If ‘Beautifully Depressing’ Was A Genre | ‘Teen Titans: Raven’ by Kami Garcia & Gabriel Picolo

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This is a newer comic that instantly caught my eye when it came out because I’m a huge Teen Titans fan. It was a really big deal for me as a kid and Raven is certaintly one of my favourite characters from the series–beaten out only by Beast Boy (who’s getting his own comic soon!). So I definitely wanted to get my hands on this comic and last week I did!

I think my favourite thing about this comic had to be the artwork. That’s probably the artist part of my brain talking but seriously–the art in this comic is beautiful. Gabriel Picolo does some fantastic work:

There are some wonderful moments when the only thing in the panel is part of a character’s face and I was able to follow the emotion or thought anyway. It’s great to see a comic that takes full advantage of the fact that it’s a visual format. Sometimes it’s better to step back from telling the reader everything and let the moment breathe. Especially in the first installment because there’s a lot of ground to cover in terms of set-up; at least for the readers who don’t know Raven or the Titans.

The plot was pretty good too, though it was mostly a teen-high school-drama thing. It did the amnesia trope too. While I understand it’s a convenient way of starting things fresh for the new readers without having to start at the very beginning, but I kind of rolled my eyes at it. It works in terms of a plot point but it’s definitely not original. And of course, when writing a story that takes place in high school, there must be a chapter or two about prom! (Can you hear me rolling my eyes? Needless to say, I did not go to prom). Hearts are won and broken. Friendships are made and lost. Oh, and Satan tries to take over a few minds (well, Trigon does). Just another day in high school, right?

Image from Picolo’s Twitter

The other stuff was cool though–demons and voodoo, the usual. I’d get into more detail about this stuff but I don’t want to give too much away. Just know that it was better than the high school stories.

I didn’t really know what to expect out of this comic except that it would be about Raven so it was a pleasant surprise that it was done as well as it was. DC in general hasn’t been doing right by it’s old characters lately and with the Titans show out I was afraid of what might become of Raven in her comic form. I won’t say that this is my favourite story of Raven’s but I’m excited to see where the story goes from here.


Rating: 4 out of 5.


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