- Dude, Batman sucks. You rock.
- -- Superboy
Appearing in "Superboy and the Legion (Part I)"
Synopsis for "Superboy and the Legion (Part I)"
Conner and Cassie are sitting in the Sea Lion Café talking about their families. Suddenly, Superboy's x-ray vision begins to go out of control. Before he can really think more upon it, a dimensional aperture opens up and sucks him inside of it. He returns a few seconds later, but now he appears to be slightly older and is wearing a Superman costume.
Superboy and Wonder Girl race back to Titans Tower. They burst inside the dining hall and begin to explain how much the future depends on them right now. But before Superboy can go any further, a futuristic villain called the Persuader arrives via a similar dimensional time portal. The Teen Titans attack the Persuader but he easily keeps them back with an energy axe. He taunts Superboy and dares him to follow him as he jumps back through the time portal.
Superboy hands the rest of the Titans seven Legion flight rings and tells them that they are now deputized members of the Legion of Super-Heroes. They jump through the time portal before it closes.
They arrive in the 31st century where they meet the Legion of Super-Heroes. Superboy has been working alongside them for five months now, but was forced to return to the past to get some help. They all fly towards Legion World, a planetary headquarters. Cosmic Boy explains that the Persuader has been using his atomic axe to slice into parallel dimensions. He has been recruiting dimensional counterpart members to form an extraordinary team of super-villains. When the Legion arrives on Legion World, they find that it is being devastated by the Fatal Five-Hundred!
Appearing in "Superboy and the Legion (Part II)"
- Legion of Super-Heroes (Final appearance)
- Titans Tomorrow (First appearance)
Synopsis for "Superboy and the Legion (Part II)"
The Teen Titans have joined their ally Superboy in the 31st century and now fight alongside the Legion of Super-Heroes to protect Legion World from the Fatal Five-Hundred. Persuader of the original Fatal Five has discovered that his atomic axe, known to cleave through any substance, can also cut through the cosmic barrier between parallel worlds. He has been recruiting the parallel counterparts to his teammates in the Fatal Five, and now commands hundreds of Emerald Emperesses, Manos, Tharoks and Validuses at his side.
The Titans and the Legion wage a brutal battle against their foes, but they are ruthlessly outnumbered. Raven uses her soul-self to transport everybody off the ruins of Legion World and back to Legion headquarters on Earth.
Brainiac 5 comes up with a plan to return all of the parallel duplicates back to their respective realities. By bouncing vibrational signals off of Legion headquarters and the remains of Legion World, they can reset the molecular frequencies of the Fatal Five-Hundred, returning them home. In order to generate enough vibrational power, Kid Flash and XS are required to run at top speed on the Cosmic Treadmill.
While Kid Flash and XS begin racing on the Treadmill, the Fatal Five-Hundred arrives and attacks Legion Headquarters. Brainiac, Gear and Invisible Kid keep an eye on the resonator, while the rest of the Legion and the Teen Titans battle the villains. As the speedsters reach maximum velocity, Brainiac activates the device. The vibrational frequencies begins to send the Fatal Five doppelgangers home, but the energy expulsion generated from the destruction of each of the Persuaders atomic axes is severing the Legion's connection to the space/time continnuum. Superboy grabs the Atomic Axe of the last remaining Persuader and encases it within his tactile telekinesis field. The Titans attempt to use the Atomic Axe as a beacon to send them back to their own timeline, but Persuader fights against them. A dimensional rift opens and the Titans are pulled into the timestream.
They arrive back on Earth in the 21st century. However, they are not in their correct timeline. It is the year 2014 and the Titans of this era are now the most powerful super-beings on Earth.
Appearing in "Titans Tomorrow (Part I) - Big Brothers and Sisters"
- Deathstroke (Titans Tomorrow timeline)
- Titans Tomorrow (First appearance)
- Harlequin (Duela Dent) (Titans Tomorrow timeline)
- James Gordon (Titans Tomorrow timeline)
- Renee Montoya (Titans Tomorrow timeline)
Synopsis for "Titans Tomorrow (Part I) - Big Brothers and Sisters"
Having just returned from an adventure in the 31st century, the Teen Titans find that they have landed on Earth from ten years into their own future. In this future timeline, Rene Montoya is now the police Commissioner of Gotham City, although retired commissioner James Gordon still assists on occasion. Bruce Wayne is no longer Batman, having been replaced by Tim Drake. Tim has a different outlook on the roll as his predecessor - even to the point of using a gun to assasinate super-villains such as Duela Dent, the reputed daughter of the Joker.
The Teen Titans meet their future counterparts who have now assumed the roles of Batman, Superman, Dark Raven, Wonder Woman, Flash and a new member named Aquawoman. The Titans agree to help the Teen Titans return to their normal timeline. They invite them to spend the evening in Titan's Tower. But when the Teen Titans don't know is that the older Titans have Deathstroke the Terminator captured down in their basement. Superman has just sheared off Deathstroke's right arm with his heat vision.
