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The Abandoned An’ Forsaked – Who Was the Second Terra Anyways?

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The Abandoned An’ Forsaked – Who Was the Second Terra Anyways?

Every week, we will be examining comic book stories and ideas that were not only abandoned, but also had the stories/plots specifically “overturned” by a later writer (as if they were a legal precedent). Click here for an archive of all the previous editions of The Abandoned An’ Forsaked. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have any suggestions for future editions of this feature.

Today, courtesy of a suggestion by my pal (and Titans Tower head honcho) Bill Walko, we look at the very convoluted origins (that’s right, origins) of the second superhero to call herself Terra.

Enjoy!

In the New Titans tie-in with Armageddon 2001, we meet the Titans of 10 years in the future (well, ten years in the future in 1991, that is)…

and one especially interesting member, Terra…

Who, of course, looks just like the former Titan who betrayed the team to Deathstroke and then died.

Later in their first appearance, the Titans learned that they had to go back in time…

In the first issue of Team Titans (the series starring these time-lost Titans) we learned Terra’s origin (Team Titans #1 had five variant editions, each one having the origin of a different member of the Team Titans). First, the Team Titans learn that she is a sleeper agent sent in by their enemy, Lord Chaos, but they discover what her true deal is…

and now that she sees Lord Chaos for the villain he is, she joins the Titans for real…

So that was the set-up for Terra’s time in Team Titans. She was from the future and was someone who was experimented on to make her look like the original Terra.

Then Zero Hour happened and Team Titans was canceled as most of the Team Titans turned out to be sleeper agents by Monarch/Extant/Hank Hall. They all disappeared except Mirage, Terra and the future version of Nightwing.

Mirage and Terra joined a new incarnation of the Titans…

After awhile, they discovered what their deal REALLY was…

Could it be? Could this Terra be the original Terra plucked from the time stream somehow?

At the end of the issue, she digs up the grave of the original Terra and, well, finds…

Right before this time, Geo-Force tries to connect with her…

And in the Titans Secret Files and Origins in 2000 (in a story co-written by future Titans writer Geoff Johns), Geo-Force gets a DNA test on Terra…

It all seemed kind of a moot discussion when, during the 52 storyline following Infinite Crisis, Terra was killed…

However, when a new hero called Terra showed up in the pages of Power Girl from a secret underground world, we finally learned the REAL truth about the second Terra…

So yeah, she was sent from the underground world to impersonate someone people would recognize and then I guess she was taken by the Time Trapper and brainwashed and dropped off in the future where she became a Team Titan and came back to the present where she eventually believed she was Tara Markov.

Ah….comics…never confusing at all!

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