The Xenobrood are alien workers who were brought to earth as crystals millennia
ago by the Vimanians, an alien race that wished to strip mine the earth. The
Xenobrood were never "processed" and remained crystals until they were found
by Dr. Zecharia Leight on an archaeological dig. He and his ex wife Lorna processed
them and in doing so became their masters.
This team only appeared in their own series. This was a creator-owned project,
so they cannot appear in the DC Universe without Moench's approval.
The Young Heroes were called together by Hard Drive, who used his telepathic
powers, in part, to coerce them. He also funded and housed the team. His partner
in "crime" was Monstergirl, who had an agenda of her own. During
the Genesis event, Hard Drive's powers overloaded, and he was forced to publicly
use his powers of persuasion against Kalibak. (YHIL #5)
He again used his powers to gloss over this fact. Love triangles abounded among
the Young Heroes and the relationships changed with every issue. Their personal
lives were not revealed until issue #7. The team finally came to blows with
Hard Drive, sent him away and tried to come to terms with his coercion. (#12-13)
In the end, Hard Drive was elected governor of Connecticut. Frost Bite
was shown to be still alive in the 853rd century. (YHIL
» FIRST APPEARANCE: Young
Heroes In Love #1 (June 1997)
» SERIES: Young
Heroes In Love, 17 issues (1997-98)
Active in adventuring; last appeared Wonder Woman #175
Off-Ramp (George Sloan)
Active in adventuring
Thunderhead II (Scott Tucker)
Active in adventuring
Zip Kid (Stacey Taglia)
Young Heroes in Love#4
Active in adventuring
Created by Peter David and Todd Nauck
Young Justice was founded by Robin, Superboy and Impulse in response
to a global crisis created by the boy-villain, Bedlam. (Earth's teens were stranded
apart from all the grown-ups by Bedlam's magic.) Following this caper, the trio
officially formed their own group, which remained unnamed for a bit. Soon, they
adopted the name Young Justice and established their headquarters in
the Justice League's former Secret Sanctuary (now the Justice Cave) in
Happy Harbor, Rhode Island. There, they awakened the dormant Red Tornado,
who came to serve as their advisor. (JLA: World Without Grownups
#1-2, Young Justice #1)
Very soon thereafter, the trio freed a mysterious girl from imprisonment by
the D.E.O. She was reluctant to reveal her true name, so they called her the
Secret. WonderGirl, Arrowette and the Secret soon
joined the boys (YJ #4). Arrowette's career in costume
was short-lived, however. When her high school counselor was murdered, she nearly
slew the killer herself. Superboy managed to stop her just in time, but the
guilt was already too much and she resigned from adventuring permanently. (#15-16)
Soon after Cissie's departure, a new young heroine called the Empress
debuted, and the group was forced to relocate to an abandoned resort in the
Catskill mountains. (#19) Strangely, the Empress boasted
archery abilities (among others) and appeared in places near to the former Arrowette.
The team soon learned that she was in fact Anita Fite, the daughter of their
sometime enemy, Agent Fite of the All-Purpose Espionage Squad (APES). Empress
officially joined the team shortly after the "Sins of Youth" event,
wherein Klarion the Witch Boy turned all of Young Justice into adults.
After this battle, everyone's true age was restored except for the
alien bounty hunter, Lobo. (Lobo arrived after the initial spell, so
the reverse-spell made younger.) (Sins
of Youth #2). It was also then that the main Y.J. members decided to
take a breather and a group of reserve members volunteered for monitor duty.
These reserves included CM3, Lagoon Boy, Beast Boy and Flamebird. In
Gotham City, the reservists ran afoul of a battle between Klarion and Lobo.
Ultimately, Flamebird convinced Lobo that he should content himself with his
new age, as it would make everyone underestimate his prowess. The new Batgirl
also stepped momentarily into the fray. (#20-21)
Empress and Lobo took part in their first Y.J. mission when the team agreed
to escort Doiby Dickles back to his home planet of Myrg (#25-26).
Meanwhile, back on Earth, Cissie became a part of the US Olympic archery
(#21) During her Australian competition, the team encountered
a rival Olympic team from Zandia (well-known as a safe haven for wanted felons).
