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  • Series: Teen Titans
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; First Edition edition (January 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401219535
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401219536
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By conditionals on February 4, 2009
Format: Paperback
First up, let me confess that I was introduced to Teen Titans via the cartoon show. After witnessing its all-encompassing awesomeness, I sought out every other form of Titan media, including the 80's Wolfman/Perez 'New Teen Titans', which served as a source for the show; the Geoff Johns relaunch (DC's current run of 'Teen Titans"); J. Torres' 'Teen Titans Go!', which is a comic based on the show; as well as Judd Winick's current 'Titans'. They were all pretty great (especially the later books by Sean McKeever in the current 'Teen Titans' series), though, for me, none matched the wit and charm of the show.

Raven, who is my favourite character in the show, is easily the one who is most changed in all the comics. Her comic representation is humourless, removed and definitely an outsider in the Titans universe - especially in the Wofman/Perez stuff. Anyway, on to this 'Spotlight on Raven'.

This trade, which collects a mini-series published in 2008, is a strange one. Though it's written by Wolfman, it takes place in the world of the current 'Teen Titans' - for those vaguely in touch with the crazy DC Universe, it's set some time after the Infinite Crisis, featuring the new, younger Raven who was introduced in book 2 of the Geoff Johns run ("Family Lost"). However, its art style is totally removed from anything you would have seen in DC comics - extremely busy with colourful anime-style characters with bold lines. The artwork affects the story telling - many pages are framed in unconventional montage styles which can be pretty confusing to follow. It takes a while to get used to, but I found the style to be pretty cool, and a refreshing change.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ray 1967 on June 4, 2013
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I was a big fan of the Teen Titans back in the 80's, one of my favorite series at the time. So when I got a chance to read this spotlight on Raven I picked it up, since Wolfman along with George Perez was who created the Raven character, but I was so disappointed, this story was boring as all get out. I wound up just leafing through the book and putting it aside, the anime type artwork I thought was terrible as well. The original Raven spotlight back in the 80's was so much better.
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Honestly, the reviews are much more of a let-down than the actual comic.

From what I've gathered, this Raven is a mixture of the original Raven from the '80s comics written by Wolfman as well as her later revisions (mainly her cartoon counterpart). However, I do agree that she does have somewhat of a dull personality, and while Raven is always talking about her internal struggle against Trigon, she didn't seem to be suffering in this comic at all. In fact, her background is just fluffed over and Trigon was apparently "frozen" or something. Yet she still goes on to complain about how she can't feel or express her own emotions, which really seems like a bunch of crap after reading the first few pages because it becomes very apparent very soon that she is extremely awkward.

Anyway, like the other reviewers already stated (or at least one of them did), the artwork is very cute and abstract. I honestly liked the idea of having Raven in school and being a superheroine on the side. Too bad Wolfman focused mostly on her school-life instead. Some clips here and there of her making friends at school and going through the motions would've been much better than having her primary focus be on high school. I really wish Wolfman could've written her as a more go-getter character than just a flop who fights crime only when it finds her.

I liked it, and I'm glad I bought it because I'm a fairly big Raven fan, and even though this comic is kind of "eh" it's still worth the read. If not for the plot, definitely worth it for the artwork because while Raven may not be exploding with character, she does have great fashion sense. I'd give it maybe somewhere between 3 1/2 stars.
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This book was a major disappointment. The artwork is ugly and even confusing at times. Raven looks neither the way she does in other comics or even the TV show and her personality is reminiscent of neither, it's almost like they were trying to invent yet another Raven, like they did with the TV show. However, unlike the violet haired Raven from TV, this Raven is a dud.

The story is fair, and is portrayed in a high school setting where Raven is trying to stay undercover. For the life of me, I never understood why she needs to go back to high school, she must already know more than most of her teachers. She is also portrayed as being completely clueless about popular culture and has no clue as to what her classmates are talking about roughly 99% of the time, as if she wouldn't have leaned something from the new kids in the Tower or even from Beast Boy. Sure, Raven is the Tower's recluse, but she is portrayed as being culturally illiterate and having no exposure to the outside world. I mean come on, most grannies have heard of the Backstreet Boys. Raven might not watch TV, but she does read the newspaper.

That I give this book a thumbs down is surprising even to me, as I like all things related to the Teen Titans, even the silly Titans Go! comic books that are written for children. But I did NOT like this book at all.
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Marv Wolfman has created more characters that have gone on to television, animation, movies and toys than any other comics creator since Stan Lee. Marv is the writer-creator of Blade, the Vampire Hunter which has been turned into three hit movies starring Wesley Snipes, as well as a TV series. Marv also created Bullseye, the prime villain in the 2003 movie, Daredevil, and was the writer-creator of the New Teen Titans which was a runaway hit show on the Cartoon Network. It has also been picked up as a live action movie. Marv's character Cyborg, has also been featured on the TV show Smallville, while his Superman creation, Cat Grant, was a regular on the Lois And Clark, The New Adventures of Superman TV series. Many of Marv's other characters have appeared on many animated series.
Beyond comics, Marv writes video games, novels, cartoons, animation and lots more. Marv wrote the direct-to-video animated movie, The Condor, for POW Entertainment, released in March, 2007, and just completed his newest direct-to-DVD animated movie, Teen Titans: The Judas Contract" based on his own comic story. Marv also wrote the novelization of Superman Returns" - which won the industry SCRIBE Award for best speculative fiction novel adapted, as well as co-wrote the "Superman Returns" Electronic Arts video-game. His book "Homeland," the Illustrated History of the State of Israel" was published in April 2007 and has already won many awards including the prestigious National Jewish Book Award. He has also written a novel based on his own comic, Crisis on Infinite Earths which was published in April, 2005. Marv was also Editorial Director for 15 graphic albums for the educational market, targeting high school students who read with a 3rd -5th grade level.
Marv co-created and co-wrote The Gene Pool, a feature length live-action movie. Marv also co-created, story-edited and was co-Executive Producer of Pocket Dragon Adventures, a 52-episode animated series appearing on the Bohbot TV network. Marv has written dozens of animated TV episodes as well as developed and story-edited the animated series' The Transformers, The Adventures of Superman and Monster Force.
Marv has also been Editor-in-Chief at Marvel Comics, senior editor at DC Comics and founding editor of Disney Adventures magazine. He has also edited and produced educational comics and was given a special commendation by the White House for his work on three anti-drug comics for the "Just Say No" program.
Marv is married to his lovely wife, Noel, a senior producer at Blizzard entertainment, and has a wonderful daughter, Jessica, from his first marriage. Marv & Noel also have a obstreperous Keeshond dog named Elle Dee Deux (L.D.) who is currently chewing on everything that is and isn't nailed down.

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