Big Science Action
» SEE: Heroes of Japan
» SEE: Heroes of Japan
Created by Chuck Dixon
The "Birds of Prey" was at first an unofficial name used to refer to the partnership of heroes instigated by Barbara Gordon — Oracle. Oracle never personally named her ring of covert operatives, but has masterminded many missions over the years. Barbara began her adventuring as the original Batgirl, but after she was shot in the spine by the Joker (The Killing Joke), she took her crimefighting and information systems knowledge to cyberspace. As Oracle, she first approached the covert Suicide Squad, offering her services as a hacker and information broker. Eventually, she even showed her face to the team, but none of its members knew her real name. Around this same time, she contracted her first freelance operative: Power Girl. In her first mission to the Middle East, Power Girl was forced to decide between the fates of one head of state and hundreds of people on a boat. The people died, and Power Girl was traumatized; from then on, she was unwilling to work with Oracle. (Birds of Prey #42) Only once since then has she responded, in order to save Black Canary's life. (#12)
Barbara knew that establishing a rapport with one operative would be best, and out of the large pool of potential candidates, she chose the Black Canary. (BoP Secret Files #1) Canary had the right résumé: experience in the JLA and JSA, and a life that — at the time — was directionless at best. Canary was game, but in the beginning, she was not privy to Oracle's identity; the pair spent some time working out the kinks. (Unbeknownst to Canary, the two had worked together in the past, during Oracle's time as Batgirl. [Batgirl Year One #6-7]) Some of those first missions also involved Catwoman and the Huntress, but neither of them was welcomed to stick around.
While online, Oracle also struck up a friendship with someone known only as "BB." Once they met, she discovered that this was in fact Ted Kord, the Blue Beetle. (#15) The Beetle ran a couple missions before discovering that he had a serious heart condition. After this, his adventuring was curtailed, but he continued to help out in a technological capacity. (#39-40)
As Oracle's prowess grew, so did her stable of enemies. It was inevitable that one would eventually trace her to her clock tower headquarters in the Gotham City. In this case, Canary saved Babs from the clutches of Blockbuster and the two finally met in person. (#21)
She has shown many signs of a forgiving nature not so prevalent in her own mentor, the Batman. After Black Canary was kidnapped and severely beaten by the man called Savant, she recruited Savant into her service, challenging him to clean up a particulary surly Gotham neighborhood. (#74) In this he succeeded, but has since disappeared. The case with Savant also brought the most significant addition to the team — Helena Bertinelli, the Huntress.
The Huntress was drawn in as a last resort to rescue Canary from Savant. Her past with Oracle has been strained, but she found a genuine friend in Canary, who persuaded both Oracle and Huntress to attempt a team of three. (#69) Soon after the Huntress signed on, Oracle's headquarters was destroyed and compromised. She was tired of the baggage that Gotham held and so decided to take the show on the road... or more specifically, the air. Oracle recruited a fourth partner, Zinda Blake, also known as Lady Blackhawk. Blake was also looking for a change and gladly procured a state-of-the art plane which could shuttle the Birds to and from their missions nationwide. (#75) It was also Zinda who at last coined the name for Oracle's ooperation: The Birds of Prey. (#86)
The tension never really subsided between Oracle and the Huntress. Helena eventually deduced that Oracle had asked her to join them only because she was viewed as a "pet project," a misguided hero just waiting for a little guidance. Helena was enraged, and quit the team. (#80) With the Huntress gone, Canary called in some help from one of her own mentors, Wildcat. (#81) The Vixen has also served undercover in one known case. (#69-72) Most recently, the young heroine, Gypsy, has joined the group. (#92)
Oracle was recently given metahuman-like ability after being invaded by Brainiac. After apparently defeating him, she left with the ability to directly interface with computers. This ability came with a heavy cost; Brainiac's circuitry threatened to overtake her like a virus, and kill her. Oracle was ultimately forced to swallow her pride and agreed to undergo surgery. This was performed by Dr. Mid-Nite, and amazingly, following this she regained some sensation in her legs.