The Zandian team was overseen by the Brain and Monsieur Mallah and included
Deadline, Tigress II, Merlyn, Black Thorn and Turk.
Of course foul play ensued, but Cissie emerged as the gold medallist.
Darkness loomed over the team during the Earth's war with Imperiex. The teens
were believed dead when they disappeared to Apokolips. There, Lobo's body
was decimated (#36) and spawned dozens of duplicates
(Lobo possesses the ability to form clones from his own tissue [#37]).
The Lobo clones destroyed one another and the remaining adult Lobo left for
parts unknown. He was unaware, however, that one duplicate survived. This
shy-demeanored youth followed Young Justice back to Earth, where he was nicknamed Slobo.
Impulse decided to resign from the team after a traumatizing incident resulting
in the death of one of his "scouts." He was followed by Robin, who
had begun feeling uncomfortable in a team. But questions of trust had also
arisen when Robin would not share his secret identity with the others. To
help the team through this time, the Red Tornado called in Snapper Carr to
lend a sympathetic hand. (#38) The team members themselves
also invited the Ray to join, which he accepted. (#41) Secret
was ultimately seduced by Darkseid, but she was convinced to turn against
him. Darkseid's punishment against Secret was to restore her mortality
which also removed her powers. (#53-55) During this
battle, Slobo began to go blind (#54) and he chose
to sacrifice himself against Darkseid. (#55)
In the end, the members of YJ were called together by a mysterious conglomerate
called Optitron, who offered to sponsor both Young Justice and the Titans.
During this meeting, Indigo, a mysterious android girl from the future,
appeared from nowhere. Indigo was battered and in search of a way to repair
herself. After an unsuccessful assimilation of the Metal Men, she teleported
to California and commandeered the body of the Titans' Cyborg. The combined
might of the Titans and Young Justice barely drove her off and Empress was critically
injured when she teleported away. This chain events led to the death of two
Titans and shattered both teams of heroes, which disbanded. (Titans/Young
Justice: Graduation Day #1-3)
Neither Robin nor Wonder Girl had any interest in continuing on as a team.
Both were deeply affected by the death of Troia and by feelings of inadequacy.
But the mentors of the remaining members of the Titans were quick to take
them back under wing. Robin, Wonder Girl, Superboy and Impulse were encouraged
to join a new "weekend" team of Teen Titans. This new team
is guided by Cyborg, Starfire and Beast Boy. (Teen Titans
v.3 #1) The Empress' final condition is uncertain. The Ray, Red Tornado
and Snapper Carr chose to return to their own individual affairs.
YJ One Million
legacy of Young Justice remains in the 853rd Century. In the far future, this
team is called the Young Justice Legion S. It's members are Robin "the
Toy Wonder," Batman's A.I.; Impulse, a mysterious hero believed
to be the personification of random thoughts of the legendary heroes that have
traveled through the Speed Force; and Omac, their leader and one
millionth clone of the original Superboy.
Robin once found a capsule containing one of the original members
of Young Justice. Its contents were never revealed because the youths' impatience
resulted in the contents being disintergrated. (YJ 1 million)
» FIRST APPEARANCE: Young
Justice #1 (September 1998)
» FEATURED APPEARANCES: Impulse #85
• Robin #101
• Superboy #99 • Supergirl
v.3 #13-14 Young Justice Secret Files #1 Young
Justice: The Secret #1 Young Justice Special #1
JLA: World Without Grownups, 2-issue limited series (1998)
Young Justice, 55 issues (1998-2003)
Sins of Youth, 2-issue limited series & event
Titans/Young Justice: Graduation Day, 3-issue limited series (2003)
Crew reside on Earth-26, although they refer to it as "Earth-C." Here,
everyone is an anthropomorphic version of their counterparts on other Earths.
