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- Publisher: DC (July 2, 2019)
- Publication Date: July 2, 2019
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B07NJ4RBX6
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|Length: 184 pages||Age Level: 12 - 17||Grade Level: 6 - 99|
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“As someone who spends half her life inside Rachel’s head…it was impressive to see her so effortlessly come to life on the page! If you love Raven, this is a must-read!” —Teagan Croft, actress portraying Raven in the DC Universe series Titans
“Kami Garcia's Raven shows us that family bonds are made by more than blood, and that the ties of sisterhood are more powerful than the scariest demon. It's the heart of this awesome kickass “girl power" superhero book that keeps you reading and rereading and desperate for the next installment.” —Ellen Oh, author of The Prophecy series, and Cofounder and President of We Need Diverse Books
“I continue to be inspired by Kami Garcia’s authenticity and keen ability to create raw and empowering stories full of strength, truth, and love.” — Jennifer Niven, New York Times bestselling author of All the Bright Places and Holding Up the Universe
“With Teen Titans: Raven, writer Kami Garcia and artist Gabriel Picolo have created a new and different look for Raven, yet she still shares the DNA of the mystical heroine created in 1980 by me and artist co-creator, George Pérez. Explore and enjoy!” —Marv Wolfman, co-creator of Raven
"A fast-paced adventure that weaves mystery, romance, and girl power. Kami Garcia’s Raven is perfect for die-hard Teen Titans fans, but will definitely pick up new fans along the way.” —Zoraida Córdova, award-winning author of The Brooklyn Brujas series
"Garcia’s ambitious origin story of a Teen Titan is funny and unequivocally feminist. Picolo’s gorgeous illustrations are dynamic and nuanced. Lovers of superheroes will appreciate this complex origin story." —School Library Journal
"Well-paced and thrilling; readers will fly high with Raven's tale." —Kirkus Reviews
"Picolo’s spare, effective use of color and slightly edgy art helps situate the story in a supernaturally tinged world of high-school drama. …Garcia’s exploration of the connection between memory and identity offers a promising entrée to the Teen Titans series." —Publishers Weekly
"Kami Garcia has taken an iconic Teen Titans character and turned her into a beautiful warrior. Garcia has brought wonderful depth to this Teen Titans powerhouse." —Annie Carl, The Neverending Bookshop --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
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Then there’s the writer, Kami Garcia, who in her acknowledgements states she needed to be convinced to write a graphic novel, much less a Raven story.
Make NO mistake, the art is an absolute treasure, and this book can still be immensely appreciated and enjoyed based on its art alone. However, this contrast in the artist and writer’s interest, willingness, and dedication to these characters is hard to ignore, and is why the story falls flat.
While typically a story in this medium should be judged on its writing and art together, DC Ink and DC Zoom’s line of YA graphic novels makes that very hard to do. It seems as though DC just slapped together a bunch of novelists and artists, expected the novelists to be good at writing in an entirely different medium, and expected the artist to just illustrate whatever the author wrote. When instead, DC should have carefully paired up artists and writers with good synergy, who would work together to create a story where they both played to each other’s strengths.
But what we get is KAMI GARCIA in huge lettering on the front cover and a barely noticeable credit to Gabriel Picolo. It’s also worth mentioning that Picolo was not allowed a foreword like Garcia was, which I thought was extremely unfair.
While the reader does not need any prior knowledge of the Teen Titans or Raven to understand or enjoy this story, the team producing it should still understand core aspects about these characters, which Gabriel Picolo absolutely does. Kami Garcia, however, barely wrote a Raven book. So much of this story has nothing to do with Raven, and it’s clear that that’s because Kami Garcia doesn’t know who Raven is. Garcia adds a bunch of original characters and concepts that have nothing to do with Raven or the real story at hand, that it ends up reaching a climax with poor build-up and an even poorer resolution.
Back to the art, while Gabriel Picolo’s art is phenomenal and really the only reason you should buy this book, and you should, something seemed off. I don’t know if it was the editor, or Garcia herself, but Picolo’s art and coloring is very subdued compared to the Teen Titans art Picolo’s fans are used to seeing on his socials. They are vibrant with colors that pop, where this book is gray and maybe sometimes purple. The pictures included with this review are an example of a subdued page, followed by those that exhibit Picolo's strengths as a colorist. These few panels where things are more fully colored, you can see Picolo’s skill shine through; perhaps his vibrant pages could have even brightened Garcia’s dull writing.
More on that, though, is that in the sneak peek we get for Teen Titans: Beast Boy, there’s already a noticeable difference in how it’s colored. So maybe Picolo has more freedom in the next one.
Kami Garcia is still the writer for the next one, which is very unfortunate, but I’ll be buying the graphic novel regardless, because these are fantastic lookbooks of the characters, and it’s incredibly satisfying getting to Gabriel Picolo’s art in this officially licensed capacity. He’s come so far, and that’s worth supporting no matter who writes the book.
The comic has a beautiful feel to it and is full of life even with it’s mostly mono tone sequences. I’ve been a long time fan of the artist, but to see a full comic from him at this quality is still amazing! I can not recommend this enough.
Raven was true to character (from the original series and any and all spinoffs I've come across).
Raven's issue with memory is the focus of this book, and I loved the color scheme in the story. At first I was a bit bummed b/c I'm such a fan of bright colors but it really worked in this case. I like the secondary characters too, and we are left with some more mystery (not everything got solved neatly at the end). I can't wait to read more in this series! If the rest are as good as this one, I know I'll be reading them all :)
If you're a fan of Raven or the teen titans, I DEF recommend this one! Go for it you won't be disappointed.
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Meanwhile she walks around going "arrrgh why can't I remember? What are these visions." We of course know, it's cause she's Raven, daughter of Trigon. Ultimately nothing exciting happens. Art is stunning, and I love her Narwhal pajamas Raven is wearing at one point, and using noise cancelling headphones cause she's an empath but... this is uninspired as a whole.
I think the Teen dram and emotions work well for her finding out about her destiny. I also like that both sides of her family are brought into the story.
A good book and especially for fans of Raven. The artwork fits the book perfectly, even adding colours at exactly the right times. This is more the beginning of Raven's journey than anything else.
Previously my main point of reference for these characters probably would have been from Titans and while I liked Raven in that, she definitely wasn't my favourite character (that place was reserved for Gar and only Gar), so reading this I was surprised by how much more I liked her.
I also got myself a phat crush on Max.
I loved the art style a lot, and the colours, I've decided that Gabriel Picolo is now one of my favourite illustrators and I absolutely cannot wait to get Beast Boy in 2020.
I recognise that some people will not be a fan of the nature of the character, or the way it is written, as this is an attempt to appeal to a young adult audience, but without spoilers I will say that I found it engaging, emotional and easy to read.
A ilustração é divina, apesar da paleta de cores fraquíssima, o que causa certo estranhamento se levarmos em conta as artes do Picolo com cores vibrantes e neon.
O final nos faz esperar que um segundo volume seja escrito, e a prévia do que veremos em ‘Teen Titans: Beast Boy’ também desperta bastante curiosidade.
Kami fez um ótimo trabalho escrevendo sua Raven, ainda que muitos digam que ela não conhece nada da personagem, que, nesta versão, tem um desemprenho completamente condizente com o que foi apresentado no enredo.
Picolo se mostra mais uma vez um gênio na arte de desenhar Raven (e eu espero que faça um livro pros outros Titãs), e não decepciona. Sinto muito orgulho de ver onde ele chegou.
Raven é divertido, clichê e interessante. Uma nova visão sobre a personagem que tanto amamos. Que venha Beast Boy!