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(Teen Titans #1)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  14,062 ratings  ·  2,387 reviews
When a tragic accident takes the life of 17-year-old Raven Roth's foster mom--and Raven's memory--she moves to New Orleans to recover and finish her senior year of high school.

Starting over isn't easy. Raven remembers everyday stuff like how to solve math equations and make pasta, but she can't remember her favorite song or who she was before the accident. And when impossi
Paperback, 192 pages
Published July 2nd 2019 by DC Ink
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Joel It focuses just on Raven, but there are pretty big hints that this and the upcoming Beast Boy book and presumably unannounced books about other Titans…moreIt focuses just on Raven, but there are pretty big hints that this and the upcoming Beast Boy book and presumably unannounced books about other Titans are going to tie together into a bigger story.(less)

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2.5 stars

A YA retelling of Raven that could have sucked a lot more.
To be honest, I almost DNF'ed it after the first issue because it just seemed stupid to me. I'm not a Raven/Titans expert, but nothing about this story was getting me excited. But then I ran out of shit to read, so I just kept going.
It kind of got better.

Amnesia, high school angst, & voodoo. What's not to love, right?
Anyway, in the first few panels, Raven's adopted/foster mother dies in a car wreck that also takes Raven's memori
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars

Raven is my favorite hero from the DC world (I am a Marvel fan to be honest), I remember the excitement I had when I was in middle school and I wanted to go back home to watch Teen Titans!
That's why I immediately ordered this when I saw it on Edelweiss (Thanks for the publisher for the E-ARC which does not affect my opinions on this).

It is also drawn by Gabriel Picolo who I follow on Twitter and is a fan of!
I feel that rating this is a hard task because it is written by
Reading_ Tam_ Ishly
[✓When I have a daughter, this is the book I will read to let her know what kind of boys she must stay away from at school. Tooooooo cringy. Smooth talker stalker and pukey and the girl just fell for him straightaway. Girl, your character crashed in pieces just like that! This book is one of the most super annoying reads of 2019.

So much was hyped about in the first few pages regarding the past, some unknown magic, a dark world and something mysterious to come up. But heck, once the guy appears e
Jun 11, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I'm not into graphic novels but guysss this is about my babyy RAVENNNNNN!!!!
Julia Sapphire
I received an ARC of this book by DC Ink in exchange for an honest review.

I LOVED THIS!! This story follows a seventeen-year-old girl named Raven. She loses her memory in a car accident that occurred. She now has to start over and live in a foster home, while also experiencing high school.

The art in this was STUNNING! I loved the grey, black, and purple color palette. The illustrations were overall extremely well done and expressive. The romance in this was also really nice! When they were t
Dec 11, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
I'll just start off by saying this isn't Raven from the Teen Titans you know either from cartoons or comics. This is its own thing. Clearly from the foreshadowing in this, Garcia plans to put her own spin on the Teen Titans as a whole. Raven is still the same character at her core though. Her dad is still a demon trying to get into our world by corrupting her. She has similar powers. She's an empath, although I'm not sure Garcia knows what an empath is. She mentions it twice but then Raven's pow ...more
MissBecka Gee
Ugh. Waiting for the next installment is gonna be torture :(
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

"I'm seeing things and hearing voices . . . what if there's something wrong with me?" -- Rachel 'Raven' Roth, page 21

I guess I'm just too much of a fan of voice actress Tara Strong's signature and often humorous vocal fry-styled performance of Raven in the animated Teen Titans and Teen Titans Go! series for this new interpretation to fully win me over. (Obviously it's not the most fair comparison at all, but that's the indelible version of the character kicking around in my mind.) Altho
Mar 01, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

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.

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
Madison Warner Fairbanks
Raven’s back story in graphic novel format. Dark.
Great artwork.
Plenty of high school angst along with the supernatural.