After leaving Gotham, Oracle established a new headquarters in Metropolis, Dalten Tower (designed by the same architect as many Gotham buildings). Zinda unveiled a new helicopeter, the Aerie Two, and handed out new jackets bearing a modified Blackhawk logo (for the Birds of Prey). (#86) Oracle also began rebuilding bridges with Huntress, and backed a plan by Helena to infiltrate Gotham's mobs. Though Helena at first refused full-time membership, she was soon convinced after the successful completion of their mission. Even the Batman was impressed when Huntress finally handed over a complete list of the mob's key members. (#86-91) Helena accepted full-time affiliation amidst this. (#88)
When Earth was beseiged by the villainy of Alexander Luthor, Oracle herself became the number one target of thge Society's Calculator, her opposite number. Society members tortured her former associate, Savant. (#88) Savant disappeared after this incident. It may have been sufficient impetus for him to return to a life of crime.
Black Canary's continued exploration into the martial arts led her into more direct contact with the world's master, Lady Shiva. She agreed to become Shiva's pupil, in the secret hopes that she could turn the assassin away from her murderous ways. Even Green Arrow noticed the Canary's improvements. Dinah eventually went so far as to challenge Shiva to trade lives with her. Each agreed to live the other's lives completely. After the "Crisis," Shiva joined on with the Birds as the Jade Canary, and Dinah ventured to Shiva's homeland in Southeast Asia to undergo training with her "Mother." At this time, Oracle added Gypsy as a full-time operative. (#92)
Dinah found a brual life in Asia, and met a little girl named Sin, whom the "Mother" was training to become the next Shiva. Dinah successfully completed Mother's trials, but refuesed to compromise her true self, or allow Sin to become an assassin. While with the Birds, Shiva participated in a mission to save the Crime Doctor, who agreed to reveal the Society's secrets to Oracle. In the process, they protected his daughter, Bethany. (#93) Dinah and Shiva decided to end their challenge simultaneously; neither could assume the other's ideals. And just as Dinah rescued Sin from a destiny as a killer, Shiva took young Bethany under her wing when the Crime Doctor killed himself. (#95)
|Oracle (Barbara Gordon)||constant||Active in adventuring|
|Power Girl (Kara Zor-L, Karen Starr)||BoP #42||Active in adventuring|
|Black Canary (Dinah Laurel Lance)||Black Canary/Oracle, Birds of Prey #1-BoP #99||Active in adventuring|
|Huntress (Helena Bertinelli)||BoP #69-80, 88-127||Active in adventuring|
|Savant (Brian Durlin)||BoP #82-88||Active in adventuring|
|Aleksandr Creote||BoP #85-106||Active in adventuring|
|Blue Beetle (Ted Kord)||...||Deceased DC Countdown|
|Vixen (Mari Jiwe McCabe)||BoP #69-72||Active in adventuring|
|Zinda Blake, aka Lady Blackhawk||BoP #75-127||Active in adventuring|
|Gypsy (Cynthia Reynolds)||BoP #92-103||Active in adventuring|
|Lady Shiva (Jade, The Jade Canary)||BoP #92-95||Active in adventuring|
|Manhunter VI (Katherine Spencer)||BoP #100-127||Active in adventuring|
|Big Barda (none)||BoP #100-109||Deceased Death of the New Gods #1|
|Judomaster III (Sonia Sato)||BoP #100-||Active in adventuring|
|Hawkgirl II (Kendra Sheira Saunders)||BoP #104-106||Active in adventuring|
|Misfit (Charlotte "Charlie" Gage-Radcliffe)||BoP #104-127||Active in adventuring|
|Black Alice (Lori Zechlin)||BoP #114-115||Active in adventuring|
|Infinity (unrevealed)||BoP #120-127||Active in adventuring|
» FIRST APPEARANCE: Black Canary/Oracle: Birds of Prey #1 (1996). Named as such: Birds of Prey #86 (November 2005)
Black Canary/Oracle: Birds of Prey #1, one-shot (1996)
Birds of Prey: Manhunt, 4-issue limited series (1996)
Birds of Prey: Revolution, one-shot (1997)
Birds of Prey: Wolves, one-shot (1997)
Birds of Prey: Batgirl, one-shot (February 1998)
Birds of Prey, ongoing (1999-present)
» SEE: Standalone Profile
Created by Robert Loring Fleming and James W. Fry
The group who would become the Blasters began as human test subjects for the alien Dominion invaders. The Dominion's experiment sought to discover how prevalent the "metagene" was in the human genome. To this end, they lined up 50 humans and initated their "blaster field." To their horror, a staggering six humans survived the carnage by developing latent metahuman powers. (Invasion! #1) Among them were:
