You’re reading The Complete Infinite Crisis, a Comprehensive and Encyclopedic look through the universe-changing superhero event published by DC from 2005 to 2006. Shelfdust are proud to provide a complete overview of the story, and everything that happens in it. We’ve had to get some experts in though – there’s so much going on that needs to be explained!

We’re back in the thicc of it, having just spent some time with Nightwing. But there are other teen heroes showing up in the series, and they need explaining too! This should be a nice quick explanation here, Osvaldo Oyola, but: can you give us an overview of this “Donna Troy” character please?

Somebody appears on this page called “Donna”. Who is she?

Osvaldo Oyola: Funny you should ask, because one of my favorite issues of New Teen Titans is entitled “Who is Donna Troy?” (New Teen Titans #38 [January 1984]) and the answer is: it’s kinda complicated. She is an orphan whose parents were killed in an apartment fire from which Wonder Woman rescued her (or did she?), brought her to Paradise Island to be raised by the Amazons after the infamous purple ray was used to give her powers. It later turns out that the people in the fire were not her parents, but part of a child-abduction ring who got their hands on her after her first adoptive mother was forced to give her up for re-adoption after becoming destitute in the wake of her husband’s death.

Later, with Robin’s help, Donna is reunited with her first adoptive mom and her new husband – and even finds out who her birth-mother is (who had been dying of cancer, thus why she gave her up to begin with). She was then able to visit her grave. As for her last name, well, she adopted that in 1969 when the rest of the Teen Titans found her squatting in their HQ and forced to get her own place, a roommate, and thus her first secret identity.

Kinda complicated, you say?

Oyola: The short answer is that Bob Haney didn’t realize or care that “Wonder Girl” was not a Wonder Woman legacy character or sidekick, but Wonder Woman herself during her young adventures, when he added her as a separate character to the roster of the Teen Titans. Oops! They wouldn’t get to her origin until the 1969 issue mentioned above when Marv Wolfman decided to fix it (he’d also write the convoluted 80s version).

What’s her life like? What kind of a character is she, and who are her friends and allies?

Oyola: An original and New Teen Titan, often serving as the team’s tough love grief counselor and more than once she has strangled a cat while “hypnotized.” She is Hippolyta’s foster child and is married to her much older college English professor (who is drawn like a Marv Wolfman stand-in). Yuck. Eventually she has to give up her powers because her future child is gonna be evil or something but that was after my time. If my life were as tragic as hers, I’d try to shut down my feelings and just “get over it,” too – not unlike she frequently counsels her friends to do.

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That’s Donna Troy explained! Thanks Osvaldo! That sure is… everything I need explaining… about Donna Troy…

 

Osvaldo posts his thoughts (and those of guest writers) on popular culture, race, and gender on The Middle Spaces, focusing on popular music and comic books. You can find him on Twitter here!