Superman was the first to discover this parallel world. While battling Starro,
he used a meteor which broke into six pieces. Each future member of the Zoo
Crew was exposed to the meteorite's radiation (which included some of Superman's
Teen Titans #16)
Felina Furr became Alley-Kat-Abra when her "magic wanda" was
infused with mystical powers after exposure to her meteorite. But while she
is great at teleportation and sending telepathic messages, her skills failed
her during crises. But when she uses her brain instead of brute force, she
Rodney Roger Rabbit (whose first name was added when the
Who Framed Roger Rabbit was being developed)
was the only one who didn't receive his powers directly. Instead, he ate
a meteorite-irradiated carrot from his garden. Each carrot gives him about
24 hours of powers, depending on his exertion. As Captain Carrot,
Rodney has super-strength, super-speed, super-senses, and (eventually) the
power of flight.
Fastback is Timmy Joe Terrapin, a slow turtle both in action and
in thoughts, until his meteorite gave him the power of super-speed. He is
by far the most easy-going hero of the Crew.
Peter Porkchops had his own DC comic books before his meteorite turned
him into Pig Iron, the Swine of Steel. He is virtually invulnerable,
very strong, and very large (his alter ego is a bit of a runt).
Actor Byrd Rentals became Rubberduck after he was exposed to his
meteorite that fell into his hot tub. He became mostly water, which allowed
him to stretch to incredible lengths and change into almost any kind of
Rova Barkitt, gossip columnist, turned into Yankee Poodle when
her meteorite hit her in the head. It "caused her to see stars
and stripes!" and gave her the strange powers of "animal magnetism." Her
right hand shoots blue stars that repel. Her left hand emits red and white
stripes that attract. She is also sensitive to the auras emitted by others.
She can fly by creating a striped bridge and propel herself with her shooting
stars. She can also use her stars and stripes as concussive force.
A while after their formation, they also welcomed Chester Cheese (Little
Cheese). He did not share the others' origin. He gained the power to
shrink in size after eating some moon cheese. He aided the Zoo Crew in capturing
his father's killer.
The Zoo Crew met the JLA (Just'a Lotta
Animals) when super-villains from both Earth-C and Earth-C-Minus (minus
the Zoo Crew, that is) joined in an interdimensional conspiracy. Aquaduck, Batmouse,
Crash, Green Lambkin, Super-Squirrel, and Wonder Wabbit helped to defeat Armadillo,
Shaggy Dawg, Feline Faust, Dr. Hoot, Digger O'Doom, and Amazoo.
The Zoo Crew's swan song was during the Oz-Wonderland war when the former
mystical land was taken over by an evil gnome. In this adventure Captain Carrot
was reunited briefly with Wonder Wabbit and they met Hoppy the Marvel Bunny.
However, truer feeling surfaced between he and Alley-Kat-Abra.
But … Whatever Happened to Captain Carrot?
After the Crisis on Infinite Earths, the Zoo Crew were lost to obscurity.
Wherever they landed, their story turned tragic, with the murder of Little
Cheese. After Chester Cheese had publicly revealed his secret identity as Little
Cheese, he became a defense attorney. But his actions spurred public to demand
for the rest of the Zoo Crew to reveal their identities as well. Only Alley-Kat-Abra
Yankee Poodle was outed and eventually falsely arrested for an assassination
attempt of President Mallard Fillmore. The others went underground. As for
Captain Carrot, he killed the Armordillo in retaliation for the murder his
partner, Carrie Carrot, then turned himself in. He was acquitted of
the crime by Chester. Regardless, when Chester was murdered, the evidence implicated
Cap. Yankee Poodle escaped from Pelican Bay prison and recruited Pig Iron and
Rubberduck to investigate Cheese's death and clear their former leader. Alley-Kat-Abra
declined their invitation to rejoin, but they were trailed by new ally, the American
Eagle, who eventually found Captain Carrot in his civilian guise of Rodney
Rabbit. (Teen Titans #30)
American Eagle convinced Rodney to eat the special carrot that transformed
him into Captain Carrot once again. They joined with the rest of the Zoo Crew.
They note that inter-species relations have grown more volatile in their world
and that in reassembling, the Zoo Crew might stand as an example of unity.
Yankee Poodle deduced that President Fillmore knew who killed Little Cheese,
and the team left in search of their most powerful member: Alley-Kat-Abra.
