Lilith Clay

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Lilith Clay
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Lilith Clay
Art by George Pérez
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Teen Titans #25 (January/February 1970)
Created by Robert Kanigher
In-story information
Alter ego Lilith Clay
Team affiliations Teen Titans
Black Lantern Corps
Notable aliases Omen
Abilities Several mental abilities, including precognition, limited telepathy and teleportation.

Lilith Clay is a young superheroine who occasionally appears in DC Comic's Teen Titans titles.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Pre-Crisis[edit]

Originally living in peace at home, Lilith started to manifest strange mental powers at the age of 13. She read her parents' minds to find she was adopted, then left home to try to find her birth parents. After some trouble, she ended up working as a dancer at the Canary Cottage disco. During this time, she encountered Loren Jupiter, and began to aid him in his cause.[1]

Soon, Lilith approached the Teen Titans and asked to join. She saw premonitions involving a political figure, who inevitably died, proving her power. She then became a member of the Teen Titans.

Eventually, she left the team and resettled on the West Coast, where she started a new branch of the Titans (known as Titans West). She briefly dated one of her team members, Don Hall (Dove) before leaving him to begin a relationship with the caveman Gnarrk.

Prior to the disbanding of the original Teen Titans and their Titans West counterpart group, Lilith revealed that she had a vision of her teammate Donna Troy (Wonder Girl) marrying a red headed man, who is horrifically murdered along with their child. At the time, Donna was dating her teammate (and red head) Roy Harper. Fearing Lilith's prophecy, Donna broke up with Roy.

Lilith rejoined the team following a reunion with her teammates for the wedding of Donna Troy and Terry Long (who Lilith's prophecy ended up actually referencing to). She mentioned that something terrible had happened to Gnarrk, who was not with her at the wedding but would not elaborate. She soon began to be stalked by a mysterious winged creature called Azreal, who sought to make her his mate. However, after nearly being killed by her teammate Changling (who was impersonating Deathstroke the Terminator, in a bid to get him acquitted at trial so he could murder him afterword). Furious at what Changling did, Lilith resigned from the Titans.

During the Terror of Trigon storyline (New Teen Titans, Vol. 2 #1-6), Lilith returned the team as she had become secretly possessed by Azar and sought to get the Titans to help tracking down Raven, who had gone missing. During this adventure, the possessed Lilith arranged the merger of the souls of the residents of Azarath in a successful attempt to cleanse Raven of evil.

Lilith rejoined the team following this adventure, but after being attacked by Azreal again, Lilith began manifesting flame-like powers to fight off her stalker. This was enough to alert Lilith's real mother, the mad Titan Thia, of her daughter's location. Thia kidnapped Lilith and revealed the truth about her past: Thia had escaped the hellish prison of the Titans of Myth and began wandering the Earth, seducing and murdering wealthy and powerful men in order to gain their wealth and power, as well as spawn an army of children to do her bidding. Lilith's father was the owner of Sun Publishing, a publication company Thia coveted. On their wedding night, after impregnating Thia was burned alive by his bride. Left to a nurse to raise while she ran her new company, Lilith was abducted by said nurse for unknown reasons.

The Titans, along with the Amazons, Greek Gods, and the other Titans of Myth, freed Lilith and defeated Thia, who had launched a brutal assault on Olympus and those who followed the Greek Gods. During the battle, Thia's one time husband Hyperion sacrificed his life to kill Thia. Afterwords, Lilith was offered demi-God status by Zeus and a place on Olympus, which she accepted.

Post-Crisis[edit]

After the Crisis on Infinite Earths, Lilith was not heard from for a time; however, the mythological Titans (including Thia) showed up in New Titans # 50-54 as a benevolent pantheon and adoptive parents of Donna Troy. This storyline effectively negated Lilith's origin.[2] Lilith's first post-crisis appearance was a flashback story published in New Titans #56 which detailed the original Titans first encounter with Gnarrk. Her first proper appearance was in the War of the Gods storyline, allying with the Titans and providing help for them during the crossover.

Omen[edit]

The character would disappear again until 1996, with the launch of the Dan Jurgens Teen Titans. At the start of the series, Jurgens had a masked figure named Omen gather the team for Mr Jupiter, who once again was financially backing the Teen Titans. The character was originally intended to be Raven, but an embargo was placed upon the cast of the New Teen Titans appearing in the title, by editorial. As such, Lilith was substituted as the secret identity of Omen.

In Teen Titans #12-15, Lilith is unmasked as Omen after being captured by the super-villain Haze. During the story, Lilith summons both the founding Titans (sans Donna Troy, who was imprisoned by Dark Angel at the time) and the Jurgens Titans to rescue her. The original Titans recognized Haze as a villain they fought once before in the past, but when Haze unmasked Omen before the two teams and shattered the illusion spell Omen used to hide her identity, she was revealed as Lilith.

Lilith was revealed to be Mr Jupiter's illegitimate daughter and Haze, Mr Jupiter's son from a previous marriage. Mr Jupiter had left his first wife and his son for Lilith's unnamed mom, before abandoning both his mistress and his daughter. Haze blamed Lilith for his father abandoning him and his mother to poverty, and sought to use her as a pawn to destroy their father and the Titans.

