Tuesday, 22 September 2015

The "NEW" Teen Titans Part Five X'Hal it's STARFIRE

The next member of the "new" Teen Titans  we will look at was the last to join, and was not co oped into the group by Raven, ,,,,,,,,she literary  fell from the sky into their lives.

Koriand'r was an Alien from the Planet Tamaran. Not only was she an Alien, she was an Alien Princess to boot. Born like all her race with the ability to absorb the power of the Sun and convert it into the ability to fly, she would have been a great asset to the team. However, due to the threat of war from a race of Aliens called the Citadel, she like all the young on her planet were trained in all aspects of hand to hand combat by the Warlords of Okaara, who resided on a neighbouring asteroid. So when Koriand'r as old enough she and her older sister were sent to learn the skills they needed to help protect their home world.. So Koriand'r was also a fully fledged warrior too. BUT her skills did not just stop there.

When her home world was over run by the Evil Citadel Aliens, with help from Komand'r who was  Koriand'r's elder sister. she found herself due to circumstances sold into slavery. This she accepted in order to help save her people from complete annihilation,

After years of abuse Koriand'r was forced to kill one of her captures, this brought her back into contact with her sister Komand'r who was now herself a high ranking member of the Citadel.

Komand'r who would become the deadly BLACKFIRE 

BUT  Before she could be executed on the orders of her evil sister, both Komand'r and Koriand'r  were kidnapped by another evil race called PSIONS. The Psions were a group of sadistic alien scientists who enjoyed dissecting their emeries to find any weakness to use against them.  The Psions knowing that the Tamarain race had the ability to absorb the energy from a Star or a Sun decided to see just how much energy they could absorb before exploding. So both sisters when subjected to a deadly experiment.

Komand'r unlike the rest of her race could not fly, as an illness in childhood had robbed her of this ability, and with that the right to become ruler of Tamaran. This had meant that the roll of the next monarch would bypass her onto her younger sister Korinad'r. This had been a major resentment for the older sibling, and was the basis of her hated or her sister, her parents and all the Tamaran people.

As both sisters absorbed more and more energy the pain and torture was almost at a point where they were both of the verge of death. However, at that moment people loyal to Komand'r attacked the Psion base. This caused the machine holding the sisters to explode. The result was both sisters now had energy powers that meant they could both fire "Star Bolts" from their hands.  Koriand'r could still fly, and her star bolts were bright busts of energy.

However, Komand'r still unable to fly found her energy blasts were dark and more powerful.  The sisters fought but Komand'r almost defeated by her sister escaped....... but that would not be the last Koriand'r would see of  Komand'r.

Koriand'r  escaped herself in a stolen space craft where she ended up crash landing on Earth. Meeting Robin and the other heroes gathered by Raven.

Koriand'r was nicknamed Kory by the Titans. Later Kory would adopt the name Kory Anders when she spent time working along side Donna Troy as a fashion Model.  As Robin, aka Dick Grayson was the first Human she bonded with, she had an automatic attraction to him, as he did for her. The two would remain lovers for most of their time as Titans. They became engaged and planned to marry, but that's a story for another time.

Next time another Old Titan becomes a "New" Teen Titan.

Until then ENJOY.

Friday, 4 September 2015

The New Teen Titans Part Four Who Will Lead the New Titans ?

When Raven brought together all of the individuals that would ultimately become the "NEW" Teen Titan she choice well by choosing Dick Grayson aka Robin.

Although now not a Teen he had show his mentor, The Batman and his elders that he could be and was a great leader of Super Heroes or Meta Humans.

Dick had struggled to show that he was more than just " & Robin !! " He was just a good in some ways as Bruce Wayne's Batman, and in some ways better. Both men were driven to help defeat evil and to defend justice, but unlike Bruce, Dick tried not to let that drive and determination define him as who and what it was.  or what he could be.

Whilst Dick had been away at College he had tended to balance his life as Dick Grayson student against Robin The Teen Wonder. He tended to team up with Batgirl aka Barbara Gordon who by this time new his secret identity. The pair would have a type of romance, but like his feelings for Donna Troy, aka Wonder Girl, Dick treated them both like sisters, not lovers. In later life he and Barbara would find that their relationship was something more and would become lovers, but romance when the pair where dubbed the " Dynamite Duo " was never an issue.

Whilst with Dick away from Wayne Manor, Bruce soon moth balled The Bat Cave and the Manor and moved into the Wayne Foundation Building in Gotham City where he set up a new base of operations along with trusty old Alfred.

Over time Bruce started to spend less time as Bruce and more time as the Batman. This and his hard edge had started to cause problems with his team mates in The Justice League of America, which was around the same time as Dick was forming the "New" Teen Titans, Bruce had quit the JLA and had set up his own team called the Outsiders. A team comprised of lone Wolf Heroes like himself, many young and inexperienced and ready and willing to be molded by the Batman.

Although it would take years in the comics, in reality it would be a short time that both Robin and Batman started to clash on the right and wrong approach to fighting crime. Dick was not a kid any more, and he knew that Bruce was not always right, but Bruce had always been the senior member of the Duo and was blind and stubborn to accept that he and his techniques may not always be right. Also the Teen Titans did not need any financial help from Bruce and the Wayne Millions... This Time the Team was financed by another source, Thus meaning Bruce had no  control over the TT's as had been the case originally. Robin was free from relying on Bruce financially.

This tension would finally explode when Bruce would officially "Fire" Dick as Robin, but that's another story for another Time.

Robin did  not get much of a make over as he joined the new team. Unlike today when costumes change all the time, Robin and his look remained constant, with a few  minor changes to reflect  he was no longer just "THE BOY WONDER" the New Look of Robin was very "Old School" in fact.

Here is Robin as he was depicted at the start of the "NEW" TT's run.

But back to the "New" Titans. With the Corr of the Team brought together by Raven, a final member was literally dropped into the New TT's Lap.
The Mystery Princess From The Stars !

This New and final Member would not just change the dynamic of the group but would impact greatly on Rick Grayson aka Robin's personal and private life too.

Next Time we meet a brand new character into the DC Universe, who would help define the New Team and the direction the Titans would go.

Until Then     ENJOY