When the alien invaders were driven from Earth and their captives freed, the Blasters joined with Earth's heroes and the Omega Men to reverse the effects of the Dominators' gene bomb. (Invasion! #3) Following this, they hung around with the Omega Men and captured the ship of the cat-woman named Churljenkins. Soon the Blasters returned to Earth. The the Omega Men remained stranded for a month to try and fix the ship so they too could return home. Later (and unwittingly) Snapper teleported back to Churl's ship and freed her from the Omega Men. The two of them reclaimed her ship intended to return Churl to home. They discovered, however, that her home planet had been destroyed to make way for a spaceway to Earth. It seemed that some enterprising Spider Guild beings had established a black market for arms on Earth. The two decided to put an end to it, and returned to Earth to gather the other Blasters.
In truth, most of the Blasters were grateful to be called back into action. Most of them had found it difficult readjusting to their lives after manifesting their metagenes. They took the Spider Guild head-on and also alerted the Justice League to the existence of their "Weapons Depot." Afterwards, all of the Blasters decided to remain with Churljenkins and tour space. (Blasters Special #1)
After wandering in space, the Blasters began to question the wisdom of their decision. Just when they were about to disband and return to Earth, they received a distress call from Valor's digital assistant, Babbage. Valor had been wrongly imprisoned by Kanjar Ru in Starlag II. When they broke into Starlag, they unintentionally released the Unimaginable. The Unimaginable set forces in motion which threatend to destroy Starlag. The Blasters were trapped as the prison began crumbling. Their fate following this incident remains a mystery. (Valor #5-8)
At some point, the Snapper was separated from his teammates. He did not know if they were dead or alive and expressed some guilt over their unknown fate. While searching for them, he was captured by some Khunds, who cut off his hands. (Hourman #20) He was rescued by the L.E.G.I.O.N., but knew nothing about the fate of the Blasters. Vril Dox gave Snapper new hands and lost the ability to teleport and was returned to earth. (Hourman #20-21) Inexplicably, Snapper has once again shown the ability to teleport. He is now an agent of Checkmate. (52 Aftermath: Four Horsemen; Final Crisis: Resist)
The Blasters were a pet project of Robert Loring Fleming. They had been slated for their own series, but editorial reigns changed hands, Fleming lost interest, and other creators became unavailable. The L.E.G.I.O.N. was another major team to spring from Invasion!. Fleming brought the Blasters in as guests when assumed writing the Valor series, but again left them in limbo, as the Zero Hour plans for the Legion soon overshadowed the book.
» FIRST APPEARANCE: Snapper: Brave & Bold #28. Others: Invasion! #1. As team: Invasion! #3
» FEATURED APPEARANCES: Blasters Special #1 Hourman #20-?? Invasion! #1, 3 Valor #5-8
The Blood Pack is one of the shortest-lived and strangest teams to ever appear in the DCU. Its members were all part of the "New Bloods," who recieved their powers from spinal-fluid-sucking aliens (no, really). The alien parasites could disguise themselves as humans and preyed upon dozens of humans. One in 100 victims did not die, but were transformed into metahumans by the alien attacks. After an attack, the parasite would discharge the spinal fluid into a large vat where a monster called the Taker was waiting to be fed. When the Taker was sufficiently fed, it would then consume his own parasites and emerge to ravage an entire planet and strip it of all of its raw minerals. This cycle of death could then commence anew on another world.
They were rather quickly defeated, thanks in large part, to Superman, who had recently returned from the dead. (Bloodbath #1-2)
The Blood Pack was a group of New Bloods called together by a group of "producers" called the Quorum to make a behind-the-scenes super-hero documentary. In truth, the Quorum sought to use the New Bloods for world domination.
