Forming the Teen Titans (DC COMICS PRESENTS #26, THE NEW TEEN TITANS #1-31 1980-1983)
Raven was instrumental in the revival of the Teen Titans as a Super Hero team. When she learned through a vision that Trigon planned to invade and destroy Azarath, she traveled to Earth in search of heroes to help stop her father. Her first choice, for obvious reasons, was the Justice League. But Zatanna Zatara sensed her demonic ancestry immediately and raised suspicion about her motives. Desperate and with nowhere left to turn, Raven reached out to the former members of the Teen Titans and urged them to reform their group (NEW TEEN TITANS #1, 1980).
Even with the team working as a unit, Raven remained at arm’s length. She periodically returned to Azarath in secret to attempt to gather any intelligence about Trigon’s plans. Her success, however, was middling, and she was unable to keep her secret for long. Eventually the threat of Trigon would force Raven to confess her motivation in bringing the Titans together. Despite the confession and resulting feelings of betrayal, the team stuck together to face off against Trigon (NEW TEEN TITANS #4, 1981).
After Trigon was dealt with, Raven withdrew from the team’s spotlight. Even with her father out of the picture, she feared for her control—a fear that would prove legitimate in NEW TEEN TITANS#30 and #31 (1983), after she was kidnapped in a plot by the Brotherhood of Evil, prompting her demonic blood to take control.
A Downward Spiral (NEW TEEN TITANS 1984-1990)
In 1984 the second iteration of NEW TEEN TITANS was launched, with a story arc, “Terror of Trigon,” that once again subjected Raven to the horrors of her father. Later, the continuity-shifting CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS (1985-1986) would find the Titans in even more chaotic shape, and Raven nowhere to be found.
It wasn’t until her mother, Arella, stepped in that Raven was recovered after the Crisis. In a weakened and vulnerable state, Raven had been kidnapped by the cult of Brother Blood and brainwashed into helping resurrect Trigon. Arella and Nightwing were both kidnapped in the process of trying to rescue her. But the rest of the Titans stopped Blood’s plans to resurrect the demon lord (NEW TEEN TITANS #27-31, 1987).
Trigon’s defeat gave Raven a new lease on life. She experimented with real, unfiltered emotions for the first time (NEW TEEN TITANS #39, 1988). But the tranquility was short-lived. In NEW TITANS #71 (1990), the “Titans Hunt” storyline began, resulting in Raven being kidnapped yet again; this time by the Wildebeest Society, possessed by lost souls from Azarath and hell-bent on resurrecting Trigon.
The fight was brutal and costly. It left Raven’s natural body corrupted and possessed by an evil alter ego and her “good” self trapped in spirit form. This “good” Raven would occasionally intervene in the machinations of the physical world, but was largely separated from her friends and comrades.
Raven, Reborn (TEEN TITANS 2003-2011, TITANS 2008-2011)
It was through another plot of Brother Blood and his cult that Raven was forced to regain corporeal form. Resurrected but implanted into a considerably younger human body, Raven was given a secret identity for the first time—the human alias Rachel Roth—and rejoined the newly reformed Teen Titans. Yet a lot had happened since Raven had been disembodied, and this team was not the group she’d worked so closely with before. Instead, it consisted of a younger generation of sidekicks who’d stepped up in the time she had been away.
But there were still some familiar faces around. Her old friends Cyborg, Starfire and Beast Boy had remained with the new team to act as mentors, and were able to help Raven gain a foothold in the new status quo. She remained with this incarnation of the team for several years, until the events of INFINITE CRISIS (2005-2006) pushed her to leave temporarily and attempt to live a normal life as a teen—a story told retroactively in the limited series RAVEN (2016-2017).
This attempt at normalcy was disrupted by Trigon yet again—or rather, by Trigon’s other children. The appearance of her demonic half-brothers forced Raven to band together with her former New Teen Titans cohorts Nightwing, Donna Troy, Starfire, Beast Boy and Cyborg to avert catastrophe.
The original Titans’ reunion proved short-lived. After the disastrous events of JUSTICE LEAGUE: CRY FOR JUSTICE (2009-2010), which left Donna Troy gravely injured and ex-Titan Roy Harper’s adolescent daughter Lian dead, Raven left the adult Titans to rejoin the Teen Titans once more.
The New 52 (2011-2016)
Raven’s status quo was only partially reconfigured after the continuity-rebooting events of FLASHPOINT (2011). She was reintroduced as the daughter of Trigon, captured by the Phantom Stranger and turned over to her father to be raised as his “Black Bird of Terror.”
Later, Raven confronted the Teen Titans as an adversary (TEEN TITANS #16, 2013), but wound up betraying her father and joining the team as a hero. She remained with them until a devastating encounter with the villain Harvest forced the group to disband prior to DC UNIVERSE REBIRTH #1.
The events of Rebirth would prompt Damian Wayne, the fourth Robin, to reform the Teen Titans. Raven was among the first Super Heroes Damian recruited, after he found her trying again to live her life as a normal teenager, with lukewarm results.
Under Damian’s hypercritical eye, Raven reconnected with Beast Boy and Starfire, alongside the new Kid Flash and Aqualad, as the Teen Titans started fresh in a reborn DC universe.