"A Pretty Girl is Like a -- Maladi!": When his son is killed by an American in El Salvador, Soviet official Varek Slavik takes revenge on the United States by sending his secretary, Maladi Malanova, to America as a courier, with the young woman unaware that she is th


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New Teen Titans #18 is an issue of the series New Teen Titans (Volume 1) with a cover date of April, 1982.

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  • Varek Slavik

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Synopsis for "A Pretty Girl is Like a -- Maladi!"

When his son is killed by an American in El Salvador, Soviet official Varek Slavik takes revenge on the United States by sending his secretary, Maladi Malanova, to America as a courier, with the young woman unaware that she is the carrier of a deadly disease. Learning of this, the Soviet government dispatches super-hero Starfire to the U.S. to stop Maladi. F.B.I. agent King Faraday alerts the Titans to Starfire's arrival, and a battle ensues when they mistake him for the plague-carrier. Having discovered the truth, the Titans roust still race to locate Maladi before Starfire, who plans to end her threat by killing her, inasmuch as her own condition is now incurable. The Titans fight Starfire to a stalemate and Maladi is finally taken to a hospital to die in peace. Only then does Starfire, condemned for his attitude by the Titans, especially Kid Flash, throughout their encounter, reveal that the girl had been his fiancee.



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  • It is rare for superheroes to identify a political affiliation, but in this issue we get a glimpse at the Titans' views. Wally West is very hostile towards Kovar and makes repeated comments about his hatred for Russia. Donna Troy asks Wally about this, saying "I've never heard you speak like this." Wally replies "Maybe because I knew our politics were always different. Look, I don't put you down for being liberals. Why attack me for being a mid-western conservative?"



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