Though there is no evidence, it has been speculated that the Pack's mystery member, Loria, was created and planted by the Quorum as a spy. She Could turn into a being of solid metal impervious and incredibly strong. She was soon killed by one of the armored "Sweepers" (security guards) when she tried to leave the Blood Pack. (Blood Pack #3) The Quorum then secretly used her body as a host for DNA from the Taker (who'd been destroyed in Bloodbath #2). The resulting creature had features of both Loria and the Taker. However, Loria's mind remained locked inside thise body, which she could not control. She contacted the Blood Pack via their computer system and telepathy, and ultimately sacrificed her remaining being to reveal the Quorum's evil intentions to the world. (Blood Pack #4)
Most of the Blood Pack (Ballistic, Geist, Mongrel, Nightblade and Razorsharp) were killed during Earth's heroes' battle with Superboy Prime and the Society. (Infinite Crisis #7) Jade also died in space during this Crisis. (Rann/Thanagar War Special)
Tragic mortality continues to plague the New Bloods. Two more fell prey to a villain called the Organ Thief. He harvested Argus' eyes and Loose Cannon's heart (though he still lived). (JSA Classified #19) Argus was quick to venture back into the fray, but he met with even more tragedy. After forming a new Blood Pack, their member Hook was killed by Prometheus II. While Argus, Anima and Gunfire tracked him down, the original Prometheus entered the scene. He killed Anima and cut off Gunfire's arms. (Faces of Evil: Prometheus)
Later, a subspecies of the Bloodlines aliens returned from beyond Pluto. The JLA intercepted which was smaller and more intelligent, that had infected a deep space NASA probe. With the help of Himan, they eradicated all of these specimens. (JLA/Hitman #1-2)
Reading the Bloodlines books is no better than simply reading this profile. This was '90s comics at their worst. In retrospect, this was a gimmick by DC to flood the market with their own "extreme" heroes, as many independent competitors were doing. As you might expect, those Annuals written by solid writers (Dixon, Waid) are OK reads, but the rest are completely throwaway. One might think that at least some of these 20+ characters would have had some lasting relevancy. Alas, no. The only one truly worthy of note is the Hitman, whose series written by Garth Ennis is now a cult classsic.
In 1993, Skybox produced a series of horrible trading cards to go along with this pointless crossover. In 2008, I purchased the entire set plus the chase cards for $1.00 on ebay.
» FIRST APPEARANCE: Team: Showcase '94 #12 (all members joined here)
» FEATURED APPEARANCES: Guy Gardner: Warrior #29 Showcase '95 #1-2 Superboy #16 Young Justice #8
|Member (Real Name)|| 1st Appearance
|Ballistic (Kelvin Mao)||Batman Annual #17 (Batman #557)||Killed Infinite Crisis #7|
|Geist (Dwayne Geyer)||Detective Comics Annual #6 (JLTF #9)||Killed Infinite Crisis #7|
|Loria (unknown)||Showcase '94 #12/Blood Pack #1??||Murdered in Blood Pack #3; sacrificed her mind and soul in Blood Pack #4.|
|Mongrel (Josh Xan)||Hawkman Annual #1 (Hawkman #7-8)||Killed Infinite Crisis #7|
|Nightblade (Nik Mayak)||Green Lantern Annual #2||Killed Infinite Crisis #7. Super-healing.|
|Razorsharp (Rae Sharp)||Robin Annual #2 (Showcase '94 #3-4, Catwoman #25, Psyba-Rats #1-3, Young Justice #8)||Killed Infinite Crisis #7|
|Channelman (Chester Channel)||Was Razorsharp's comatose partner|
|Sparx (Donna Carol Force)||Adventures of Superman Annual #5||Weilds electricity. Active in adventuring|
|Jade, Team Trainer (Jennie Lynn Hayden, Green Lantern VI)||All-Star Squadron #25||Died Rann/Thanagar War: Infinite Crisis Special #1 (2006); her energies live on in Kyle Rayner, Ion|
|Jeremy Baxter, Producer||Showcase '94 #12||Status unknown|
|Adrian Zapruder, Director||Blood Pack #1||Status unknown|
|LATTER DAY Blood Pack|
|Anima (Courtney Mason)||New
Titans Annual #9
(Anima #0-15 Wonder Woman #174-175 Zero Hour #4, 3, 2 Young Justice #49-51)
