The Abandoned An’ Forsaked – Alley-Kat-Abra is a Murderer?!
Every Saturday, we will be examining comic book stories and ideas that were not only abandoned, but also had the stories/plots specifically “overturned” by a later writer (as if they were a legal precedent). Click here for an archive of all the previous editions of The Abandoned An’ Forsaked. Feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any suggestions for future editions of this feature.
Today we look at whether Alley-Kat-Abra is really a murderer….
In Teen Titans #30 and #31, Geoff Johns did a clever parody of Infinite Crisis by having a comic-within-a-comic depicting a grim and gritty version of Captain Carrot and the Zoo Crew (the comic-within-a-comic was even drawn by Zoo Crew co-creator Scott Shaw!) that begins with the death of one of the Zoo Crew, Little Cheese.
In the end, it is revealed that the killer is one of the members of the Zoo Crew, the magical cat Alley-Kat-Abra…
Now this comic was obviously intended just as a parody, but it led to a Zoo Crew mini-series by Bill Morrison and Scott Shaw!, and in the mini-series, they decide to treat the Teen Titans story as Zoo Crew canon, leaving them with the task of explaining away Alley Kat-Abra’s actions, and here is what they came up with…
The series ended with her as a member of the team and in their only appearance since then she has been a member of the team, so I guess they accepted her story!
Thanks to Andy N. for the suggestion!