"Starfire Unleashed!": After relaxing in their pool at Titans Tower, the Teen Titans discuss Starfire's most recent boyfriend, Franklin Crandall. Dick pretends that he's okay with her seeing somebody else, but it is fairly obvious that he is still quite attached to the Tamaranean
Appearing in "Starfire Unleashed!"
- Agent No. 7 (Willis Darrow) (Only appearance; dies)
- Franklin Crandall (Only appearance; dies)
- Phil Cerullo (a mobster)
- Carl Woods
- Jason Silver (In a photograph only)
- Luwanda Brown (Angela Dove) (a model)
- Rudy (a student at Manhattan College)
- Sarah Simms (Behind the scenes)
- Sergio de Levi (a fashion designer)
- Professor Hollis (a philosophy teacher)
Synopsis for "Starfire Unleashed!"
After relaxing in their pool at Titans Tower, the Teen Titans discuss Starfire's most recent boyfriend, Franklin Crandall. Dick pretends that he's okay with her seeing somebody else, but it is fairly obvious that he is still quite attached to the Tamaranean. Starfire had met Franklin while modeling for Donna under her civilian name Kory Anders. Donna, ever protective of Kory, warned her about revealing her true nature to her new boyfriend.
Before long however, Franklin discovered the truth about Kory's alien heritage on his own, but it didn't change how he felt about her. The two continued dating for several weeks and Kory fell completely in love with him.
Now she is ready to introduce her boyfriend to the rest of the Titans. Donna is still uncomfortable with how quickly Kory has fallen in love with this man, and her discomfort intensifies when Kory tells her that Franklin knows the truth about her.
In his home in Greenwich, Connecticut, Franklin Crandall meets with his employer – a rogue agent of the H.I.V.E. This agent wants to get back into the H.I.V.E.'s good graces and believes that he can prove himself by manipulating Crandall into killing one (or more) of the Titans. Crandall is reluctant to aid the H.I.V.E. agent as he has now developed genuine feelings for Starfire. The agent warns him against betrayal.
Meanwhile, Wally West walks Raven to school for her first day of classes at Manhattan College. She enrolls in a philosophy course and embarrasses herself in class by voicing her opinion at considerable length. One of the students takes an interest in Raven and tells her that he knows of the Cult of Azar and has even practiced some of their disciplines. After class, a couple of boys begin antagonizing Raven and her new friend defends her by punching one of the thugs in the jaw. Raven is as upset with her classmate as she is with her antagonists and tells him that physical violence has never been part of the teachings of Azar.
That evening, the Titans go to Harlem to rescue a kidnapped model named Angela Dove from the clutches of mobster Phil Cerullo. Cerullo has kidnapped Angela in order to muscle her boyfriend Jason Silver into not testifying against him at his trial. The Titans burst through the wall of the building and take out Cerullo's gunmen. Starfire stuns the gangster with a starbolt and the other Titans worry about their teammate's apparent power levels.
Back in Connecticut, Franklin Crandall decides that he cannot betray Starfire. He turns his gun over to the H.I.V.E. agent and tells him that he quits. As Crandall walks away, the H.I.V.E. agent shoots him in the back, killing him. The Titans arrive, unaware that anything is amiss until they find Crandall's body. Robin tries to resuscitate him, but he is too late. Starfire goes berserk and begins firing lethal bolts of energy at the H.I.V.E. agent. Wonder Girl bars her path and warns her that the Titans never kill. The two argue with one another, and the enraged Starfire flies off. Amidst the confusion, the H.I.V.E. agent escapes.
A short while later, the agent reports back to the H.I.V.E. citadel. The robed members of the inner circle admonish him for operating on his own without the support of the H.I.V.E. They pass judgment against him and summarily execute him. The agent's body is found the following day in New York with six bullet holes in his chest.
Appearing in "This Bunny Unbound!"