|Killed by Prometheus, Faces of Evil: Prometheus (2009); transformed life energy into a a shadow being.|
|Argus (Nick Kelley)||Flash Annual #6 (Argus #1-6 Flash #92-94, #125-126 • Showcase '95 #1-2 )||Active in adventuring; his eyes were cut out but restored, JSA Classified #19-20; enhanced physique & vision.|
|Gunfire (Andrew Van Horn)||Deathstroke Annual #2 (Gunfire #0-13 JSA #33 Zero Hour #3)||Can cause any object to fire like a gun. Active in adventuring|
|The Hook (Kieron Masterson)||Green Arrow Annual #6||Killed by Prometheus II, Faces of Evil: Prometheus (2009); had a powerful energy arm. Active in adventuring|
|OTHER "NEW BLOODS"|
|Cardinal Sin||Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight Annual #3||Active in adventuring|
|Chimera (Sanjeet Bhatia)|| Team
Titans Annual #1
(Team Titans #22,23)
|Draws creatures from dimensional portals. Active in adventuring|
|Edge (Tom O'Brien)||Superman: The Man of Steel Annual #2||Generates shards from his skin. Active in adventuring|
|Hackrat (Reginald Hackman)||Robin
(Showcase '94 #3-4, Catwoman #25, Psyba-Rats #1-3, Young Justice #8)
|Manipulates computers with his mind.|
|Hitman (Tommy Monaghan)|| Demon
(Demon #?? Hitman #1-60 JLA #5 Ressurrection Man #?? • JLA/Hitman #1-2)
|X-ray vision, telepathy. Died Hitman #60.|
|Jamm (unrevealed)||Legion of Super-Heroes Annual #4||Mind control. Unknown post-Zero Hour|
|Joe Public||Batman: Shadow of the Bat Annual #1 (JLTF #9)||Active in adventuring|
|Krag (Pete Cranick)||J.L.A. Annual #7||Super-strong rock-creature. Bad side effect: he can't feel anything.|
|Layla||Lobo Annual #1 (L.E.G.I.O.N. Annual #4)||Active in adventuring; was bounty hunting in Lobo's Big Babe Spring Break Special|
|Lionheart (Richard Plante)||Justice League International v.2 Annual #4 (Justice League Int'l v.2Justice League America #107)||Armored for flight & strength. Active in adventuring|
|Loose Cannon (Eddie Walker)||Action Comics Annual #5 (Loose Cannon #1-4 JLTF #9)||Inactive; his heart was cut out, but he still survivedJSA Classified #19); super-strong shapeshifter.|
|Myriad (Sasha Green)||Superman Annual #5||Absorbs powers & memories. Active in adventuring|
|Pax||L.E.G.I.O.N. Annual #4 (L.E.G.I.O.N. #67 Showcase 94 #9)||Last seen in Showcase '94 #9, hunting the Parasites. He was a spiritual leader whose followers and race were killed by the parasites. He became strong and invulnerable and gained the ability to sense the parasites. dedicated himself their destruction.|
|Prism (Linus Powell)||Eclipso Annual #1 (Eclipso #16-18)||A being of adamantine glass. Deceased Eclipso #18??|
|Ragnarok (Gunther Van Horn)||As Gunther, Deathstroke Annual #2; as Ragnarok, Gunfire #0||Gunfire's father. Could fire energy blasts; had special armor. Died in Gunfire|
|Rodney James||Detective Comics Annual #6||Could stretch and mold his body; unkillable, without blood.|
|Samaritan||Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight Annual||??|
|Shadowstryke (unrevealed)||J.L.A. Annual #7||Fires powerful bolts of shadow-energy.|
|Slingshot (unrevealed)||J.L.A. Annual #7||Controls the "acceleration factor" of objects; can make them fast or slow.|
|Terrorsmith (Jack Mobley)||J.L.A. Annual #7 (Showcase '94 #7)||Transformed people into monsters. Deceased JLA #1|
» FIRST APPEARANCE: Lobo Annual #1 (1993)
This Bloodlines alien was a red armored female who was the embodiment of anger. Her and the other six of her group escaped Pax's universe to come to this dimension. Encountered by Lobo and the forces of L.E.G.I.O.N., they suffered the loss of one of their number (which limited their shape-changing abilities to their alien form and one humanoid form), and then crash-landed their pod-ship in the Mullholland nature preserve, a swamp outside of Metropolis. She created the new blood heroes of Edge, Ballistic, Jamm, Prism, and, with all of her brethren, had a hand (or tentacle) in creating Pax. She did not survive the birthing of the Taker.
