DC COMICS TURNED RAVEN INTO A VILLAIN
In ‘Future State: Shazam’ (2021) #2, Raven is revealed as DC Comics’ most powerful villain. Previously, the Teen Titans accidentally unleashed the Four Riders of the Apocalypse. Eventually, the Titans defeated them but at a cost.
Multiple Titans died and Raven was also a casualty. In order to defeat the Four Riders, Raven bound them to her Soul-Self. In order to protect her and Earth, Shazam shackled Raven in Hell. When Shazam left the Titan unguarded, she was freed from her prison. Sinisterly, Raven revealed herself as the Unkindness.
TO FIGHT TRIGON, RAVEN ASSEMBLED THE NEW TEEN TITANS
In ‘New Teen Titans’ (1980) #1, Raven assembles The New Teen Titans. Mystically, the sorceress has learnt of Trigon’s plan to invade the New Earth dimension. To this end, she assembles the disbanded Teen Titans into a new team. First, they must rescue the Tamaranian princess Koriand’r who has just escaped to Earth. Terribly, she was being shuttled into slavery by a Gordanian ship. Decisively, the super-powered team must stop a Gordanian invasion at the United Nations Plaza.
Heading to East Village, Raven finds Starfire injured and in bed. Carefully, the princess is being nursed by a man named Grant Wilson. However, she is soon abducted by Gordanian drones. So, the Titans must rescue the prisoner in space. Aboard the Gordanian scout ship Chrga, the Titans manage to free Koriand’r. Meanwhile, Cyborg rewires the engine systems to cause the ship to explode. Finally, the heroes escape unscathed. On Earth, Raven reveals to the New Teen Titans that their powers are needed for a mysterious mission.
SHOWDOWN ON THE JLA SATELLITE: THE NEW TEEN TITANS VS THE JUSTICE LEAGUE
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SENSING HER EVIL HERITAGE, ZATANNA ADVISED AGAINST RAVEN’S JLA MEMBERSHIP
In ‘New Teen Titans’ (1981) #4, Raven recruits powerful sorcerers to help her banish Trigon. Previously, the sorceress traveled to Azarath despite her exile. Desperately, she pled to her mother Arella to help against the demon Trigon. But, she was faced with rejection and banished from Azarath. Finally, she revealed to the New Teen Titans their mission: defeat the Justice League in order to stop Trigon. In reality, Raven was playing into Trigon’s scheme who was manipulating the Fearsome Five and the New Teen Titans.
Eventually, the Justice League was defeated and was put in time stasis. In space, our heroes witnessed the sorcerers’ ceremony. Unfortunately, Trigon freed the JLA with a cosmic bolt and the battle was renewed. Unable to complete the ritual, Trigon was freed to enter the New Earth dimension. After Trigon departed, Zatanna revealed Raven’s manipulation: the JLA rejected her membership when Zatanna sensed the evil in Raven. Furthermore, Raven used her emotion powers to manipulate Kid Flash into loving her. In the end, no longer believing Raven’s lies, the JLA and the New Teen Titans abandoned the witch.