- Captain Carrot (Roger Rodney Rabbit) (First appearance)
- Alley-Kat-Abra (Felina Furr) (First appearance) (On a TV or computer screen)
- Fastback (Timmy Joe Terrapin) (First appearance) (On a TV or computer screen)
- Pig-Iron (Peter Porkchops) (First appearance as Pig-Iron) (On a TV or computer screen)
- Rubberduck (Byrd Rentals) (First appearance) (On a TV or computer screen)
- Yankee Poodle (Rova Barkitt) (First appearance) (On a TV or computer screen)
- Starro the Conqueror (Behind the scenes)
- Superman (Clark Kent of Earth-One)
- Residents of Gnu York
- Just'a Lotta Animals (First appearance) (in picture only)
- Pluto (Behind the scenes)
Synopsis for "This Bunny Unbound!"
Across the United States, strange occurrences take place involving otherwise normal human beings acting like animals. Clark Kent broadcasts a report on the phenomena, after which, he changes clothes to investigate the matter more deeply as Superman. He sees a strange beam of energy, visible only to his enhanced Kryptonian senses, strike a man, seemingly devolving him so that he begins scampering about the streets like an ape. He swoops down and pulls the man safely out of busy traffic, then flies off into the outer atmosphere to trace the origin of the energy beam. He surmises that the energy beam originated somewhere near the planet Pluto. What Superman finds though is a barrier of energy encircling the Earth. The closer he comes to it, the weaker he grows. He sees a meteor from outer space pierce the barrier and begin falling towards Earth. He catches the object and propels it back towards the barrier.
As he makes contact with the energy barrier, a loud "Pop" occurs and Superman finds himself dizzy and temporarily blinded. Blinking away the spots before his eyes, he begins falling back towards Earth. He soon realizes however that contact with the energy barrier somehow transported him to a parallel reality. He flies towards what he believes is the Daily Planet building, but quickly discovers that it is actually the office of a talking rabbit named Roger. Before Roger sees him, Superman changes into his civilian attire. Roger is at first frightened by the big "pink" man, but Clark manages to calm him down. He learns that this entire world is populated with sentient anthropomorphic beings, similar to animals found on Earth. While attempting to explain his situation, Roger goes to his window box and takes a carrot. He doesn't realize that the carrot is glowing with a mysterious energy. Superman scans the vegetable with his x-ray vision and sees that it has been affected by radiation from the shattered meteor particles. He snatches the carrot from Roger's hand and throws it away before he can eat any more. It is too late however. The glowing carrot alters Roger's physical body, giving him enhanced senses and super-strength. Donning a costume he had laying about from a previous costume party, he begins calling himself Captain Carrot.
Superman and Captain Carrot discover that violent riots are taking place at the nearby United Nature Building in Gnu York. The U.N. delegates have de-evolved and are behaving instinctively like their animal namesakes. Roger creates a super-thump with his giant foot, and succeeds in at least temporarily calming everybody down. Superman deduces that the meteor that he pushed through the energy barrier, shattered upon entering this parallel world, and that fragments of it have enhanced several other animal people across the country. His primary concern however is the devolution ray that has affected the members of the U.N. This ray is also responsible for devolving the people from Superman's home dimension. Superman flies off to investigate the origin of this mysterious ray beam, citing that the fate of two worlds hangs in the balance. Roger Rabbit takes a super-bunny leap behind him and shouts "You're not going anywhere without – Captain Carrot!"
- This book was first published on November 12, 1981.
- "Starfire Unleashed!" was reprinted in New Teen Titans Archives, Volume 2 and New Teen Titans Omnibus, Volume One.
- "This Bunny Unbound!" is a sixteen-page preview introducing Captain Carrot and his Amazing Zoo Crew. It continues in Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew #1.
- "This Bunny Unbound!" was reprinted in Captain Carrot and the Final Ark and Showcase Presents: Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew.
- Changeling does not appear in this issue.
- The H.I.V.E. agent's name, Willis Darrow, is only revealed on his obituary page at the end of this issue.
- The world of Captain Carrot is known as Earth-C, though it is not referred to as such in this issue.
- The comic book characters drawn by Roger Rabbit, Just'a Lotta Animals, are later revealed to really exist on Earth-C-Minus.
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Links and References
- Carrot-Colored Index entry for this issue
- New Teen Titans (Volume 1) series index at Comicbookdb.com
- New Teen Titans (Volume 1) series index at the Grand Comics Database