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Wonder Girl

Alias: Cassandra Sandsmark

Titans Member
Teen Titans (fourth series) #1 [2011]

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Hero History

It would be an understatement to say Cassandra Sandsmark has boundary issues. The free-spirited teenager made a “living” stealing items from archeological digs and museums around the world, including a few ancient Greek artifacts imbued with godlike properties. Armed with powerful war bracelets and a magical lariat, the brash blonde made a name for herself throughout Europe. Much to Cassie’s consternation, that name was “Wonder Girl”, due to the girl’s unintentional resemblance to Wonder Woman.

Cassie’s life was turned upside down when she became a target of N.O.W.H.E.R.E., a mysterious organization that was abducting meta-human youths for their own nefarious purposes. Red Robin alerted the independent-minded Cassie, and soon organized a group of targeted teenagers into a super-powered resistance force known as the Teen Titans. Together, they were able to rescue the living weapon known as Superboy and dismantle N.O.W.H.E.R.E.’s secret complex in the Antarctic.

ABOVE: Red Robin recruits Wonder Girl in TEEN TITANS #1 [2011].
BELOW: Cassie gets defensive in  TEEN TITANS #2 [2011].

Powers & Abilities

Wonder Girl draws her powers from ancient Greek artifacts imbued with godlike properties. The first is a set of invisible war bracelets, which activate when clashed together and form a protective armor around her. The second is her magic lariat, a super-strong rope enhanced with mystical properties Cassie has yet to explore.


Essential Reading

Teen Titans #1-6 [2011-2012]: Tim Drake, Batman’s former sidekick, is back in action when the nefarious N.O.W.H.E.R.E. organization seeks to capture, kill or co-opt super-powered teenagers. As Red Robin, he’s going to have to team up with the mysterious and belligerent powerhouse thief known as Wonder Girl and the hyperactive speedster calling himself Kid Flash to stand any chance at all against a living, breathing weapon with roots in another world! They – along with a few other tortured teen heroes – will be the Teen Titans. First DCnU appearances of Red Robin, Wonder Girl and Kid Flash in issue #1. First DCnU appearance of Solstice in issue #2. First appearance of Skitter in issue #2. First appearance of Bunker in issue #3.
Teen Titans #7-8 [2012]: The team stages an assault against N.O.W.H.E.R.E., but they are captured and tortured under the sadistic psychic scalpel of Omen. First DCnU appearance of Omen.
Teen Titans #11-13 [2012]: Wonder Girl’s past is revealed, as her armor revolts and she’s forced to battle her former lover.

Scott Lobdell on The DCnU Teen Titans

Call It A Comeback: Lobdell Returns with DCnU’s TEEN TITANS
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Like all big news stories, DC’s announcement that they’re cancelling their entire existing line of DC Universe series and launching with 52 new books in September — alternately called a revamp, a reboot and the “DCnU” — contained many smaller stories within that major development.

One of the more noteworthy undercurrents of DC’s relaunch is the Scott Lobdell comeback. The writer is on three of the new 52 titles — Teen Titans, Superboy and Red Hood & The Outlaws — or, nearly six percent of the initial new DC Universe.

Scott Lobdell on the DCnU Teen Titans: I have to say I don’t really see things as being that dramatically different as much as I am seeing things being dramatically the same.

Tim Drake is still Red Robin, Cassie Sandsmark is still Wonder Girl, and everyone is still pretty much exactly who they are, just with a little custom fitting.

My first draft of Teen Titans read as if it were Teen Titans #101 — maybe a brief few months after [J.T. Krul]’s run which was ending with issue 100. People were very excited and supportive of it, but soon it was decided I didn’t go far enough: they wanted this book to feel like an issue one, not a continuation of a series cancelled by low sales. They wanted readers who were picking up Teen Titans #1 to feel like they were picking up the first issue of a new series… and so that is what Brett and I delivered.

Having said that, when the idea of Teen Titans was first created it was a book about sidekicks hanging out together. But we’ve come a long way from sidekicks – which was reflected first in Marv’s run where they are all their own super heroes, and later in Geoff’s run, where Teen Titans became about the newer generation of heroes being shown the ropes by the most recent generation.

Because that had all been done before (and done so extremely well by those guys) I didn’t feel like it was in anyone’s interest in going back and retelling those stories. I wanted to look at the idea of the Teen Titans if they were being formed right here and now. What would bring them together, and why would they stay together?

Again, Marv and George and later Geoff and Mike have given us some of the best comic stories of the past 30 years. Nothing I’m doing will change how great those stories were and will be now and forever.


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