"Nightrider": In Transylvania, a military commander named Stalg abducts a fourteen-year-old boy and brings him back to the castle of the legendary vampire Dracula. One of Stalg's greener stormtroopers, Charles Watkins, takes pity on the boy and tries to comfort him during his imprisonment. C
- God may save you from them, Commander... but he won't save you from me.
Appearing in "Nightrider"
- Force Elite
- Commander Stalg (Only appearance; dies)
Synopsis for "Nightrider"
In Transylvania, a military commander named Stalg abducts a fourteen-year-old boy and brings him back to the castle of the legendary vampire Dracula. One of Stalg's greener stormtroopers, Charles Watkins, takes pity on the boy and tries to comfort him during his imprisonment. Commander Stalg, dressed in the trappings of Dracula himself, recovers the remains of Dracula, and in a special laboratory, fuses the vampire's DNA with that of the young boy. The boy emerges from the experiment as a Dagon - a nightrider.
Unfortunately, for Commander Stalg, tonight is the night of the Walpurgis Eclipse - a time when all evil is fated to be purged from the land. Mystical forces combine with the souls of Transylvanian villagers to create a grotesque creature that razes Castle Dracula. The creature attacks Stalg's troops and the commander is killed. As the monster bears down on Corporal Charles Watkins, Dagon intervenes on his behalf. He convinces the monster that Watkins showed him compassion whereas the others didn't, and for that, he should be spared. The entity concedes and as the evening ends, the Transylvanian townsfolk return to normal.
Appearing in "Childhood's End"
- Numb-Dust (Flashback only)
Synopsis for "Childhood's End"
This story is reprinted from Team Titans #1: Killowat.
Lord Chaos appears at S.T.A.R. Labs and abducts the pregnant Donna Troy. Both the New Titans and the Team Titans are present and are taken completely by surprise by Chaos' actions. Although the teams had been fighting one another, they both try to stop Lord Chaos. The villain evades their attacks however and escapes with Donna. In their frustration, the teams resume their attacks against each other. Mirage takes Nightwing aside and tries to explain to him why they were trying to kill Donna Troy. She knows that her child is destined to inherit the powers of the gods and age himself to adulthood whereupon he will become a conqueror and subjugate the entire world in the near future. Nightwing chooses to give Mirage the benefit of the doubt and he convinces the Titans and the Teamers to cease fighting.
As cooler heads prevail, the teams relocate to one of Steve Dayton's numerous Manhattan penthouses. Mirage tells the others what she already told Nightwing. She explains how Lord Chaos will subjugate humanity through an artificial drug called Numb-Dust. However, the Numb-Dust had unexpected side effects, giving rise to a new generation of Metahumans. As more and more people began to develop superhuman abilities, they came to realize that they now had enough power to fight against Chaos's armies. One soldier in particular, inspired many others and led a ragtag resistance against Lord Chaos' regime.
Elsewhere, Lord Chaos brings Donna Troy to a realm outside of time and space. He watches as Donna gives birth to her child. Chaos takes his own infant self into his arms and decides that he no longer needs Donna Troy alive.
- This issue is Chapter Three of the "Total Chaos" saga.
- There are five alternate editions of Team Titans #1, each issue includes one common story, and one unique story spotlighting a specific team member.
- Storyline continues in Deathstroke the Terminator #15.
- First canonical appearance of Robert Long, the future Lord Chaos, in this era.
- No trivia.
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This comic issue is a part of the "Total Chaos" crossover event that ran through alternating issues of New Titans, Team Titans and Deathstroke the Terminator in 1992. This template will automatically categorize articles that include it into the "Total Chaos" category.