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Your Top DC Heroes part 53

Written by Chris Mitchell on Wednesday, January 27 2010 and posted in Features
From this point on you will be seeing less then nine characters a day. Today you will only see seven (2, 3, then 2 again). In this group we make it too 100 points, who is the first character to make three digits? Find out here.


32. Donna Troy (101 points - 2 first place slots)

donnatroy.jpg"Love her. Especially when she's being handled by creators who understand and appreciate her as more than a second-rate WW. Said creators seem to be few and far between though; Wolfman, Perez and Phil Jimenez seem to top the short list though. They've all told great stories with Donna. And as much as I love Diana, I was disappointed when she returned to the title of WW so quickly after OYL. I would have loved (and still would) to have seen some more of Donna's time in the costume. Maybe Jimenez can be convinced to give us an untold story or two someday when his X-Men obligations are over..."

"I'll be honest, if comic characters were real, Donna would be the girl I'd fall in love with, and her taste in men is so bad, I might even have a shot! Sweet, strong, smart, gorgeous, nurturing, caring, and everything else you could want in a woman, this former Wonder Chick is my favorite female in all of comics, and was a huge part of what made the New Teen Titans my favorite book back in the day. She has all the great parts of her "older sister", with the addition of being more relatable and down to Earth. Where Diana is often the unapproachable goddess, Donna is always the super-hot girl next door, and that makes all the difference. Now id only she didn't have the stains of Terry Long and Roy Harper on her resume..."

Before Wonder Girl however, the creation of the Teen Titans was a team consisting of sidekicks. A year later, they returned in The Brave and the Bold #60 and then were officially dubbed as the Teen Titans. This was the first appearance of Wonder Girl. During the Silver Age, there were hardly any sidekicks. Batman's sidekick Robin was on the team that also included the sidekick of Flash (Kid Flash), the sidekick of Green Arrow (Speedy) and Tempest aka Aqualad who was the sidekick to Aquaman. Other main DC heroes had no sidekicks so they simply had to invent a new one. The result: Wonder Girl.

The introduction of Wonder Girl was a bit troubling at first, as she was featured on the cover but her name didn't get a mention in the issue, but soon enough, Donna Troy was mentioned. She continued appearing in the Teen Titans. Wonder Girl also had trouble with her origin as she didn't even have one. In Teen Titans #22, her origin finally revealed. Apparently, Donna Troy was saved from a burning fire by Wonder Woman, in which the fire killed her parents. She brought her to Paradise Island and there she learned the ways of the Amazons. As a human however, she did not have any powers or super human abilities that the Amazons had, so with the Purple Ray Gun, they used it on her. This gun was used to heal Amazons and was used to imbue Donna Troy with the powers of the Amazons. In issue #23, she had gotten herself a new costume. Her whole outfit was a bright fire truck red with a row of stars going diagonally, black boots and a yellow/gold belt with a "W" in the middle.

Through the 1960s, the line-up had changed many times, but Wonder Girl had been right through. With issue #43 the series was stopped. The team returned however with DC Super-Stars #1 which had gained enough popularity for the Teen Titans series back. The series continued not with #1 but #44, but was then abruptly canceled with #53. A few years later, the series came back once again with the New Teen Titans. The revival had the original team along with new characters. In the New Teen Titans, Donna Troy fell in love with Terry Long and were soon engaged. Before she got married though, she wanted to find her real parents. In the issue Who is Donna Troy? #38, Robin investigated Donna's past as a test of his detective skills. Robin discovered that Donna had been abandoned as a baby at an orphanage as her mother died of cancer. A couple, Carl and Fay Stacey adopted Donna. Carl had died during work, and Stacey feared that she would not make ends meet, meaning they would become bankrupt and put Donna up for adoption once again. The orphanage apparently made the children work, exploiting them. It was then which Wonder Woman accidentally found her amongst the flames and saved her.

