"Soul Searching": It has been one month since Superboy suffered under the brainwashing of Lex Luthor. Since that time, he has taken leave of the Teen Titans and placed himself into secret quarantine at the Kent farm. Currently he wanders the wheat f
- Conner Kent. Kon-El. Superboy. I don't deserve to be called any of them.
- -- Kon-El
Appearing in "Soul Searching"
- Lex Luthor (Flashback only)
- Paul Westfield (Flashback only)
- Superman (Titans Tomorrow) (Flashback only)
- Gotham City (Flashback only)
- Metropolis (Flashback only)
Synopsis for "Soul Searching"
It has been one month since Superboy suffered under the brainwashing of Lex Luthor. Since that time, he has taken leave of the Teen Titans and placed himself into secret quarantine at the Kent farm. Currently he wanders the wheat fields reflecting on all of the terrible deeds he committed while under Luthor's control.
Raven arrives and suddenly engulfs Superboy inside of her soul self. His mind is cast backwards towards the day he first emerged from the cloning tanks at Project Cadmus. He then envisions himself in the Batcave consulting with Superman and Batman. He further reflects on the older version of himself that he encountered while traveling ten years into the future.
After a seeming eternity, he emerges from Raven's soul self. She recalls when Superboy asked her if he had a soul. Raven tells him that he does indeed have a soul, and that it is young, new and growing. She asks him to come back to the Titans in San Francisco, but Superboy tells her that he is not yet ready.
Meanwhile, in a nether-dimension, Brother Blood prepares to return to Earth and reclaim Raven in the name of the Church of Blood.
- This book was first published on July 20, 2005.
- This issue is reprinted in the Teen Titans/Outsiders: The Insiders trade paperback, except for the two pages focusing on Brother Blood.
- This issue establishes that Lex Luthor's father's name is Lionel. Lionel is also the name of Lex's father on the WB television series, Smallville.
- The cover to this issue features Superboy in all of the various costumes he has worn since his first appearance.
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Links and References
- Titans Tower Complete Guide
- Teen Titans at Wikipedia.org
- Teen Titans at Hyperborea
- Teen Titans at Toonopedia
- Teen Titans tribute by Marv Wolfman
- Titans Teen Titans at Arkhampedia
- Teen Titans #20 entry at the Grand Comics Database
- Teen Titans #20 entry at the Unofficial Guide to the DC Universe
- Teen Titans (Volume 3) index at the Unofficial Guide to the DC Universe