(I am so behind on my reviews here, but I guess it was good luck since I can return now that cbr11bingo is in swing – speaking of which, this is my entry for “ILLUSTRATED.”)
This is my latest read from the DC graphic novels for young readers, and it was another good one!
When a car accident leaves Raven Roth grieving her foster mother, she is also left with no memory of herself and is moved to New Orleans with her foster mother’s family to recover. Raven can remember some basic stuff – how to cook, school stuff, but she doesn’t have a clear idea of who she is as a person. It’s her senior year of high school, and she not only doesn’t know any of her classmates, but she has no idea what led her to where she is now. Her new foster family is nice, and she meets a pretty great guy who authentically likes her. But she is also having some strange episodes. She seems to be able to make things happen from thought alone. Someone from her past is trying to connect with her – but that someone is pretty menacing. And she’s pretty sure her foster sister and new mom are hiding something. Everything in her life is a mystery – but she’s not sure everything is a mystery she’d like to solve.
I have no prior knowledge of Teen Titans so I came to this super-fresh. I liked it a lot! The book was a solid YA title (as opposed to the tween-leaning books in DC Zoom), but it didn’t have much mature content or language so it’s still accessible to older kids and tweens who want something a little more sophisticated. The artwork by Gabriel Picolo is great: Consistent character looks, clean lines but some swagger. And nice pacing to Raven’s emerging powers. After Mariko Tamaki’s Harley Quinn title, this is my next favorite so far.