To their horror, they discover that Felina was the murderer! She'd taken money
from the President to expose the Crew's identities. Then when Fastback discovered
this, she zapped him into the future. She tried to frame Rodney for the murder
and hired the Armordillo to kill him. Why did this former hero turn so murder?
In her confession, she said that for all her efforts, there was no fighting
instinct: cats would always hate mice.
Afterwards, the Crew accepted American Eagle as a member and set out to rescue Fastback from the future.
After their absence from the limelight, the Crew found it difficult to reestablish
themselves as credible crime fighters. Their appearance at a pop culture festival
drew little fanfare. But it was here that their old foe, the Salamandroid,
struck again. The villain was sent by Starro, who had masterminded a
new conspiracy. Starro was allied with the diplomat "Vicuña
Pacos" of Nepal — who was, in fact, the nefarious Rash
Al Paca. Their goal was to drown the Earth and create strife between land-
and sea-dwelling peoples.
(CC: The Final Ark #1)
Next, they sent Frogzilla to attack Gnu York. In subduing this giant beast,
the Zoo Crew inadvertently freed the real Alley-Kat-Abra from a mystical
prison! Felina explained to her teammates that she'd been duplicated by Feline
Faust. The doppleganger, Dark Alley, was the one who killed Little Cheese.
The Crew were still wary of her and allowed her to join them on a probationary
status. The added might of Alley's powers were not enough to stem the oncoming
catastrophe — Al Paca activated a satellite that melted the planet's icecaps.
And, the Zoo Crew found they'd lost their powers! (#2)
The planet soon flooded and the Zoo Crew decided to try to contact Just'a
Lotta Animals. To do so, Rodney created a full comic book starring the JLA.
(The sale of this comic constituted "unlawful manufacture," which prompted
the JLA's lawyer to intervene.) The plan worked, and the Animals (GL, Crash,
Elongator, Hawkmoose, Zapanda, Batmouse) arrived to help the Zoo Crew herd
people onto Barton Boa's Ark. The Ark was intended to shuttle refugees to Earth
C-Minus, but an intervention by the New Dogs (Orihound,
Lightstray and Muttron) caused the Ark to be diverted to Earth-0.
On Earth-0, the once fully sentient animals manifested as normal Earth-0
animals. The drew the attention of the Justice League, and Zatanna adopted
Rodney to be her stage rabbit. All the animals on the Ark remain on Earth-0,
unable to communicate their predicament. (#3)
The members of the Zoo Crew originated (at least in part) in the 1940s Peter Porkchops strip,
which debuted in Leading Comics #23 (1947). The series changed
Screen Comics (1950–55), and continued to feature Porkchops. The character
of Pig Iron did not debut until Zoo Crew.
Other characters from DC's funny animal past made cameos in
the series, including
Dodo and the Frog who first appeared in Funny Stuff #18
McSnurtle the Turtle: The Terrific Whatzit from Funny
Stuff #1 (Summer 1944)
Issue #7 contains a Who's Who type feature in the back of the book.
The letter column in issue #12 printed
an illustration of "Farrah Foxett" by a young fan — Arthur
The covers of issues #14-15 parody the covers of Justice League of America #207-209.
In the final issue of the series, Roy Thomas wrote that the book
was discontinued because of difficulties in arranging a creative team.
It was intended to become a series of mini-series. He even mentioned
a proposed Just'a
Lotta Animals mini-series.
Captain Carrot characters occasionally appear in the mainstream
DCU, usually as cartoons or toys. The Superman/Toyman one-shot showed
a Captain Carrot stuffed doll role. Cap and Poodle appeared
on Black Canary's Zoo Crew glassware in Birds
of Prey #100.
The Zoo Crew narrative that appears in Teen Titans #30-31
is presented as a comic story read by various Titans characters. It's also
drawn by original artist, Scott Shaw!
» FIRST APPEARANCE: New
Teen Titans #16 (Feb. 1982)
Captain Carrot and the Final Ark!, 3-issue limited
» SEE ALSO:
Amazing Heroes #9 (March 1982). Kim Thompson and J.
Collier "Creatures Great and Small... and Super-Heroes All." 32-39. A
great article that led off the series by talking about Thomas and Shaw's inspirations.