Teen Titans: Raven

Teen Titans: Raven


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When a tragic accident takes the life of 17-year-old Raven Roth's foster mom—and Raven's memory—she moves to New Orleans to recover and finish her senior year of high school.

Starting over isn't easy. Raven remembers everyday stuff like how to solve math equations and make pasta, but she can't remember her favorite song or who she was before the accident. And when impossible things start happening, Raven begins to think it might even be better not to know who she was before.

But as she grows closer to her new friends, her foster sister, Max, and Tommy Torres, a guy who accepts her for who she is now, Raven has to decide if she's ready to face what's buried in the past...and the darkness building inside her.

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Kami Garcia and first-time graphic novel artist Gabriel Picolo comes this riveting tale of finding the strength to face who you are and learning to trust others—and yourself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401286231
Publisher: DC Comics
Publication date: 07/02/2019
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 548
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Kami Garcia is the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling coauthor of the Beautiful Creatures novels, which have been published in 50 countries and 38 languages. She is also the author of five solo novels, including two Bram Stoker Award nominees. Her forthcoming graphic novel Teen Titans: Raven, illustrated by artist Gabriel Piccolo, is the first title in her Teen Titans series for DC Ink. Find Kami online at kamigarcia.com.

Gabriel Picolo is Brazilian comic artist and illustrator based in São Paulo. His work has become known for its strong storytelling and atmospheric colors. Picolo has developed projects for clients such as Blizzard, BOOM! Studios, Harper Collins, and DeviantART.

