Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Profile: Omen

Lilith Clay, Omen
First appearance: Teen Titans #25 Vol. 1, 1970

Current status: dead

Was subjected to the following act of discrimination: in Titans/Young Justice: Graduation Day in 2003, she was slain by a Superman robot along with Donna Troy. Two years later, Brother Blood tried to exploit hers and other dead Titans’ souls, for the purpose of getting Lilith to be his newest Mother Mayhem. After being thwarted, Lilith’s and the other dead Titans’ souls just returned to the afterlife.

What’s wrong with how this was done? This is symbolic of the unpleasant trend of late where, instead of trying to develop characters and breathing new life into them, the writers and editors can only think of killing them off. Just because Lilith Clay, until now, never really had an exact origin offered to her, doesn’t justify terminating her.

To make matters worse, DC Comics has been trying to sweep the whole case of Lilith under the rug since then, and when the third and current volume of TT premiered in 2003, she wasn’t even mentioned there, in contrast to Donna Troy, who was, and who’s since been revived. Lilith, on the other hand, still remains in the grave.


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