New Teen Titans was then used for a trial as DC was experimenting on high quality paper and comics with better colors, selling them only in specialty comic book stores. Then, they would print them on cheaper paper a year later. The existing titles would have their same titles, except with a "Tales of" in the front of them. There was a one year delay in printing them, so it would mean that in a year's worth of that series, two comics would be released each month. So then New Teen Titans #40 would be released and following would be Tales of the New Teen Titans #41. The new stories included Robin turning into an adult and had become Nightwing. Finally in issue #50, Donna Troy eventually married Terry Long. That was a huge comic issue where it featured Hippolyta blessing the wedding. #58 would be the last issue, however with #59, DC would reprint the first issue in the first series and the now new more expensive New Teen Titans with #60. The reprint lasted only to issue #91. Wonder Woman had also relaunched its second volume in 1987. The series started with her traveling to Man's World. It was a start over for Wonder Woman, though that meant that any story happening before Wonder Woman wouldn't have existed - and that included Donna Troy's origin story, which comes to the "Who is Wonder Girl?" storyline.

This would be the beginning of a five part episode starting with #50 called "Who is Wonder Girl?" With this issue, the "teen" was dropped from Teen Titans, as they had grown up now. This issue begins with the Titans in their headquarters when they are attacked by aliens. A strange and old woman in a robe stops the aliens and talks to Donna Troy, telling her that her origin was all lies, however, she still remembers the fire, though her not rescuer. Rather than being inspired by Wonder Woman, she was inspired by an American flag. She meets up with Kid Flash, Robin, Speedy and Aqualad and form a team with them, even suggesting the name. The old woman then tells her that she is Phoebe, the Greek goddess of the moon, and the Greek gods need her help.

In part two, a Titan called Jericho saves Phoebe as she dies by entering her body and he tells her how Zeus killed his father Cronus and the Titans were banished. They traveled to the moon and created a new haven, called New Cronus which Donna now remembers living on. They wanted people to worship them and Rhea, Cronus' widow procreated with aliens nearby, producing demigods. The demigods hated each other and Rhea was distraught that they might die out, and was in search for new gods to replace the Titans - called the Seeds. Rhea searched for Donna Troy, and there, she became a new goddess and was to become a new Titan. Rhea dies from the search of the Seeds, but the new ones arrived and were named after Greek cities - thus "Troy". The new Titans are given powers and trained together, stripped of their memories. But Sparta remembers the truth and tells all and conquer the planet. Sparta then sends out the aliens that attacked the Titan Tower. They travel in "travel spheres", which are like white balls that can be held in a hand and the Seeds are killed and the Spartans now rule. the Titans send Phoebe out in three parts, to contact the last three Seeds. Only the third one makes it. Before Phoebe dies, she reveals that Donna Troy can control the travel spheres that attacked the Titan Tower and that they must rescue that last two seeds. The Titans then take the travel spheres to look for the two Seeds. At a planet, they see aliens attacking running in front of a figure but the attackers are quickly destroyed. The figure, who is a white furry creature wearing a protective suit and enters the travel sphere. In there, he meets Donna and remembers his past on New Cronus.

In the third part, the rescue the third Seed named Athyns, but it isn't so easy. The last Seed seemed evil. The alien attackers than destroy Athyns' planet and the Titans rescue him and Jericho possesses him. When they arrive back at New Cronus, and Athyns who is no longer possessed destroys the Spartan's battle ships but he destroys the travel sphere, apparently along with Nightwing, Cyborg, Starfire, Jericho and Raven on board.