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Teen Titans: Raven 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
MsArdychan 9 months ago
Please Note: I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence the opinions in my review in any way. I have long enjoyed Kami Garcia's Beautiful Creatures books. She created such a moody atmosphere in that Southern Gothic genre. Now, along with illustrator Gabriel Picolo, she has taken a stab at graphic novels. What a wonderful start to what I hope will be a series (please, please, please). What I Liked: Illustrations: Sticking to a color palette of blacks and purples, illustrator Gabriel Picolo creates an angsty atmosphere. His use of giant raven shadows was eerie and created a sense of foreboding. He was also able to play with ways to show thoughts and inner dialogue that was fresh and original. Setting: The story is set in New Orleans. Even though some of the scenes take place at a voodoo shop and a cemetery, it doesn't feel clichéd. Much of the action happens either at Raven's high school. Given how diverse New Orleans is, I like how lots of different kinds of teens are shown, including students with disabilities. Story: Raven is a person going through a terrible trauma. Her foster mother was killed in a car accident right in front of her, leaving her with amnesia. Even though she can't really feel sad for a person she can't remember, she does harbor feelings of intense guilt for surviving the crash. Is the evil voice she hears in her head hinting that she was a terrible person before the accident? Or is something trying to lead her astray? People can have a variety of thoughts, both good and bad. This is what make people complicated. Realizing this is a step towards adulthood. What a subtle, sophisticated subtext! I also liked the use of headphones to help Raven deal with noise. Lots of people are really sensitive about noise in public spaces. Aside from having better sound quality for music, perhaps people are using them more for shutting out all the noise around them. Overall: This was a great start to a graphic novel series. The mood, setting, and story set the stage for us to get to know Raven, her aunt, and her cousin. I really hope this book does well, so we will get more of this series in the future.
pseudosara 9 months ago
I am loving the reboot of DC characters. Raven has always been a favorite of mine so I was a little worried. Kami Garcia did a wonderful job with the story and the artist Gabriel Picollo really brought the words to life. Ms. Garcia’s story is a great coming of age tale that works in the context of the universe as well as a stand alone. I think all ages will enjoy the new take on Raven.
Anonymous 9 months ago
3.5 Thanks to DC Entertainment and Netgalley for the advanced copy. I have been a fan of Teen Titans since I was a young teen and Raven has always been my favorite. So, I was beyond thrilled to receive an advanced copy. This is a great start to hopefully a full blown series starting with all their beginnings and from the reading and the news of Beast Boy being next; it looks like I might get my wish. This begins with a fatal accident taking the life of Raven’s adopted mom and through this accident she loses her memories. Raven ends up at her aunt and cousin’s house in New Orleans. Beginnings are hard to rate because we’re only allowed a small kernel of what’s to come. Natalia and Max (Maxine) were fantastic characters that deserve their own stories being told. They were interesting and incredible and the world would benefit from knowing more about them. More often than not they did carry the story. As Raven is navigating this new life with virtually no memories and weird things happening to her and she would respond by running away, literally every time. Meanwhile, her aunt is out every night trying to get answers. I have loved Gabriel Picolo’s art for a long time and it makes me wistful for the old show to come back with this art style. This is the next best thing, and it’s just as glorious as I expected. Art in graphic novels can make or break the experience and Picolo’s art really makes this story. All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed my time and I am definitely intrigued and excited for more. I highly recommend if you are a Raven fan.
Philomath_in_Phila 12 days ago
‏I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book so I could give an honest review. Teen Titans: Raven (Teen Titans #1) by Kami Garcia is a graphic novel with a story written by Kami Garcia and illustrated by Gabriel Picolo. Fans of YA may recognize Kami Garcia as a coauthor of the Beautiful Creatures series. Teen Titans: Raven is Garcia's first graphic novel. Growing up I was a DC Comic fan but, after the introduction of the Marvel Avengers movies, especially Iron Man, I switched teams. However, you do not need to be a fan of Teen Titans, Raven, or DC Comics to appreciate the way in which Garcia and Picolo present Raven's origin story. I thought the story was interesting and enjoyed the illustrations. Many reviews mention Raven's snarky attitude is missing from the story. I had not watched or read the Teen Titans and my niece was too young to understand attitude so I do not have a reference in which to compare Raven's story. Although enough reviews mention the lack of snarkiness I felt the need to mention it. The 2nd book in the series, Teen Titans: Beast Boy (Teen Titans #2) will also be written by Kami Garcia and illustrated by Gabriel Picolo. It is scheduled to be released in 2020. This 200-word review was published on Philomathinphila.com on 10/10/19.
Anonymous 3 months ago
I want to preface this by saying that I wasn’t a Raven fan going in. Not that I didn’t like her, I just had never had much introduction to her character. I haven’t watched or read anything Teen Titans. My only familiarity with her comes from her appearance in DC Bombshells. I think my lack of knowledge of Raven was the perfect amount of knowledge of Raven coming into this story. While I was a little dubious about the amnesia storyline at first, I think it really works here. It allows the audience to get to now Raven as Raven, not as a supernatural/powered being who’s also part human. We get to know her likes, dislikes, and the things that make her happy as well as those she treasures. She feels very real and relatable. I also liked how she’s a senior in high school in this book. Some of the other DC Ink stories revolve around younger teen versions of heroes we know, which aren’t as enjoyable. But Raven has a bit of maturity to her that’s refreshing. There wasn’t a lot in this book that was frustration due to terrible decision making or youth stubbornness. In fact, she makes pretty great decisions and isn’t plagued by teen moodiness like I thought she might be. That’s partially due to her adopted/foster sister Max. Raven and Max’s relationship is the most