl, and Aqualad among others. However, no one remembers that there was ever a team of Titans with those members… until now.
Titans Hunt is mainly taking its cues from the early days of the Titans, the Nick Cardy 1970s era instead of the Wolfman/Perez era, but it seems the likes of Cyborg, Starfire, Raven, and Beast Boy will enter into the fray at some point. So far, we know there was a Teen Titans team that included Dick Grayson, Donna Troy, Garth, and Roy Harper. And there was also the first Hawk and Dove duo, Mal Duncan as Herald, Lilith Clay, and teenage caveman Gnarrk with an actual hero name. There’s also mention of a mysterious “Forgotten Fallen Titans,” and for some reason, the comic tends to use the word “Flash” a lot. Hmm…
Lilith Clay is, so far, the central character of focus alongside Dick Grayson. When last we saw Lilith, she’d just been depowered and freed of the evil influences of Harvest. Titans Hunt #1 reveals that Lilith is working as a substance abuse counselor, and one of her long time patients is recovering alcoholic Roy Harper. Lilith has got a modicum of her psychic abilities back, but whether or not her past with Harvest is still in play has yet to be clarified. As of now Lilith is one of two people who fully remembers the past Titans and she has files on all of them. Robin, Aqualad, Wonder Girl, Speedy, Hawk, Dove, Herald, Caveboy (Gnarrk), and one other file whose name has yet to be revealed. Lilith is trying to protect these people from a malignant enemy, someone who is responsible for the alterations to everyone’s memories. That someone may, or may not, be Mister Twister, for there are hints that a third party is behind the scenes. Mister Twister wants the Titans to build something, and makes vague hints about something called “The Transaction.”
Now the Titans are slowly beginning to recover their old memories and friendships, but the road is incredibly rocky. Donna Troy and Garth of Atlantis are both villains at this point, Donna being responsible for the slaughter of dozens of men and Garth being part of a man hunt on former Atlantian king Aquaman. Dick Grayson is officially dead to the world. Roy Harper has fallen off the wagon and Red Hood is nowhere in sight. Gnarkk has been working in a convenience store, being forced to live in a closet by an abusive boss. Mal Duncan is an award winning music producer married to the lovely and pregnant Karen Breecher. Don Hall is dead and has been replaced by Dawn Granger. And Mister Twister has made it clear he can get to any of them whenever he wants.
In terms of reconstruction, here’s a run down of the things that Titans Hunt has already established by its third issue:
- Donna, Roy, and Garth started out as Wonder Girl, Speedy, and Aqualad in the DCnU.
- Mal Duncan is once again married to Karen Breecher, they’re both happy and healthy, and Karen’s pregnant. But Karen has not, so far, been a costumed hero, and “Bumblebee” is a nickname.
- Lilith Clay has an established history with Roy Harper.
- Hank Hall and Dawn Granger are still alive and operating as Hawk and Dove, as their last appearance was during “Forever Evil” when they were being attacked by the Crime Syndicate.
- There are hints that have led readers to believe the writers are insinuating that Wally West WAS a Teen Titan in the DCnU, despite that he’s currently a 12 year old in this universe.
- Mister Twister is responsible for erasing the existence of the original Titans from the DCnU, and he’s not become the Gargoyle.
- The Titans had a clubhouse, and quite possibly they also had a T-shaped tower at some point.
What this stands for the rest of the Titans in the DCnU has yet to be revealed, but at the very least it’s possible the Fab Five are finally coming back in some capacity.
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