In the fourth part all three Seeds have died and would probably mean the end of the Titans now. However, Raven arrives on New Cronus, along with Starfire and Jericho having a temporary hold over Athyns' evil side. The Titans and Xanthi send out a search party as Cyborg has been captured, but only one of the two Seeds can go. In Sparta, Cyborg is held captive and are ready to sacrifice him with Nightwing's and Raven's group attack. During the battle, Xanthi convinces Athyns that they had a past together and he becomes good again. Unfortunately, Xanthi dies during the battle. In the fifth and final part (#54), it seems as if Xanthi's death is the end of the Titans. But Nightwing proposes that Sparta can be the third Seed. Gar Logan and Raven attack Sparta and Raven swallows Sparta, meeting the two seeds inside. In New Titans #55, the Titans return to Earth. New Cronus and the Spartans are now allied, and on the way home, Athyns is dropped of Xanthi's world to give him a proper burial. When Donna reaches Earth, she meets her very missed husband. Donna Troy then reveals her gifts which New Cronus gave. The gift is a new costume made from a Titan couple and a new haircut to go with it. In this issue, she also reveals her new name: Troia.

After a number of reinventions, that included death she was finally reborn.

Seriously, her origin gives me a headache.

31. Jade (105 points - 4 first place slots)

jade.gif"Damn DC. Such a pointless death for such a great character. The second generation hero of the GA GL, Jade is just something. From her strengths to the fact that she's a strong female character. Course then DC shat on that by making her a ho' (I will not use the other word because that means Frank Miller will show up) and then off's her in the stupidest death ever (a giant frigging hand?!). She deserves better DC. So many female characters in this darn universe of your's deserves better."

"Loved her from the first time I read her in Infinity Inc."

So true. What a damn pointless death.

Jade's mother Rose Canton was briefly married to Alan Scott, but fled upon conceiving their children, fearing she would harm them. She gave them up for adoption and they were separated. Jennifer-Lynn Hayden grew up in an adoptive home. Jennie-Lynn was adopted by a couple in the Milwaukee suburbs, as she grew older, Jenny-Lynn discovered her true nature when a star shaped birth mark on her left hand blazed alight and her skin and hair turned green from the energy inside her. Jennie did not learn she had a twin brother until she was in her late teens, after reuniting with her twin brother, Todd Rice (Obsidian), Jenny-Lynn became the super heroine Jade.

Shortly after she and Todd met, surmising they were the children of Alan Scott, they attempted to join the Justice Society. They were rejected, but joined with other children and protégés of JSA members to form Infinity, Inc..

Due to her father's exposure to magical energies, she and her brother were born with metahuman powers, although Jade's only manifested themselves when she was defending herself from being sexually assaulted as a child. Jade's powers greatly resemble those of the Green Lantern Corps: she is able to generate green energy and shape it into constructs according to her will. She once lost those powers when she fought the Starheart, the source of her powers, but they were restored by Kyle Rayner during his first, short tenure as the god-like Ion. She later discovered that she had her mother's plant manipulation powers, when she caused roses to attack a mugger. While on a date with Kyle on an alien world, she told him that her skin actually contains chlorophyll (the source of its green hue), and she can photosynthesize sunlight like a plant. While she was without her powers, Kyle gave her a power ring and she briefly served as Earth's Green Lantern.

While she was in a relationship with Kyle Rayner, Jade met Access, a powerful dimensional hopping superhero. He simply appeared in the middle of her apartment, talked with her for a bit and left. Jade became a member of the Outsiders when they were reformed by Nightwing and Arsenal. Serving with them for a time, she began to see problems in the emotional state of Nightwing and how that was affecting his leadership of the team. This problem eventually reached the point that Jade confronted the two men and took over leadership of the Outsiders.

Jade later joined the team that went into space with Donna Troy during Infinite Crisis. Jenny-Lynn did not survive the encounter, however, as she died trying to stop Alexander Luthor, Jr. from tearing the universe into a new Multiverse. Her power and her consciousness lingered until merging with Kyle Rayner and transforming him into Ion once more.

While Alan Scott was in a comatose state during an attack by the Gentleman Ghost, Jade appeared to him. She told her father goodbye and granted him another portion of her green energy, replacing his missing eye (which he had lost due to complications while returning from space after the Crisis was over) with a green glowing orb that, due to its mystical origins and connection to Jade, allows him to track astral and mystical energy forms such as ghosts.


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