Mama Deb (mamadeb) wrote,
Mama Deb

Who is Donna Troy?

Yesterday, when I went back to the comic book store that is local to where I work, not to where I live to pick up the bank card I'd left there (prior to losing my nice umbrella, but that's okay, because I had a backup), I decided to make the trip more worthwhile by checking out the trade paperbacks.

And there it was - New Teen Titans. Who is Donna Troy?

80s comics - costumes are getting scanty but even Kory isn't overbalanced, and Victor is made to sound less educated than the others, and when it begins, Dick is Robin, and then he's in the Disco Nightwing outfit, and it takes a few pages to get used to the flat colors. Not to mention Joey's uniform.

But they're not using the hero names - they ARE Donna and Gar and Vic and Kory and Dick, even in costume. (Raven is just Raven anyway - and I still don't know why Kory would have a hero name. It's not like she can have a secret identity.)

This trade is about Donna Troy - first, the time before her wedding when Dick helped her find out who her biological and first adoptive parents were, then her wedding, then a new discovery of who she was because Donna was one of those most damaged by the Crisis on Infinite Worlds.

As in, in the original, Wonder Woman rescued her from a burning building, but that was no longer possible because Donna was with the Titans *before* Diana came to "Man's World." Uh. Yeah. See the problem? And they managed to barely make a convoluted story fit by giving her false memories of growing up on Themiscryra.

(Oh, sidenote - Wonder Girl (no name yet) appeared out of nowhere in 1965 to become one of the Teen Titans. There was no hint she existed until that story, and there she was just another daughter of Hippolyta, except she could fly. At that point, Wonder Woman could only catch air currents. She never was Diana's sidekick. I was somewhat surprised to learn this, since when she showed up in that story in my Teen Titans Showcase, it seemed like Robin, Aqualad and Kid Flash knew who she was.)

So. Convoluted story that ends with her changing her rather classic and elegant red jumpsuit for this ungapotchqed thing - fortunately she changed it again to an equally classic and elegant starfield jumpsuit that actually had a high neck.

And that leads me to my big shock - the wedding issue. It was mostly cute - teen-age Gar doing all the arrangements for this extravaganza of superheroes, friends, colleagues and family, the interactions between them all, even a visit from "Mom".

The shock was the clothes the bridal party, including the bride, wore. There it was - a huge panel of the women and girls getting ready - and it shows Kory *fully clothed.* By which I mean she wore, as they *all* did, a full-length, long-sleeved, high-necked dress. We saw face and hands (and that hair.) Even the times I've seen Kory in civies, she wasn't so modest. I was so shocked, it didn't register that this was true of even the bride (not to mention the Maid of Honor, but I have seen Diana fully covered before.)

My goodness, a bride with sleeves! With covered shoulders and back! I haven't seen that in anything but Orthodox weddings in years, whether in real life or fictional, let alone a comic book where most of the women wear, at best, glorified bathing suits. Except, of course, for Donna.

Oh. In character, then. Cool.
Tags: comics

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