» FIRST APPEARANCE: Lobo Annual #1 (1993)
This Bloodlines alien was a flame haired, red armored male with arm-wings in alien form who was the embodiment of greed. He and the other six of his group escaped Pax's universe to come to this dimension. Encountered by Lobo and the forces of L.E.G.I.O.N., they suffered the loss of one of their number (which limited their shape-changing abilities to their alien form and one humanoid form), and then crash-landed their pod-ship in the Mullholland nature preserve, a swamp outside of Metropolis. He created the new blood heroes of Joe Public, Myriad, Sparx, Cardinal Sin, Samaritan and, with all of his brethren, had a hand (or tentacle) in creating Pax. He did not survive the birthing of the Taker.
» FIRST APPEARANCE: Lobo Annual #1 (1993)
This Bloodlines alien was a fat, purple armored male who was the embodiment of gluttony. He and the other six of his group escaped Pax's universe to come to this dimension. Encountered by Lobo and the forces of L.E.G.I.O.N., they suffered the loss of one of their number (which limited their shape-changing abilities to their alien form and one humanoid form), and then crash-landed their pod-ship in the Mullholland nature preserve, a swamp outside of Metropolis. He created the new blood heroes of Loose Cannon, "Hitman" Tommy Monaghan, Chimera and, with all of his brethren, had a hand (or tentacle) in creating Pax. He did not survive the birthing of the Taker.
» FIRST APPEARANCE: Lobo Annual #1 (1993)
This Bloodlines alien was a red-haired, purple armored female who was the embodiment of lust. Her and the other six of her group escaped Pax's universe to come to this dimension. Encountered by Lobo and the forces of L.E.G.I.O.N., they suffered the loss of one of their number (which limited their shape-changing abilities to their alien form and one humanoid form), and then crash-landed their pod-ship in the Mullholland nature preserve, a swamp outside of Metropolis. She created the new blood heroes of Anima, Nightblade, Hook, Terrorsmith (co-created with Venev), Mongrel, and, with all of her brethren, had a hand (or tentacle) in creating Pax. She did not survive the birthing of the Taker.
» FIRST APPEARANCE: LOBO Annual #1 (1993)
This Bloodlines alien was a blue armored male with butterfly-wings in alien form who was the embodiment of pride. He and the other six of his group escaped Pax's universe to come to this dimension. Encountered by Lobo and the forces of L.E.G.I.O.N., they suffered the loss of one of their number (which limited their shape-changing abilities to their alien form and one humanoid form), and then crash-landed their pod-ship in the Mullholland nature preserve, a swamp outside of Metropolis. He created the new blood heroes of Lionheart, Geist, and, with all of his brethren, had a hand (or tentacle) in creating Pax. He did not survive the birthing of the Taker.
» FIRST APPEARANCE: Lobo Annual #1 (1993)
This Bloodlines alien was a yellow armored male who was the embodiment of sloth. He and the other six of his group escaped Pax's universe to come to this dimension. Encountered by Lobo and the forces of L.E.G.I.O.N., he was killed by a grenade stuffed in his mouth by Lobo. His loss limited the others shape-changing abilities to their alien form and one humanoid form). He created the new blood hero of Layla and, with all of his brethren, had a hand (or tentacle) in creating Pax. It was by feeding his dead form to the the Taker that the Taker emerged from the pod in the Mullholland nature preserve outside of Metropolis.