interesting and multi-faceted. There’s a lot of give and take, push and pull there, as well as a history between them that we’re not privy to, mostly because they aren’t really privy to it. Every scene of them together is a delight. And the romance aspect of it? Definitely swoon-worthy. While Picolo’s illustrations are great throughout the novel, they really carry a lot of emotion in scenes between Raven and Tommy. They’re so beautiful that they’re frame-worthy. I could stare at them for ages. The DC Ink/YA graphic novel titles just keep getting better and better. As someone with little Raven background, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Its an alright comic, however, like many modern reboots now a nowadays, I feel like it has so much SJW influence, this is perhaps due to the new targeted audience; today's youth. Story-wise, it's not strong at all nor engaging to long-time fans. if you're a longtime Raven fan, prepare to be disappointed. Rather than, making an actual reboot, its just a comic loosely based on Raven. The only thing that I loved about this comic is the art and artist Gabriel Picolo. The comic's direction was a total miss in my opinion.
Take_Me_AwayPH 4 months ago
This won't be too long, but I did want to put some of my thoughts on this down. I really liked this and I want everyone who is on the fence about reading it to go forth and do it! This is not something you'd want to miss. Raven has just lost her foster mom and now she's trying to piece together her old life, her memory, and everything else. It's so much harder than everyone thinks. But as time goes on she gets closer to her new friends and then bits and pieces start coming back. As it turns out, it's something that she never would have thought was possible. The best thing about this book was obviously the art. I LOVED Gabriel Picolo's drawings. I went through and read the words and barely glanced at the pictures at first, all so I could go back and look at just the pictures. And the color scheme for Raven was obvious, but there were some panels where he did full color and the rest of the time it was mostly just purples throughout the picture. I thought that was a cool way to do it. Just to mix it up. It looked like watercolors and ink and it was amazing. As far as the origin story, I really liked this one. It moved quickly and that was awesome. All the panels meant something and had a purpose.The only thing I didn't care for was the fact that once things got interesting, it was over. I wanted to see just a bit more of her powers and what all she could do. But we didn't get to see any of that. Once she knew that she had it, it was over. The next book in this series that's coming out is Beast Boy and if that one is anything like it's cover, I'm going to like it just as much as this one lol I really hope they do all of them because I love these so far!
ruthsic 7 months ago
Firstly, this volume brings us Raven's origin story so don't expect to see the other Titans yet. Raven moves in with her foster mother's sister and her daughter after an accident, and now, with her empath powers awoken she is overwhelmed by everyone's emotions. Thankfully, her new sister Maxine is there to help her out. Raven is still uncertain about her origins (having been told that her mother had given her up because of an abusive father) and her nightmares keep growing. Max's mom is trying to divine what the circumstances around Raven are, but she keeps it from Raven itself. The plot initially feels divided into different parts - there's Max's mother trying to find out the mystery of Raven, Maxine's secret, Raven's uncertainty about whether her powers are real and her memory loss, and the romance with the new guy Tommy. They come together to make sense by the end, but it still leaves us with a lot of questions. Among the characters and their relationships, I loved Maxine's and Raven's sisterly bond that snaps in place so easily, the former caring for the latter and helping her navigate her newfound powers (providing her with the headphones, taking her to a diviner, standing up for her). The bully situation, meanwhile, felt shoe-horned in just to demonstrate Raven's growing powers. The artwork is, in a word, interesting. The character design is good, but the coloring style has me a bit on the fence. The mostly monochromatic style has dashes of colors added in randomly (but mostly focused around Raven) in a loose ink-wash style, which is sorta different from what I have seen of the artist's work on his social media. Nevertheless, the overall effect is still beautiful.
Anonymous 9 months ago
SevenAcreBooks 9 months ago
Teen Titans: Raven by Kami Garcia, Illustrated by Gabriel Picolo Available now Memory loss, high school drama, gods...what more can you want in a book? After surviving the car crash that killed her adoptive mom and suffering from memory loss, Raven feels adrift and alone. With the help of her mom’s sister and daughter, Raven tries to move on with her life and navigate high school but she is plagued by nightmares and hearing the thoughts of other people. What is happening to Raven and what does her aunt and cousin know? Who can she trust? I loved Raven! Her character is so vulnerable as she deals with her memory loss and trying to find her true self. She is also incredibly powerful and can read the minds of others-although I don’t think that would always be the best gift. I loved the scenes inside Tallulah Saints House of Voodoo and would love to spend hours wandering around the shop and having my cards read by Miss Eliza. Fast paced, well written, and with beautiful artwork, Raven will keep you captivated from start to finish. Thank you to Netgalley and the Publisher for the opportunity to read and review this title. All opinions and mistakes are my own.
Anonymous 9 months ago
When a tragic car accident takes the life of 17 year old Raven's foster mother-- along with her memory--Raven is sent to live with her foster mother's family in New Orleans. While there, Raven starts experiencing strange occurrences of hearing the thoughts of those around her and being able to cause injury to bullies with the slightest thought. She starts to think maybe it's best that she doesn't remember who she used to be, and maybe she needs this clean slate. With the help of her foster cousin, Max, and the charming Tommy Torres, Raven must decide whether to stand up to the darkness inside her or let it consume her completely. I really enjoyed this graphic novel. It was such an interesting take on Raven, and the story itself played out really well. I flew through it because I was just completely sucked into Raven coming into her own and discovering who she is and the powers she possesses. The whole take on voodoo magic was also cool to see. My favorite thing though was the art style, it was so fresh and made the story that much better. Definitely check this out if you're a DC fan!