I’ve had this on my shelf from a conference last year. I was asked this week by a teenager why I didn’t read graphic novels. In consideration, I now realize you need to take the time to appreciate the art and realize it’s more serial than encapsulated. Reading to me is a movie or my own visual. A graphic novel has its own artistry that I can appreciate but it’s a different exp
Théo M. (bookswiththeo)
What I liked:

I really liked the art style of this graphic novel, and Raven has always been my favourite of the Teen Titans. It was interesting to see a bit of her backstory.

What I did not like:

The writing was messy, and was pushed far too quickly. There wasn't any character development, and Raven's character which was so original throughout the tv show became a cliché teenager with no depth. I also really did not like the integration of voodoo culture. It was poorly represented and had no connec
Dave Schaafsma
One of the DC Ink series written by Famous YA Authors, and Kami Garcia, author of the wildly popular Beautiful Creatures series, is surely one of those. As with Mera, which I also just read, the author must establish her superhero cred (her Mom made her a Wonder Woman costume for Halloween, which we get to see!). Ah, but then you actually have to write the thing, and for a comics audience.

I am not a Teen Titans reader, so can't judge that connection, really, but this is a story about Raven begi
Jes Reads
Aug 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very fun. As someone who hasn't really delved into DC comics at all I enjoyed Raven. ...more
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received this graphic novel as an e-ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Teen Titans Raven is a graphic novel written by Kami Garcia and illustrated by Gabriel Picolo. It will hit stores on July 2nd, 2019.
Rachel Roth (also called Raven) is a 17-year-old high school sophomore who was involved in a motor vehicle accident (MVA) with her adoptive mother. This results in a chain of events that leads Raven to her aunt, who is a voodoo priestess, and her cousin Max, who also possesses
Nov 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.7 stars.

If you had read other Kami Garcia's YA novels before, you will see a lot of familiar elements : New Orleans, voodoo myth, witchcraft, new girl in a new school, prom night, etc. If you are okay with these and you can tolerate typical teen's romance and school drama (haha, Queen Bee! Every school has to have a few of them...), I think you will be alright. Plus the artwork is nice too.

The story itself is clean-cut with a few nice twists and turns, I like how friendship among girls and rel
Nana Spark
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
One word to describe this book: underwhelming.

I've been following the artist on Instagram for a while and really become a fan of their "modernized" Teen Titans artwork. When the artist (@_picolo) announced that he was officially illustrating a comic for DC's character Raven, I was beyond hyped. However, I think I hyped up myself a bit too much cuz this comic was laaaaaame.

The beginning was really great. It starts off with a car crash that kills Raven's mom and makes all her memories disappear. I
Rod Brown
May 04, 2019 rated it liked it
More like 2.5 stars, but I'll round up because I liked the last few pages.

Since I first read her debut back in 1980 (She's 39? Doesn't look a day over 17 here.), Raven has not had much of a personality, so it was nice to see someone at least try to make her human. The writing is a little cliched -- starting with the amnesia storyline, for instance -- and the art a little rough in places, but I'd pick up a second volume if one came along, which is more than I can say for the Super Sons: The Polar
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq
Actual Rating: 4.5 stars

Fantastic YA graphic novel with the backstory of Raven from Teen Titans! It's compelling, rooted in realistic teenage angst and coming to terms with identity, family, and love. There is diversity in terms of race and sexuality among the characters, themes of found family and sisterhood, plus a strong dose of magical spirituality, New Orleans style. A lot of fun, and I hope we get another volume continuing Raven's adventures! This is definitely one of my favorites in this
The artwork was good.
The story was not bad; I just felt like I was missing something. Both her foster mother and Raven knew what she was but it was never shown how it was discovered. Maybe there will be a prequel someday.
It starts off with Raven's Foster mother dying the day before she is supposed to adopt her. Raven loses her memory and the rest of the story is of her trying to remember who she is and what is making her the way she is. Tons of teenaged angst. I think I will probably pass on t
Layla (Between the Lines)
I can't be the only one with a fat girl crush on her, right? Forever wishing Raven was my goth girlfriend.

