And the most underrated Titan gold is for…
It has happened many times that characters come and go without taking the credit they deserve at the end of the day. Especially when it comes to such a large group and has had so many and varied people over the years as the Teen Titans. While we prepare for the two new books of the Titans that DC Comics brings in Rebirth, we present this list with characters that were always but never took the credit they deserved and others that probably never knew that they were part of the group. They are the 6 most underestimated Teen Titans of all time.
It is only at the beginning of the list because although it is not one of the most unknown characters, it is one that is not very appreciated. Cassandra or Cassie is the second Wonder Girl after inheriting the mantle of Donna Troy and appeared for the first time in Wonder Woman Vol. 2 #105 (January, 1996) by John Byrne. He was part of the Titans version of the Trinity , along with Superboy and Tim Drake and even continued as part of the group after Flashpoint. A round of applause for this daughter of Zeus trained by Ares in person!
5Malcolm Duncan and Bumblebee
Karen Beecher and Malcolm Duncan are also children of the 70s and an important fragment of the history of DC Comics since they were the first African-American heroes of the comiquera company. Karen uses her intelligence to create a suit with the skills of a bee and later is reduced to the size of the insect by a mysterious energy. While Duncan starts as a civilian who saves the life of the Titans but soon begins to adopt secret identities of heroes like The Guardian, Herald, Hornblower and finally Vox. What these characters have in common is that both emerged in the pages of the Teen Titans and throughout the 70s. Both were part of Doom Patrol before the Flashpoint event and little of them has been seen in the New 52. Are we going to see them again in Rebirth ?
4Lilith Clay and Gnarrk
Lilith possesses psychic powers that allow her to see possible versions of the future and Gnarrk is a caveman teenager who ends by accident in modern times. These two characters developed an unlikely romance when they both began to be part of the Teen Titans in the early 70’s. Lilith Clay is a creation of Robert Kanigher and Nick Cardy and first appeared in Teen Titans #25 (February, 1970) while Gnarrk was created by Bob Haney and George Tuska and seen for the first time in the pages of Teen Titans #32 (April, 1971). However, Gnarrk has not been seen in the late 80’s and the use of Lilith Clay in the New 52 was poor and strange. A little more credit for these two characters, let’s hope that DC brings them back and in their original versions.
If this name or that of your alter-ego, Argent, does not sound to you, it’s because, like so much of the world, you ignored the Teen Titans’ incarnation that was led by the teenage version of The Atom. Argent was created by two giant names, Dan Jurgens and George Perez and was first seen in Teen Titans Vol. 2 # 1 (October, 1996). Argent is half human and half alien and, despite having led a handful of interesting plot arcs between its emergence and the end of the first decade of the 21st century, we have not seen it since the beginning of the New 52. We hope that Argent returns somehow in Rebirth !
2Captain Marvel Jr.
As always, let’s not let the irony of the name distract us. The Marvel Family, in spite of its always important participation in the DC universe, was never taken into account by the Teen Titans. That’s why he was surprised (but pleased) by the brief adhesion of Frederick Freeman, Captain Marvel Jr. (who at that time called himself CM3) to the team. Created by Ed Herron and Mac Raboy, this former character had his debut in Whiz Comics # 25(December, 1941). Considering how little this character has been used in recent years, re-entry to the group could bring fresh air. A little effort, DC!
Inheriting a mentor’s mantle and living up to that circumstance is a recurring theme in the Teen Titans, that’s why Jaime Reyes, the third Blue Beetle, is a perfect character for the group. Appearing for the first time in Infinite Crisis # 3(February, 2006) by Geoff Johns, Phil Jimenez and George Pérez, this character later became part of the group but only for a couple of years. Since the New 52 did not see it again among the Titans and with the importance that Blue Beetle seems to have in Rebirth, it is the right moment to bring Jaime to the team ranks once.
What other Teen Titan do you consider underestimated? Leave a comment to tell us