More Origins and Omens!
Sorry about skipping a week, but school work waits for no one. Anyway, here’s the next installment of “Revisiting Origins and Omens,” in conjunction with the six-month anniversary of the stories appearing in DC titles as well as the upcoming one-year anniversary of this column. This week: Teen Titans and Mon-El.
At the time, the Teen Titans were trying to figure out the whole business with the Dark Side Club and bring it down. Many of the heroes they might have looked to in order to fill some roster spots had since been subjected to the Arena and were found within the pages of the Terror Titans miniseries.
Regular readers of Teen Titans also knew that a great number of changes were going on with its membership, as was recapped in the Origins and Omens story. Ravager went bye-bye. Miss Martian went on sabbatical (which was later revealed to be an undercover infiltration of the Dark Side Club), and Robin flew the coop to take care of business back in Gotham. Oh, and Red Devil wasn’t Red Devil anymore. He was just Eddie. And let’s not forget about Wendy and Marvin, especially since we’re still seeing the effects of that particular storyline.
I specifically passed on revisiting the Teen Titans Origins and Omens story last time because issue #74 hadn’t been released yet and there is a specific image I had a feeling was going to be brought to light. And has fate would have it, our dear Eddie Bloomberg saved the world despite having no powers, thus proving that powers doth not the hero make. Anyway, we knew this was coming, thanks to Scar.
Let’s see, what else did Scar see happening? Um, a Kid Flash uniform? I think we can all safely assume that Bart is on his way back to the Teen Titans very shortly. Ravager beating down Wonder Girl? It’s no surprise that they don’t like each other. I have no doubt that this will happen many times before they ever become BFFs.
So here’s what is still bothering me. First of all, there’s an image of Wonder Girl kissing a Beetle. But here’s the thing: I don’t see any Blue in that Beetle, which leads me to believe that she somehow becomes involved with the Black Beetle (and aren’t we supposed to find out who that is pretty soon in Booster Gold?). And we also have a silhouette of a pregnant woman. Somehow, I just don’t see it being Bombshell.
The month of Origins and Omens brought to the Superman title a monumental change. For once, Superman wasn’t going to be appearing in his own title. Instead, the character Mon-El would be taking the lead, along with the Guardian. So once he was mysteriously cured of his lead poisoning, this brief back-up was important because it set up who Mon-El would be on Earth and what direction his life would take for the time Superman was gone. And wouldn’t you know it, he went back to Smallville and talked to Ma Kent for advice.
They set up a nice identity for Mon here, having him go by the name Jonathan Kent and being from London. Really, Jonathan Kent sounds British. I never thought so when it belonged to the original JK, but when it comes to Mon and his identity, the name just seems to fit.
As for the Omens page, we once again have some images that have already come to fruition and others that have yet to play out completely. We know that Jonathan joins the Science Police, and that the Guardian is a…uh, guardian of his real identity. The smack down between Atlas and Mon-El just recently happened, though I’m sure it’s not over. I wonder about the bald man in the upper right corner. Is that supposed to be John Henry Irons?
So far Mon-El and Sodom Yat have yet to meet, though Mon has been given some crystals by the Green Lantern that filled in some of the blanks about Daxam. But the image given here is that there is going to be more than a little bit of a misunderstanding of some kind, so much so that they fight. Hmm…I wonder.
And of course, the one that finally seems to be starting is what I imagine is a relationship between Jonathan and Jamie Harper, formerly of Gotham City and niece to the original Jim Harper. Jonathan and Jamie recently became partners in a plain clothes Science Police unit in the Superman Annual and the sparks were there. Yeah, they are sooo going to get together. Too bad that lead poisoning is going to come back and either kill him or force some kind of recreation of the Phantom Zone. Or, could he just decide to go home to Daxam?
Some of these Origins and Omens stories are from titles that I either aren’t currently reading or only recently started reading. In these cases, I don’t feel completely comfortable dissecting these since I’m not entirely familiar with the storyline and the characters. If you would like to help me make sure that this re-examination of Origins and Omens is complete, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment in the forums.
Here are the O & O stories I need help completing:
Booster Gold Justice Society of America
Green Lantern The Outsiders
Green Lantern Corps Vigilante
Thanks again for reading. Don’t forget to ask questions or add anything I might have missed on the forum.