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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 03:30 am (UTC)
star_of_airdrie: (solstice)
From: [personal profile] star_of_airdrie
Thank you for posting this. I found Solstice appealing but this storyline actually makes me want to buy the book. Buy as in purchase!

At first the Raven/Solstice dynamic felt very Raven/Starfire from TT:Go! but it's way, way more than that...

Date: 2011-05-26 03:43 am (UTC)
shadowpsykie: Information (Default)
From: [personal profile] shadowpsykie
ooooh adapted Myth.... i love it when comics/movies/books do this.... :D

my Hindu mythology is limited. I knew about Rama and Sita.

I know she was kidnapped, I know about the quest... i remember Arrows... and i remember that i THINK this is where we get the famous Oppenheimer quote about the million exploding suns...

but specifics about THIS particular story are... illusive...

Date: 2011-05-26 04:07 am (UTC)
auggie18: (Default)
From: [personal profile] auggie18
Everything I know about the legend comes from "Sita Sings the Blues", which you should totally watch because it's free online now. Here's a link.

(Warning: It's a feature length animated movie. I really enjoyed it, but YMMV.)

Anyway, Solstice. Love her. The thing is, she seems like a Mary Sue. She's certainly got a lot of the attributes of one. But something about her just makes them work. Everyone likes her, but you really get why. She's a ray of sunshine in the incredibly dark world of the Titans. She's bright, happy, nice, and polite.

Oh please don't let her get killed. Or made evil. Or, y'know, Mary Marvel'd.

Date: 2011-05-26 05:09 am (UTC)
swatkat: knight - er, morgana - in shining underwear (Default)
From: [personal profile] swatkat
I still fail to understand why ~shape-shifting demons~ from the Ramayana are hanging out in an Indus Valley site (different civilizations! no, really), but probably I should not expect research from a comic book.

Date: 2011-05-26 05:23 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] darkknightjrk
On what the deal is with Solstice affect Raven:

Raven says that she's radiating more than light...what if she's radiating emotion as well? Positive emotion. That has a bit to do with why everyone likes her right now, they're feeling happier just by being around her. But, with Raven's whole "I can't feel emotions else I unleash an army of hellspawn lead by my demon father" deal make it hard for her to be around someone like that.

Date: 2011-05-26 08:30 am (UTC)
fifthie: tastes the best (Default)
From: [personal profile] fifthie
If Solstice can make it five years without some writer having her be killed raped depowered maimed massively character-derailed or falling into utter obscurity I will totally retroactively give Krul credit for her, I will even go back and buy some of these comics.

Date: 2011-05-26 11:51 am (UTC)
wizardru: Hellboy (Default)
From: [personal profile] wizardru
Wow: nice art, solid characterizations and a decent plot.


I think this just made my pull list.

Date: 2011-05-26 01:26 pm (UTC)
blackruzsa: Made by fox4859 on dA (omnom)
From: [personal profile] blackruzsa
She is an answer to my underlying need for more knowledge on Hindu god-legends. I even had to sit down in a Barnes and Noble just to read "The Idiot's Guide to Hinduism" to get the gist.

Why oh why, Raven?

Date: 2011-05-26 02:21 pm (UTC)
nezchan: Navis at breakfast (Default)
From: [personal profile] nezchan
Wow, this is the first Titans scan in a long time that made me feel like I was looking at the real Teen Titans. More of this, please.


Date: 2011-05-26 03:58 pm (UTC)
bewareofgeek: (Default)
From: [personal profile] bewareofgeek
Rama himself could turn up. He was a supporting character in Wonder Woman for a while (Eric Luke era, IIRC)

Date: 2011-05-26 04:50 pm (UTC)
celestialchild: icon made by (Avatar Kiyoshi)
From: [personal profile] celestialchild
omg Raven has a plotline? Hey might actually pick this up.

Date: 2011-05-26 06:16 pm (UTC)
silverzeo: (Default)
From: [personal profile] silverzeo
Huh, I have been wondering, what do they call it when a comic does this? When it starts out with a sort of clean slate out of the blue, but still be connected to previous books. Kinda like the how they instantly had Hulk come out around the time he was launched into space.

Date: 2011-05-27 02:17 am (UTC)
freddylloyd: (Default)
From: [personal profile] freddylloyd
Whatever larger effect Solstice is having on Raven, it's causing her to say "Cassie" instead of "Cassandra." And that's just wrong.

Date: 2011-05-27 07:36 am (UTC)
marco: (Default)
From: [personal profile] marco
I did not realize Solistice was finally in the Titans! Was this the first issue with her appearance (and is there more Solistice/WG ship-teasing?)?

I guess I need to pick up this and B&R~.


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