In any case, Gabriel's art is impeccable as always. I just wish there was a little more to the story. I still recommend this though. Especially if you're a fan of the Teen Titans.
Kind of rushed and all over the place, but the artwork's really beautiful !! ...more
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My husband is a big time comics fan and has been for 40+ years. He has a rather extensive collection and knows the background story and facts about almost every character. DC, Marvel, Indy.....he's read them all. I enjoy comics, too. But I'm definitely playing catch up when it comes to my knowledge base. I wasn't allowed to read comic books (unless they featured Disney characters) as a child. My mother didn't approve of them. Fifteen years ago when I married my husband, suddenly I was surrounded ...more
Marnie  (Enchanted Bibliophile)
You don't have to share the same parents to be sisters...
Just the same hear.


Disclaimer: I did not know the original Raven. This is our first introduction, and I am aware that it is a retelling.

I enjoyed this introduction to Raven and the Teen Titans by Kami Garcia.
Heartbreakingly, awesome Kami gives this story a different twist. Rachel has an almost adoptive mom, who tragically dies. She End up with her adoptive mother’s sister and daughter.
She still has to fight her demons, but she now has he
Autumn Byrd
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Other creators involved in the making of this graphic novel include: Illustration by Gabriel, Jon Sommariva, and Emma Kubert, coloring by David Calderon, and lettering by Tom Napolitano

Content/Trigger Warnings: Death of a parent/loved one, bullying, minor homophobia


After a horrible accident taking more than her memories, 17-year-old Rachel Roth moves to New Orleans to recover from the accident and finish her last year of high school. Things are never that simple though. Starting over and
Shreya Karnati
The art was really cool. The story was a little slow and nothing much really happened until the end. I don't know a lot about Raven so it was nice to read about a new character. I want to see where the story goes in the next book because there were still a lot of loose ends. ...more
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*this review contains strong bias*

Ok let's preface with this - I'm a Teen Titans fan. From the age of 13, I was in love with the CN show, comics and all the graphic novels - so this review is coming from someone who supports (most) Teen Titans content through and through. The first few pages of this book made me tear up, I felt like I was seeing an old friend again. (Yes, I know I sound a bit mad. Anyone who has had a long and unwavering obsession with something, especially something that helped
Lizzy (Bent Bookworm)
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Teen Titans: Raven was fun and entertaining, even if you have next to zero knowledge of the world of Teen Titans. I've never seen any of the TV show/movie, and can count on one hand the number of comics I've read in general. I still thoroughly enjoyed this coming-of-age story for one of the main characters from Teen Titans. The plot is very basic, but it answers the story of how Raven came to be who she is and the awakening of her powers we
Ann (annreads)
*I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review. Thanks DC Comics for sending me a copy!*

Even though I didn’t have previous knowledge of Raven‘s origin, (I only knew her from the old Cartoon Network show), I didn’t have any trouble following what was happening and I actually really enjoyed the story! This book gave us a first glimpse of Raven copping with the lost of her mother, and having to adapt to her new life after everything than happened. Overall, this one was such a fun-quick read,
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Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2-stars
2/5 stars

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L. McCoy
Well, it wasn’t nearly as bad as that YA Harley Quinn disaster I read earlier this year (though that would be pretty damn hard) but it wasn’t a favorite.
So unlike most YA books I’ve read, I actually liked the characters, they are more interesting and less annoying than I expect YA characters to be (it probably helps that this author is actually a fan of Raven, she didn’t just slap something together and put a DC character’s name on it because money). The story itself is actuall
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Kami Garcia is a #1 New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author. She is the coauthor of the BEAUTIFUL CREATURES series, which has been published in 51 countries and 37 languages, with over 10 million copies in print. In 2013, Beautiful Creatures released as a feature film from Warner Brothers. Kami is a cofounder of the YALLFEST kid lit book festival and the author of five solo ...more

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