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, 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. Hippolyta shows her approval of her daughter's journey by granting her a magically enhanced lasso of her own.
9 years ago - 19-year-old Donna Troy marries her college professor Terry Long.
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 the Titans from their own monstrous children, having a romance with Hyperion. Accepting her newfound power (including the Lasso of Persuasion), she returns to Earth with newfound purpose divorces Terry Long & takes the name Troia.
6 years ago - 22-year-old Donna Troy aids Diana as she undertakes the labors of the Gods to overcome the barriers of Themyscira.
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 almost without any creating her. Donna was actually originally created as a mistake. Every attempt to explain her or fit her into a narrative box seems to fail. Instead, she's simply a fantastic character in her how right that has somehow carved out her own 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 can really explain her origins.
Troia's Comic History
While the concept of 'Wonder Girl', the teenage sidekick to Wonder Woman, is a pretty straightforward one, executing the idea has proved to be a pretty difficult task. The problem stems from the fact that her earliest 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 IS 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 Titan 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
Building our version of Donna, we needed to do two things; begin her from a place that made her special to Wonder Woman, and eventually get her to a place where she was free to be her own awesome self.
Our Wonder Woman used a classic version of her origins; that she was crafted from clay and granted the soul of Hippolyta's unborn daughter. Since all Amazons consider each other sisters, it became important to establish that the bond between Diana and Donna is unique, so we used perhaps the oldest and weirdest of all her various origins as a starting point: She is a magical playmate for Diana birthed from a magical mirror. We added that she emerged from the mirror to save her sister, sacrificing her immortality, but also that she too was granted the soul of Hippolyta's child, making Diana and Donna actually twins, despite the four year difference in their ages. She doesn't NEED to be that much younger. She's never been Diana's sidekick, but instead has been a partner and sister... and we deliberately made sure she has time to do just that.
Once she actually has an origin, it's surprisingly simple to find the stories that truly matter for Donna. Her career with the Titans is the stuff of legends. We even included her marriage and semi-retirement, because when she connects with the Titans of Myth and gains a power source all her own, she has a crystallizing moment of self-actualization and becomes Troia, and we get to watch her walk away from her marriage to Terry Long who, as we all know, is just the worst.
Because Donna has always been Donna Troy first and whatever heroic identity she's currently rocking second, her costumes have varied widely over the years. She was part of a poor-man's Green Lantern organization along with Jon Stewart called the Darkstars, had a few armored outfits including her yellow shoulder-pads and armored skirt look from the late eighties to her current DC Rebirth costume that 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 her 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 her black costume is the clear choice for her modern incarnation as Troia.
It uses the same silhouette as her classic outfit, but it uses the black star-field fabric of some of her later costumes. It has all the necessary elements to proudly display her Amazonian heritage, celebrates her history as a Titan, but also is unabashedly 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. The 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.