Haze was defeated and Lilith remained with the group for the rest of its run. As Omen, Lilith now possessed telekinetic power and illusion casting powers. It was also established that, like her brother, Lilith suffers from mental illness: due to her not being able to tune out other peoples thoughts, Lilith periodically suffers from episodes of amnesia and disassociation from her sense of self.

She aided the Titans in protecting former team-mate Cyborg's soul from the Justice League in JLA/Titans #1-3: The Technis Imperative. Shortly after that, Lilith was abducted by Vandal Savage, who wanted her to divine a perfect team to take down the Titans. Savage forced Lilith to submit, but she purposely chose members who wouldn't work well as a team. She was rescued by the reformed Titans.[3]

Lilith stood with her old friends when a mysterious corporation called Optitron approached the Titans and Young Justice with an offer to fund the two groups. Before they could discuss the offer, the teams were attacked by an android from the future called Indigo. The malfunctioning robot accidentally activated a Superman android believed to be long destroyed. The rampaging Superman Android managed to both snap Lilith's neck and pierce Donna Troy's heart, killing both beloved Titans. This tragedy, told in Titans/Young Justice: Graduation Day #1-3, led team leader Nightwing to disband the two groups (though they would be reformed shortly thereafter as the Outsiders and the latest incarnation of the Teen Titans).

Lilith appeared in Teen Titans (vol. 3) #30, as her soul was resurrected by the newest Brother Blood as the latest in his doomed line of mother-figures.[4] Despite the request of Speedy, Kid Eternity did not allow her to stay among the living.[5]

A statue of Lilith is in the Memorial of the Titans Tower in San Francisco.[6]

In Blackest Night: Titans crossover, Lilith was reanimated as a member of the Black Lantern Corps, ready to attack the Titans.[7] However, her body is soon destroyed by a burst of white light emanating from Dawn Granger.[8]

Lilith was recently seen in a flashback of Donna Troy's. During their early years, Donna and Roy Harper were dating, and apparently Roy had intended to propose to Donna. However, Lilith informed Donna of a prophecy in which a red haired man who loved Donna and became her husband would die. Thinking the prophecy meant Roy, Donna rejected the proposal. Lilith's prophecy however turned out to be true in regards to Donna's now deceased husband Terry.

The New 52[edit]

A passing reference to Lilith was made in Red Hood and the outlaws along with Cyborg, Garth a.k.a. Aqualad, Richard, Garfield and a new unseen character named Dustin, as previous super-hero companions that Starfire seemingly no longer remembers.[9]

Lilith later appears in Titans Hunt #1, as a drug counselor who has been secretly keeping tabs on Roy Harper, Donna Troy, Dick Grayson, Mal Duncan and his wife Karen Beecher, Hank Hall, and the caveman hero Gnarrk. It is revealed that along with Lilith, the heroes were the original Teen Titans. The group fell victim to the villain Mr Twister, who ensnarled them into an occult ritual that threatened the world. The only way to stop the ritual involved erasing all memories the group had of their existence and of each other, which was performed by Lilith. When Mr Twister resurfaced and restored their memories, Lilith began attempting to gather the Titans together to stop their enemy once and for all. [10]

New 52 Omen[edit]

Between her being mentioned in Red Hood and the Outlaws #1 and Titans Hunt #1, DC introduced a character named Omen that while never referred to as Lilith, was created as her New 52 counterpart. Omen was a telepath that worked for Harvest and N.O.W.H.E.R.E. and in particular, the bloodsport event known as "the Culling"; where teen captives of N.O.W.H.E.R.E. were forced to fight to the death.

Omen was blond and had her eyes sewn shut; she could create illusions with her psychic powers and control peoples thoughts. This made her a valuable member of N.O.W.H.E.R.E., as she enforced Harvest's will amongst his henchmen and prisoners.

With Titans Hunt restoring the original version of the character, the New 52 Omen is now a separate character from Lilith.

DC Rebirth[edit]

Lilith Clay goes by the name Omen in the DC Rebirth comics. She is currently in the team called Titans, which is composed of former Teen Titans members who are now grown up with Nightwing, Donna Troy, Arsenal, Tempest, and the Wally West version of Flash.

Powers[edit]

Lilith Clay's powers have not been entirely explored in the comics due to the heightened nature of her powers as Omen. It is understood that she has certain mental abilities, such as telepathy, death sense, and precognition. As Omen, she was able to tap into certain divine, or mystical, powers. She is specifically shown to use pyrokinesis, teleport, and maintain complex illusions.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Teen Titans #25
  2. ^ New Titans # 50-54
  3. ^ Titans #14
  4. ^ Teen Titans #29
  5. ^ Teen Titans #31
  6. ^ Teen Titans #3
  7. ^ Blackest Night: Titans #1
  8. ^ Blackest Night: Titans #3
  9. ^ Red Hood and the Outlaws Vol.1 #1
  10. ^ Titans Hunt #1-6

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