Appearing in "Titans Tomorrow (Part II) - Tales of the Titans"
- Titans East (First appearance) (Titans Tomorrow timeline)
- Deathstroke (Titans Tomorrow timeline)
Synopsis for "Titans Tomorrow (Part II) - Tales of the Titans"
Superboy sneaks into the headquarters of the adult Titans and discovers them torturing Deathstroke. Superman sears his arm off with his heat vision. Rushing back to their rooms at Titans Tower, he tells the rest of the Teen Titans that the Titans are a bunch of super-villains.
Deathstroke miraculously escapes and goes into the hanger bay where he finds the Teen Titans. They briefly fight one another until the Titans show up to finish him off. Superman tries to kill Deathstroke with his heat vision. The Teen Titans scoop Deathstroke up and escape from the tower. Dark Raven sends her soul self after them, but she is only able to retrieve Robin.
The remaining Teen Titans go to Keystone City. Bart wants to visit the Flash Museum in the hopes of finding an operative cosmic treadmill. They discover that the entire state has been turned into a Flash Museum.
Batman takes Robin back to the Bat-cave. Tim asks his older self why he became such a cold-blooded murderer. Batman tells him that it began with a "crisis" wherein Duella Dent went on a city-wide rampage. Bruce Wayne and Alfred Pennyworth became victims of her bloodlust. After that, Tim inherited the mantle of the bat. Changing his moral code, he sought out and murdered many of Batman's most infamous foes including the Scarecrow, Joker and the Penguin. Batman and Robin begin fighting one another, but Tim simply doesn't have the strength or experience to conquer his older self.
Back in Keystone City, the rest of the Teen Titans fail in their quest to find a cosmic treadmill. Instead, what they find is the active super-human resistance cell – Titans East! Its roster consists of Cyborg, Ravager, Bumblebee, Terra, Captain Marvel Jr., and Flamebird.
Appearing in "Titans Tomorrow (Part III) - East Meets West"
- Titans East (Titans Tomorrow timeline)
- Lex Luthor (First appearance) (Titans Tomorrow timeline)
Synopsis for "Titans Tomorrow (Part III) - East Meets West"
Ten years from now
The Teen Titans meet with the Titans East gang. They regroup at the New York Titans Tower and discuss a battle strategy. But there is little time to prepare as the west coast Titans arrive ready to fight. All Hell breaks loose and heroes fight up against villains. Superboy eventually discovers where an operative cosmic treadmill exists – the Batcave!
Back in Gotham City, Robin continues to fight Batman. He discovers that his older self is now using a gun - but not just any gun. This is the same gun that murdered Thomas and Martha Wayne. Robin finally gets the upper hand against Batman and the rest of the Titans arrive to give him back-up.
At one point, Kid Flash states that when they get back to their correct time, the Titans should disband in order to prevent this future reality from ever occurring, but the older Cyborg warns him not to do that. The break-up of the Titans is what eventually leads to this current timeline.
Both Flash (Bart) and Kid Flash race upon the cosmic treadmill. All of the Teen Titans are sent back to their normal time period. But the shadow of their own future hangs over them.
Ten years after the fact, Superman (Conner) returns to Smallville to seek parental advice from his father – Lex Luthor!
Appearing in "Hiding"
- Benny (Single appearance)
- Trey (Single appearance)
Synopsis for "Hiding"
One week ago
Starfire reflects on things that she has learned during her time travel trip into the future. She believes that it would be in everyone's best interests if she took a leave of absence from the Titans. Saying goodbye to Cyborg, she flies off towards the headquarters of the Outsiders to mend her ties with ex-fiancée, Nightwing.
Lex Luthor hires the Electrocutioner to retrieve the missing Lexcorp war-suit that had been stolen from him some time ago. Electrocutioner stops at St. John's hospital in Opal City. He visits Bolt, who was the first man hired to retrieve the suit. Squeezing the information he needs from the injured criminal, the Electrocutioner plans on succeeding where Bolt has failed.
The Teen Titans receive word that the Electrocutioner is active and trying to steal the suit. They fly out to Opal City and begin tracking him down. Robin has yet to tell his teammates how the villain known as Boomerang had recently murdered his father.
Electrocutioner acquires the war-suit, but seconds later, Warp teleports in and steals it from him. The Titans are too late to take care of Warp so they settle on bringing down Electrocutioner. The Electrocutioner makes some smarmy comments to Robin that hits a little too close to home. Robin goes nuts and begins savagely beating on Electrocutioner. After the villain falls over unconscious, Cyborg has to hold Robin back. He breaks down and tells his teammates about the death of his father.
Some time later, Green Arrow is on his way to check out the Teen Titans when Dr. Light appears and attacks him.
Appearing in "Lights Out (Part I) - The New Kid"
- Aquagirl (Lorena Marquez)
- Black Canary (Dinah Laurel Lance)
- Elongated Man
- Flash (Wally West)
- Green Arrow (Ollie Queen)
- Huntress (Helena Bertinelli)
- Ray (Ray Terrill)
Synopsis for "Lights Out (Part I) - The New Kid"
Speedy returns to Titans Tower for her first full training session with the rest of the team. She uses a cryo-arrow and fires it into Cyborg, temporarily shorting out his systems. She apologizes profusely for the deed, but Cyborg isn't very concerned about it. Speedy is nearly ready to reveal the fact that she is HIV positive, but something comes up.
