Today we are focusing on the Teen Titans in the new DC Rebirth. While the run isn’t overly long right now (Currently only 12 issues) it is enough to start seeing the team dynamic.
This set of Teen Titans were a group formed by young Damian Wayne (Robin, Son of Batman) to prepare to be the next members of the Justice League (and in his own words, be better than them). He also doesn’t want it to be a failure as he deems the previous iteration. But let’s get down to the members.
Robin (Damian Wayne):
The prodigal son of Batman (and practically the little brother of Dick Grayson/Nightwing) is the self appointed leader and founder of the new generation of Teen Titans. Forming the team as a way to assert his independence from both his father Batman, and Grandfather Ra’s al-Ghul, he is both the resident genius and weapons expert of the team. His abilities include: Peak human condition, master martial artist, stealth and disguise expert, genius level intellect, mimicry (able to copy others voices either perfectly, or near perfectly). He is also able to drive, has business management skills, and is a rather skilled painter.
Beast Boy (Garfield Logan):
The comedic stylings of our favourite green shapeshifter is back. Beast Boy is a big aspect as far as the humour in the series goes, but he’s also a physical heavy hitter and also quite adept at sneaking around. His powers include being able to change into any animal (though he has better control if he knows about the animal). This is not limited to just Earth based animals. He also has an encyclopedic knowledge of animals.
Kid Flash (Wally West):
The young Wally West is the resident speedster (because every good DC team needs a Speedster on it). While generally outgoing, he is heavily conflicted with his past, and during the teams encounter with Deathstroke, ultimately gets himself kicked off the team. His powers include the typical from DC speedsters, a connection to the Speed Force, super speed, reflexes, durability, agility, stamina. He also has accelerated healing, can travel dimensions, tap into the electrical powers of the Speed Force. He is also known for his skill as a mechanic.
Raven (Rachel Roth):
Daughter of the demon Trigon, Raven is rather adept at magic. She often uses it in combat to either protect others on her team, or to help heal by absorbing their pain into herself. Being half demon, she has a unique skillset which includes: Darkness manipulation, time stream manipulation, and the ability to constantly feel the emotions of others nearby. She is also extremely adept at magic (not wholly unique to her demon side, but definitely enhanced by it).
A princess in her home planet, Starfire brings a bit of a Cosmic touch to the team. Her alien physiology gives her some pretty good advantages over mere humans. But she is also a strong tactical mind and leader. As such, the team often wants her to take over (as her personality is almost an exact counterpoint to Damian’s). She has superhuman strength, durability, and stamina. She also has the powers of flight, energy manipulation, energy absorption and has no need for food or drink. She is also an extremely skilled linguist, swordsman, hand to hand combatant and is quite skilled with gun usage as well.
Aqualad (Jackson Hyde):
Aqualad is the 6th member of the team, essentially being the replacement for Kid Flash. Damian is extremely hard on him, because he wants him to avoid what he sees as the failures of Kid Flash. A late edition to the team, he doesn’t appear until the 6th issue. His skills include hybrid Atlantean physiology (superhuman strength, durability, speed, stamina, reflexes, and enhanced senses). He can breath underwater, has hydrokinesis and electrokinesis.
Goliath is the giant dragon-bat who is essentially Robin’s pet. While not *technically* a member of the team, he does tend to be there for a large portion of their fights, and obeys Robin’s commands. He has superhuman strength, durability, speed, stamina and flight.