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Who’s Who in the New 52

With this month’s zero issues, DC comics is providing a glimpse into the backstories of its characters.

The Dc Blog explains: “If you’ve already picked up your #0 issues today, you’ve probably noticed that in the back of each book (and now online!) is a Who’s Who entry on a major character in DC COMICS-THE NEW 52. These pages share information such as each character’s first appearance, base of operations, powers, history, and other appearances.”

I’ll pulled some Titans-related bios below!

The Teen Titans

From the pages of TEEN TITANS #0…

First Appearance: Teen Titans #1 (2011)

Base of Operations: A Penthouse in New York

Members:
Red Robin
Superboy
Wonder Girl
Kid Flash
Bunker
Solstice

History: Since leaving his partnership with Batman behind, Tim Drake has set out on his own as Red Robin. While investigating the abductions of superpowered teens by the evil organization N.O.W.H.E.R.E., Tim makes contact with Wonder Girl. The two manage to hold off an attack by N.O.W.H.E.R.E, but it is clear to Tim that situation requires further action. In his travels, Tim joins forces with two new kids with powers – Skitter and Bunker.

The three soon cross paths with Wonder Girl again as she’s attacked by Superboy, who is still being controlled by N.O.W.H.E.R.E. Along with Kid Flash and Solstice, the entire group breaks free from the N.O.W.H.E.R.E. facility when Superboy turns on his creators. These Teen Titans must now learn to rely on each other as they battle for their place in the world.

Red Hood and the Outlaws 

From the pages of RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #0…

First Appearance: Red Hood and the Outlaws #1 (2011)

Base of Operations: An Island off the Florida Keys

Members:
Red Hood
Starfire
Arsenal

History: Although they would most likely deny it, the members of this team are not hardened loners who prefer to work on their own. In fact, they all have difficult personal histories that they rely on each other to overcome.

Jason Todd, A.K.A. The Red Hood, was the second person to partner with Batman as Robin. That relationship ended when Jason was murdered by the Joker, and then resurrected by Talia al Ghul. Already prone to extreme violence before these events, Jason reemerged with an even less forgiving personality. Roy Harper, A.K.A. Arsenal, was a close associate of Green Arrow’s before the two had a falling out that cost them their relationship and Roy his place inside of Q-Core. This left Roy as an alcoholic mercenary with a death wish. As a child, Princess Koriand’r, A.K.A. Starfire, was sold into slavery by her own sister and denied her birthright on her home planet of Tamaran.

Given these desperate origins, it is no surprise that these three find understanding in each other, not to mention the personal thrill they all get from diving head-first into treacherous situations. Given the right amount of money and the promise of action and you’ll find Red Hood and the Outlaws on the scene.

The Ravagers 

From the pages of THE RAVAGERS #0…

First Appearance: Teen Titans Annual #1 (2011)

Base of Operations: Fugitives at large

Members:
Beast Boy
Terra
Ridge
Thunder
Lightning
Fairchild

History: The evil organization N.O.W.H.E.R.E. is focused on creating and manipulating young people who display superhuman abilities. This is evident in their lab experiments, such as the one used to create Superboy and, most brutally, in the work done in their name by Harvest. Hidden in the secret base known as the Colony, Harvest ruthlessly presides over droves of superpowered teens, forcing them to fight and kill in order to prove their worth. This genetic survival of the fittest reaches its conclusion in an event known as The Culling, where the winners are the only survivors. Those winners become the Ravagers, Harvest’s special elite force against an unknown threat. The most recent Culling was upended by the combined might of the Teen Titans and the Legion Lost. During the chaos, a group of prisoners escaped and banded together, going on the run.

Now these kids are desperate to maintain their freedom, but ill equipped to blend into civilization when all they’ve ever known in life is misery and combat. Can they survive, even under the guidance of Caitlin Fairchild and Niles Caulder? Can they save others like them? Or are they destined to be the Ravagers that Harvest intended them to be all along?

Superboy

From the pages of SUPERBOY #0…

First Appearance: Superboy #1 (2011)

Base of Operations: New York City

Powers: Superboy possesses “tactile telekinesis” that grants him the ability to fly, super strength and invulnerability.

Other Appearances:
Teen Titans #1
Legion Lost #9

History: In their quest to manipulate and control the young superhuman population, the evil organization N.O.W.H.E.R.E. and the nefarious Harvest have experimented on scores of test subjects. Superboy is perhaps their most successful project to date. Grown in an incubation tube, Superboy emerged fully developed after only three and a half months. Technically, Superboy is a clone based on a mixture of human and Kryptonian DNA, but there are lingering questions about the donors of both sets of genetic material. Is Superman the basis for Superboy’s Kryptonian half? If so, where does his human side come from? These issues weigh heavily on Superboy’s mind as he worries that his personality and potential to kill are predestined.