Dr. Light has taken control of the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia and is holding hostages. A video image detailing the event shows that he has already defeated Green Arrow. Dr. Light, desperate to be taken seriously as a villain once again, demands a final rematch between himself and the Teen Titans – only the Teen Titans.
The Titans get in touch with the Outsiders and the JLA to see if any former members wish to help out. The Flash warns the Titans that Dr. Light is different now, and he is to be taken seriously. But the Titans still remember him as being the incompetent goofball villain who routinely had his butt kicked whenever the Titans were around. The Titans arrive in Philadelphia, and Dr. Light steps out emitting a wide, blinding flash of light.
Appearing in "Lights Out (Part II) - War and Peace"
Synopsis for "Lights Out (Part II) - War and Peace"
The Teen Titans have converged on the steps of the Philadelphia Institute where Dr. Light has defeated Green Arrow and issued an open challenge to them. Almost immediately he cuts loose with a blinding burst of light that keeps the Titans at bay.
Now that he is unfettered by the magic that kept him addle-brained for so many years, Dr. Light can use his powers towards their full extent. He can even siphon away Superboy's heat vision and repel the mystical light that coats Wonder Girl's lasso. He then fires a bolt of light into Kid Flash’s weak knee crippling him. Raven tries to attack him, but Dr. Light's internal hate is too much for her to handle at once.
Suddenly, Hawk and Dove appear on the scene. But this is a new Hawk – Holly, Dawn Granger's sister who was raised in England. Hawk and Dove attack Dr. Light but he repels them as easily as he did the other Titans.
Suddenly, the Teen Titan reserves show up to lend a hand – all of them.
Appearing in "Lights Out (Part III) - Secrets and Lies"
Synopsis for "Lights Out (Part III) - Secrets and Lies"
The largest assemblage of Titans ever, past and present, converges on Dr. Light's location. Dr. Light is a lot more aggressive than he used to be and he spares no expense at delivering the most lethal light blasts possible. One by one, the Titans take turns at bringing him down, but Light easily bats them by the wayside.
As many of the others are reeling from the effects of one of Dr. Light's larger blasts, Cyborg enters the fray. He has installed light-defense circuitry into his armor and is strong enough to take Light on, one-on-one. Dr. Light punches a whole through Cyborg's systems but Starfire gives him backup and finishes Light off.
Batman and Batgirl arrive shortly after the fight to take Dr. Light to Belle Reve. As they board him aboard a helicopter, it is revealed that this is not truly Batman and Batgirl. It is Deathstroke and Ravager in disguise.
Back at Titans HQ, the Titans discuss rumors surrounding the fact that the old Justice League brainwashed Dr. Light and that he is only now returning to his normal psychotic personality. They decide as a team, that there is no room for secrets among them. Mia decides that this is the perfect opportunity to tell the group that she is HIV positive. Surprisingly, she is not ostracized as she had expected to be. Everyone welcomes her as a permanent member of the Titans.
- This trade paperback reprints the Teen Titans/Legion Special and the following issues of Teen Titans (Volume 3):
- A sequel to "The Future is Now" titled "The Titans of Tomorrow... Today!" is published in Teen Titans (Volume 3) #51, #52, #53 and #54.
- Teen Titans image gallery
- Teen Titans Roster
- Teen Titans Rogues Gallery
- Beast Boy appearances list
- Cyborg appearances list
- Kid Flash appearances list
- Raven appearances list
- Robin appearances list
- Starfire appearances list
- Superboy appearances list
- Wonder Girl appearances list
- Write your own review of this comic!
- Discuss Teen Titans (Collections) Vol 3 4 on the forums
- Cover gallery for the Teen Titans (Collections) series
- Adventure Comics (Volume 1)
- Adventure Comics (Volume 2)
- Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds
- Legion Lost (Volume 1)
- Legion Lost (Volume 2)
- Legion of Super-Heroes (Volume 1)
- Legion of Super-Heroes (Volume 2)
- Legion of Super-Heroes (Volume 3)
- Legion of Super-Heroes (Volume 4)
- Legion of Super-Heroes (Volume 5)
- Legion of Super-Heroes (Volume 6)
- Legion of Super-Heroes (Volume 7)
- Legion Worlds (Volume 1)
- Legionnaires (Volume 1)
- Superboy (Volume 1)
- Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes
- Supergirl and the Legion of Super-Heroes
- The Legion (Volume 1)
Links and References
- Teen Titans (Volume 3) index at the Unofficial Guide to the DC Universe
- Teen Titans article at Wikipedia
- Teen Titans (animated series) index at TV.com
- Titans Tower
- Legion of Super-Heroes at Wikipedia.org
- Legion of Super-Heroes Wiki
- Legion of Super-Heroes Online Companion
- Legion of Super-Heroes Reference File
- Major Spoiler's Hero History Collection
- Legion of Super-Heroes Clubhouse
- Legion of Super-Heroes index at Cosmic Teams
- Legion of Super-Heroes at TV Tropes
- Legion of Super-Links