Spoilers ahead for today's Titans Hunt #1.
There’s a mystery afoot for the Teen Titans – no, not the ones that currently occupy the title, but the original Teen Titans as seen in this week's new Titans Hunt series. Roy Harper, Dick Grayson, Garth of Atlantis, and Donna Troy share a secret past, one tied to the Titans’ history that was seemingly erased in the post-Flashpoint DC Universe. Now, in the wake of Convergence, that history is back on the table.
Titans Hunt #1 opens on a clearly troubled Roy Harper – nothing new for the former Speedy – as he stumbles through a small town looking to score some whiskey. As an oddly-shaped water tower catches his eye, Roy has a vague memory of a T-Shaped tower that once meant something to him. Roy then encounters Gnarrk, a fellow ex-Titan, who is working at a liquor store.
These brief flashes of memory – and strange encounters between former Titans – are the only hints Titans Hunt gives at the larger mystery that will reunite the original Titans. As the story moves on, we also see Dick Grayson encounter a decidedly predatorial Garth while attempting to break up a metahuman organ smuggling ring. Dick and Garth fight, leaving Dick’s mission a partial failure. There is no hint of recognition between the former teammates. It’s after Dick’s encounter with Garth that Lilith, another former Titan, appears to Dick warning him that he “should have talked to Garth,” and entreating him to reunite the team – despite the lack of recognition and the years of separation between them. She warns that someone is watching.
Meanwhile, we’re also given glimpses of Donna Troy, who explores a wrecked fishing hut, and Mal Duncan, who hallucinates while receiving a film award from Buddy Baker, A.K.A. Animal Man.
Finally, it’s revealed that Lilith is Roy’s addiction counselor, whom he calls after falling off the wagon. Troubled by their conversation, Lilith returns to her office where she opens a drawer containing files on all the former Titans, including Dick, Garth, Donna, Gnarrk (for some reason referred to as Caveboy), Mal Duncan, and Hawk and Dove. It seems Lilith is the only one who remembers their history as a team.
While there are few spoilers about exactly what’s going on with the former Titans, there are a few things worth noting. Of the original team, only Wally West is completely absent. It’s likely that his "New 52" origins are too far from his previous character to be included, but could later issues could still possibly bring him into the fold.
Further, there's no connection yet made between the Titans of old, and the Titans we know now. We also aren’t given any glimpse or connection to the “New Teen Titans,” Beast Boy, Raven, Cyborg, or Starfire – curious, as we know that Starfire at least has some history with Dick Grayson and Roy Harper.
There are a few clues about the connection between the characters and a possible foe from their past. Mal has a vision of a twisting staircase; Roy is confused after encountering a cyclone; Dick Grayson is similarly confused by a whirlpool; and Lillith looks at a couple kids playing the game Twister and is reminded of something. (Teen Titans historians might suspect where this is pointing, since the very first Titans foe in old continuity had the word "twister" in his name.)
That said, the "twister" references don't tell readers who or what this mysterious watcher of the original Titans is, or what they want. But Lilith seems to be the crux of the mystery, as her psychic powers may have either prevented her from suffering the forgetfulness of her former teammates – or caused it.
Titans Hunt #2 hits shelves November 18.