Determined to break free of N.O.W.H.E.R.E’s influence and learn about life outside of a lab, Superboy fled, becoming estranged from his friend and helper Dr. Caitlin Fairchild, and recently joining up with the Teen Titans. He has also run across a true Kryptonian, Supergirl, who reacted extremely negatively to a clone created from her cousin’s DNA. Needless to say, Superboy incites a strong reaction everywhere he goes.

Nightwing

From the pages of NIGHTWING #0…

First Appearance: Nightwing #1 (2011)

Base of Operations: Gotham City

Powers: Nightwing has no super powers, but he is a world-class acrobat, martial artist and detective.

Other Appearances:
Batman #1
Batgirl #3,
Red Hood and the Outlaws #6
Batman and Robin #10
Batwing #4

History: Raised under the traveling tent of Haly’s Circus, Dick Grayson was part of his family’s act, The Flying Graysons. At the age of 15, Dick’s parents were murdered during a performance, and billionaire Bruce Wayne — who happened to be in the audience at the time — gave Dick a home at the Wayne Care Center.

Soon Dick discovered Bruce and Batman were one and the same. After some training, he became Batman’s partner, Robin. When Batgirl hit the scene, she and Robin became very close friends and flirted with the possibility of romance, but it never materialized, much to Batgirl’s chagrin. As Dick grew older and more experienced, his partnership with Batman came to an end.

Now on his own, Dick took the identity of Nightwing, remaining in Gotham and helping Batman when needed. Recently, Nightwing has had to face the ghosts of his past as he’s taken ownership of Haly’s Circus, hoping to revitalize Gotham’s abandoned Amusement Mile section, land he has just purchased with his life’s savings. More troubling is his discovery that The Court of Owls had intended for him to become one of their ruthless undead assassins, known as a Talon. Even with these new revelations in his life, Nightwing continues to face each challenge with his usual undaunted optimism.

Damian Wayne

From the pages of BATMAN AND ROBIN #0…

First Appearance: Batman and Robin #1 (2011)

Base of Operations: Gotham City

Powers: Trained from birth to be the deadliest assassin in the world, Damian Wayne must control his murderous instincts as he continues to earn his place as Robin.

Other Appearances:
Batman #1
Batman, Incorporated #1
Batwing #7

History: Scientifically engineered to be the offspring of Batman (Bruce Wayne) and Talia al Ghul (daughter of Ra’s al Ghul), Damian Wayne was meant to be the ultimate chess piece in the constantly escalating conflict between his parents. Created and raised for years without Bruce’s knowledge, Damian was taught by his mother and the League of Assassins to be one of the most lethal fighting machines the world has ever seen. In an attempt to deprogram him and save his son’s life, Batman took Damian into his care and has been training him as Robin. This has been a difficult task as Damian’s arrogance and capacity for murder continually boil to the surface. Although his behavior at times suggests otherwise, Damian desperately wants to become a hero like his father.

Deathstroke

From the pages of DEATHSTROKE #0…

First Appearance: Deathstroke #1 (2011)

Base of Operations: International

Powers: Deathstroke’s speed, strength and higher brain functions have all been enhanced, making his combat prowess even more deadly. He is also a master strategist and manipulator…able to win many fights before they’ve even begun.

Other Appearances:
Batman: The Dark Knight #4

History: Slade Wilson, A.K.A. Deathstroke The Terminator, is one of the most dangerous men in the world. A highly trained mercenary and bounty killer, there is no job that he deems impossible. Clearly a villain, Deathstroke still operates within his own sense of morality. He will never leave a contract incomplete, knowing that his business will only be as good as his word. That said, he would kill anybody without hesitation if he feels the ends justify the means.

Deathstroke’s lifestyle has taken him all over the world, leaving a trail of blood and horror in his wake. His operations with the highly classified Team 7 and many of his other contracts have left him with countless enemies, something Deathstroke is more than happy to rectify…with his gun. Perhaps Slade’s only weakness is his interactions with his family members, of whom the total number is currently unknown.

Links:

Who’s Who in the New 52: Week One

Who’s Who in the New 52: Week Two

Who’s Who in the New 52: Week Three

Who’s Who in the New 52: Week Four


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