» FIRST APPEARANCE: Lobo Annual #1 (1993)
This Bloodlines alien was a six-armed, green armored female who was the embodiment of envy. Her and the other six of her group escaped Pax's universe to come to this dimension. Encountered by Lobo and the forces of L.E.G.I.O.N., they suffered the loss of one of their number (which limited their shape-changing abilities to their alien form and one humanoid form), and then crash-landed their pod-ship in the Mullholland nature preserve, a swamp outside of Metropolis. She created the new blood heroes of Argus, Razorsharp, Terrorsmith (co-created with Lissik), Gunfire (and possibly Ragnarok), and, with all of her brethren, had a hand (or tentacle) in creating Pax. She did not survive the birthing of the Taker.
» FIRST APPEARANCE: JUSTICE LEAGUE AMERICA Annual #7 (1993) (implied), ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN Annual #5 (1993) (a tentacle), Bloodbath #1 (Early December 1993) (emerged from the pod-ship); Blood Pack #4 (June 1995) (Taker clone)
What the seven Bloodlines aliens were feeding with the spinal fluid they had collected from humans across the earth. When it was birthing from the Bloodlines' aliens pod-ship, it send out a subliminal call to all the new bloods created by the destruction caused by the aliens (and proving that there is a subtle telepathic link between all the new blood heroes). The Taker was able to immobilize a contingent of earth heroes directed to the scene by Amanda Waller, including various members of a special Justice League Task Force (with members from both Justice League America and Justice League International, as well as old Justice League of America members), the New Titans, the Team Titans, Deathstroke, Robin, Superboy, the Eradicator, Green Lantern (Kyle Rayner) and even Etrigan the Demon. The Taker was stopped by the combined forces of the new blood heroes (who had discovered they could literally combine their powers into one being, thanks to the help of the Animus of Anima). His body was taken away by Lobo under the direction of Vril Dox II and the L.E.G.I.O.N. A Taker clone was created by the Quarum and stopped by the Blood Pack (a collection of new bloods led by Jade), and hitman Tommy Monaghan and his friend, Natt the Hat, sacrificed their lives to stop an organization within the United States Government from grafting alien parts to humans in order to create new meta-humans they could control.
Sorry for this little alien invasion, but hope folks find it of interest (and I'll likely come back with some stuff on the new bloods who had no other appearances other than the Annual and in Bloodbath...if this is of interest...)
» SEE: Heroes of Russia
The Brotherhood is covered thoroughly at the Titans Tower. Please navigate within the Who's Who section to read their history.
» FIRST APPEARANCE: Original: Doom Patrol v.1 #86. Second team: New Teen Titans v.1 #14. Society of Sin: New Titans Annual #6» FEATURED APPEARANCES:
Brave & the Bold #65 Doom Patrol v.1 #86, 87, 90, 93, 96, 97, 101, 104, 107-112, 118-119, 121 Doom Patrol v.3 #14 New Teen Titans v.1 #13-15, 29-31 New Teen Titans v.2 #43, Annual #6 Teen Titans Spotlight #11
» SEE ALSO: Titans Tower
|Member||1st app.||Status & Info|
|1.||The Brain||Doom Patrol v.1 #86||Killed by Grodd Salvation Run #4|
|1.||Madame Rouge (Laura DeMille)||Deceased New Teen Titans #15|
|4.||Phobia (Angela Hawkins III)||New Teen Titans v.1 #14||Active in villainy|
|5.||Warp (Emil LaSalle)||Active in villainy|
|6.||Houngan (Jean-Louis Droo)||Active in villainy|
|6.||Plasmus (Otto Von Furth)||Active in villainy|
|8.||Trinity (The Trinity Virus)||The New Titans Annual #8||Destroyed, Wonder Woman v.2 #183|
|9.||Gemini||Batgirl #60||Active in villainy|
|10.||The Elephant Man||Teen Titans v.3 #35||Active in villainy|
|10.||Goldilocks||Teen Titans v.3 #35||Active in villainy|