26 years ago - The spell to give 6-year-old Diana a playmate is first cast, inadvertently summoning the soul of Diana's twin from the well of souls.
22 years ago - 6-year-old Donna, sensing that her sister Diana is in danger, abandons her immortality within her mirror to assist her sister in holding the gates of Doom closed. She is welcomed by the Amazons and taken in by Hippolyta as her daughter.
12 years ago - 16-year-old Donna wishes Diana well when she leaves Themyscira, privately longing to see man's world for herself.
11 years ago - 17-year-old Donna leaves Themyscira to visit Diana (now Diana Prince), Taking the name Donna Troy after the goddess Athena's patron city. She meets the Teen Titans and is named Wonder Girl by Dick Grayson, deciding to become a student in Gateway University. She stays with Dr. Helena Sandsmark, becoming an adopted big sister to her daughter Cassie Sandsmark. Hippolyta shows her approval of her daughter's journey by granting her a magically enhanced lasso of her own.
10 years ago - 18-year-old Donna Troy is recruited by Raven into her new Teen Titans. She & Diana Prince work together to stop Red Panzer from committing a racial atrocity.
8 years ago - 20-year-old Donna Troy semi-retires after the Teen Titans are infiltrated and destroyed.
7 years ago - 21-year-old Donna Troy heeds the mystic call of the Titans of Myth, defending them from their own monstrous children, having a romance with Hyperion. Accepting her newfound power (including the Lasso of Persuasion), she returns to Earth & takes the name Troia.
6 years ago - 22-year-old Donna Troy aids Diana Prince as she undertakes the labors of the Gods to overcome the barriers of Themyscira.
4 years ago - 24-year-old Donna Troy joins the reformed original Titans. She is attacked by Red Panzer, and battles him alongside Kyle Rayner and Roy Harper
3 years ago - 25-year-old Donna Troy dies in battle with a rogue Superman android. She is revived on New Cronos by the Titans of Myth where she becomes a consort to Hyperion.
Sometimes a character comes into existence without anyone creating her at all. In Donna Troy's case, she was originally created by mistake, and somehow her mysterious origins have become her most defining quality. Every attempt to explain her or fit her into a narrative box seems to fail. Instead, she's simply a fantastic character in her own right that has carved out her niche as a linchpin character in the history of the Teen Titans, and has somehow proven herself to be a character beloved by fans, even if no one has ever been able to figure out where she came from.
Troia's Comic History
You'd think the concept of 'Wonder Girl, the teenage sidekick to Wonder Woman' would be a pretty straightforward one, but in fact that was never her role. Wonder Girl's earliest comic appearances were similar to the earliest versions of Superboy; they were stories about Wonder Woman when she was young. The creator of the original Teen Titans has actually come forward and said that he simply didn't know that. He saw a teenage version of Wonder Woman, assumed it was a different character, and pulled her into the Titans. They scrambled and created a name and backstory for her, but NONE of those backstories have really stuck for very long.
Here's what's actually important about Donna; She was one of the original Teen Titans. She has been a recurring character in the Wonder Woman mythos, but her real place is among her fellow Titans, where she was a supportive older sister and teenage crush, depending on who's writing her at the time. We watched her grow up in the Perez/Wolfman era, where she was one of the most mature depictions of young women coming into their own that DC had ever depicted given us.
In her later years she moved through a variety of heroic personas, even taking over as Wonder Woman for a brief moment, but she always seems at her best when she's just allowed to be herself.
Our Troia Story
This is one of the roughest character backstories in comics so it becomes incredibly important that we begin by isolating exactly what we want to do with it. First, she clearly needs to be from Themyscira, and have a very unique bond to Diana. All Amazons consider each other 'sisters' so this actually requires something even more unique. Also, there's the small concern that Diana is actually formed from clay... how do we give her a younger sibling?
The answer can be found in the Well of Souls... the place where the souls of women wrongfully killed across history were kept by the goddesses to eventually become the Amazons. it's understood that Diana's soul was the soul of Hippolyta's unborn daughter... So we invented the idea that Diana and Donna were originally twins. This gives them that deeper bond that these two characters need. To explain the age difference, we used one of Donna's really bizzare attempts at an origin; that she was created in a magical mirror as a playmate for young Diana. We introduced the idea that the spell used the soul of Diana's twin, who was then able to reject her immortality to save her sisters life and become an amazon in her own right. They only wind up about four years apart in age, but Donna has always been more about being a sister than a sidekick.
From there, we actually put most of our effort into just giving her a life. She attends college, she becomes a photographer. The elements of her life where she is a superhero actually come pretty naturally.
Because Donna has always been Donna Troy first and whatever heroic identity she's currently rocking second, her costumes have varied widely. She wore a darkstars uniform when she joined that team of budget green lanterns. She's also worn a few armored outfits over the years, from her yellow-shoulder-pads-and-armored-skirt look in the late eighties to her current DC Rebirth costume (which admittedly looks pretty badass in a I-always-have-a-sword way).
But of all her looks, the one that is probably the most iconically HERS is the original red full-length Wonder Girl jumpsuit. it wasn't her first costume, but it was the first one that was unabashedly Donna. This is why, of all the various modern looks, Her black starcloth costume is the clear choice for her modern incarnation as Troia. It has the same silhouette as her classic outfit, but evolves it by bringing in the star-field motif that appeared in a lot of her later costumes. It proudly makes her stand out as an Amazon and celebrates her history as a Titan, but also is unmistakably about HER. Donna is a character that completely defies expectations; she was never just Wonder Woman's sidekick, never just a Titan. She's a character that deserves to stand out as something special.
Donna's apparent death was a major element in the evolution of Young Justice, the Teen Titans and the Outsiders. To use this story, we're implying that she's spent several years living among the Titans of Myth. If anything, this should do more to allow Donna to truly become her own, singular character. As her story moves forward, she's newly returned to her life on Earth. This should MATTER. If any character deserves to have her own series where we follow her in her life both as a superhero and as a young woman, it should be Donna.
More to the point, we've also made her a member of Nightwing's new Watchtower, a team meant to represent the future of the DC universe. If there is one thing that has kept Donna from the limelight, from being one of the premiere characters in the DC pantheon, it's been the fact that she's never really been allowed to simply be herself. Hopefully, with a single backstory, a solid history, and the space to just be her own hero, she'll finally get the chance.