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Kole
Kole as depicted in Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe #12 (February 1986). Art by José Luis García-López.
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceThe New Teen Titans (vol. 2) #9 (June 1985)
Created byGeorge Pérez (artist)
Marv Wolfman (writer)
In-story information
Alter egoKole Weathers
SpeciesMetahuman
Team affiliationsTeen Titans
Abilities
  • Crystal generation
  • Flight

Kole Weathers is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics.

Fictional character biography

Professor Abel Weathers, paranoid of an impending nuclear holocaust, was attempting to find a way for humanity to survive the fallout through forced evolution. One of the test subjects in his experiments was his 16-year-old daughter, Kole, whom he grafted with crystal and promethium. Instead of evolving to survive a nuclear fallout as her father intended, Kole gained the ability to create and control pure silicon crystal at will.

Kole as shown in The New Teen Titans #9 (1985).

Kole was then kidnapped by the mad sun Titaness, Thia. For two years, Thia forced Kole to use her powers to construct a crystal prison in which Thia could hold important prisoners. Thia eventually came into conflict with the Teen Titans, which ultimately led to the death of the goddess and Kole winning her freedom. Lilith Clay, a member of the Titans with limited precognition, sensed the "dark clouds of destruction" around Kole and warned her that she would face a "grim future" should she return to Earth and invited her to remain in Olympus. Kole declined, electing to reclaim her life on Earth. Now back on Earth, Kole tried to reunite with her parents, only to find that her father's experiments had produced a house full of crystalline and insectoid monstrosities. When the Titans came to confront him, he had them captured and attempted to subject them to the same experiments. Kole helped them to escape and in the ensuing conflict, the lab self-destructed. Abel, his wife Marilyn, and the rest of their test subjects emerged from the wreckage, transformed into insect forms which would allow them to survive a nuclear holocaust. Having nowhere else to go, Kole chose to go with the Titans to New York City. Though she never "officially" joined the group, she was certainly considered a Titan by some members.

Lacking a home of her own, Kole lived with Adeline and Joseph Wilson. As a result of this Kole developed an immediate friendship with Jericho. She was deeply upset when Jericho along with a few other Titans went on a mission to deep space, yet could not accompany Jericho with whom she had fallen in love. Shortly after this, in the pages of Crisis on Infinite Earths, Kole attempted to save the Earth-2 Robin and Earth-2 Huntress from the Anti-Monitor's shadow-demons. She failed, and all three were apparently killed, their bodies never found.

In Grant Morrison's Animal Man storyline "Deus Ex Machina", Psycho-Pirate, while in Arkham Asylum, recreated characters removed from continuity. Kole (or a Pre-Crisis version of her) was one of them. Kole appears as she originally did. Presumably, this character vanished from existence when the Psycho-Pirate's episode of madness ended, along with her colleagues.

A character that may have been a resurrected Kole appeared in Team Titans #8-12, the storyline implying she was a ghost of some sort. Later on, in issue #24, after not appearing in the Team Titans series for eleven months, her lifeless figure was shown in the lair of Monarch, implying this "Kole" was merely one of his puppets. Shortly afterwards, the storyline in DC Comics' Zero Hour event ended the existence of "Kole" and almost all Team Titans members.

Years later during the Infinite Crisis event, Kole was briefly resurrected and placed under the control of Brother Blood, who forced her to battle the newest incarnation of Teen Titans. She was defeated and returned to the grave along with the other undead Titans.

Kole would briefly resurface one year later when Kid Eternity summoned her from the afterlife to help locate the soul of Kid Devil's Aunt Marla. After Kid Devil tells Kole that he had read about her in the Titans archives and thinks she is cool, she expresses gratitude and says she wishes that he could have been a member of the team while she was still alive. She then returns to her resting place, leaving the two heroes to continue on their own.

Powers and abilities

Kole has the power to "spin" crystal, which is to create silicon crystal into independent masses—anything from a crystal "sculpture to a safety slide". She is known to encase people in crystal, effectively immobilizing them. It is not clear what happens to the crystal she spins; whether it eventually breaks down or remains in existence has never been established (she once spun a crystal bridge to transport herself and Jericho from Manhattan to Titans Tower in the East River; what happened to that bridge is subject to debate).

Kole also has the ability to fly, but it is unclear whether this also comes from the experiments that gave her powers, or granted to her during her tenure as Thia's slave. Later in the Teen Titans comics, Kole is seen transporting herself on a crystal carpet. Only once has Kole been seen moving through crystal (or at least the crystal she spun herself).[1]

Alternate versions

Earth One

In Teen Titans: Earth One, Kole is one of the children given powers from the Titans Project headed by Niles Caulder. Alongside Wally West and Cassie Sandsmark, she is one of the first Titans to work for Caulder, even considering him a father. After a struggle with the other experimented children, Vic Stone, Tara Markov, Gar Logan, Tempest, Raven, a repenting Deathstroke and the alien Starfire, Kole turns on Caulder. In this version she is Asian and it is heavily implied she begins dating Gar at the end of volume 2.

Convergence

Kole appears as a Teen Titan in Convergence. Her team fights the Tangent Universe Doom Patrol. In the end, the teams decide to work together and the Teen Titans are returned to their own universe.

In other media

Kole as seen in Teen Titans.

References

  1. ^ The New Teen Titans (vol. 2) #9 (1985). DC Comics.