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One of the reasons I started reading Teen Titans with the current arc was because I'm interested in a relatively new character, an Indian girl named Kiran (also known as Solstice).

Six scans from Teen Titans #94.


The issue - titled "The Power of Myth" - begins with Kiran.



I'll discuss her summary at the end of this post, but Kiran is right about what happened to Cassie and Helena. There was a page last issue that hinted at Cassie vs. demon; in this issue we see that despite a good effort, the demon is too much for her to handle alone.




Love the dig at time travel there. :P.

Tim's being hard on himself, though. There weren't any problems with how he'd organized the teams for the search they were doing, unless you count Rose needling Bart, who seems rather starstruck by Kiran. The teams were Kiran and Gar; Cassie, Helena, and Raven; Bart and Rose; and Tim and Kon.

And suggesting that Helena stay at her camp wouldn't have worked. Cassie *did* try it (out of Tim's earshot, which is probably why he's thinking it here), but Helena refused to sit back while her colleagues - Kiran's parents Vijay and Rani - were missing.




I was amused - although not very surprised - by the fact that Tim's read "a few translations" of the Ramayana. I also really like Kiran's snark.

They manage to enter the demon realm. They know they're on the right track when Gar sees Cassie's lasso - "she wouldn't leave it behind, not ever," Bart says - and Rose finds a giant footprint.

Sorry for the width of the next image, but IMO the two pages are best seen as originally presented.




During the fight:



"I can't take it!"

A wave of psychic energy - which Raven couldn't control because a) she has an as-yet-unexplained negative reaction to Kiran's powers, b) they're in a demon realm, or c) some combination of those - sends both the Teen Titans and their ambushers flying in all directions.

Rose and Tim end up captured. Tim's the only one that's missed, though, because a shape-shifting demon goes back to the group disguised as Rose.

Now, back to Kiran's summary of the Ramayana - I found it interesting. It's not exactly the story I know - for example, in the version I read there isn't a "demon realm" that's particularly different from ours per se (AFAIK it's just a different country), the stones needed to cross the sea into that realm didn't have anything written on them, and the demon king was called Ravan(a), not Rankor.

Krul could be adapting the story to suit Teen Titans' needs, like numerous other writers have done with other mythologies.

Or maybe it's just the version of the Ramayana I read? For example I didn't know, until after some online searching, that the "Tataka" Kiran mentions here and that we see last issue isn't something Krul made up.

Anyone with a wider knowledge of Hindu mythology have any ideas?

Date: 2011-05-26 06:26 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] fifthie
I think I like that last one, she actually is 100% a total Marianne Mary S. Suesberry Sue Von Schuestein, and we're actually all of us just willing to go along with it because these characters actually all totally do need her to fix their shit.

OH GOD

can she tell Superboy he'd look better in a jacket

Date: 2011-05-27 04:02 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dr_jekyl
Solstice does scream 'Sue' to me (the kicker is Bart's sudden infatutation) but, you're right: I'm totally willing to go along with it because a Fixit Sue is, in some ways, what the book actually requires. And some level of Sue is forgivable for a brand-spanking new character in any case, particularly entering a team book filled with highly-powered, hugely angsty characters.

The trick, though, for Krul will be to tone down her Sueishness as the book starts to get back on an even keel. Can he remove some of the lustre without making her Dark and Angsty?

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