Teen Titans: Raven by author Kami Garcia, Illustrations Gabriel Picolo
Teen Titans: Raven is a manga like comic book in a series of standalones for DC’s Teen Titans. It’s more book-like than a standard comic book trade and the art is simplistic.There are additional Teen Titan companion books including one for Beast Boy.
Raven is a high schooler who has just lost her mother and her memory in a terrible car accident. She goes to live with an old friend of her mother’s and her teenage daughter. Amnesia is a strangely common trope used in books considering I’ve never once come across it in real life. It’s just an easy story telling narrative.
She attempts to remember who she is and starts to realize that she has some kind of telekinetic powers. She’s an empath and can read people’s thoughts and feelings as well as control some actions with her mind.
She has a dark family history that will be uncovered as the book goes on. She also finds out the interesting secrets of her adopted family.
Along the way she is protected by a raven shadow, a manifestation of her soul power.
With all of this supernatural craziness going on Raven still manages to find time for boy drama. She starts to develop feelings and he seems to like her back! Of course nothing is ever that cut and dry in high school.
Raven is the story about discovering who you are during the age you are truly the most vulnerable. Raven has the advantage of not fully remembering who she was already or what path she was on so she gets to start somewhat fresh.
The direction she is heading now though is solid. She is strong. She understands the importance of independence from toxic relationships and strengthening the good ones. She is a great role model for young women (and men) everywhere.
With all of that said, I am no longer the target demographic for this book. It is definitely aimed for a younger audience than me and I believe I would have loved it when I was goth teenager but as an adult it’s just alright.
I definitely recommend it for the younger audience, I think it will strongly resonate with teens and young adults. If you’re not a teen or a young adult it is still worth a read and it’s a nice quick one at that.
Enjoy this story about a woman who discovers that her emotions shouldn’t have to be repressed, they are way more powerful when they’re experienced.
3/5 penguins, wanted ravens but this emoji panel only has so many birds so penguins it is 🐧🐧🐧
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