In this new, original graphic novel, the young heroes of the Teen Titans never felt like normal kids...but they had no idea how right they were. Their seemingly idyllic Oregon upbringing hides a secret – one that will bring killers, shamans, and extraterrestrials down on their heads, and force them into an alliance that could shake the planet to its foundations! The superstar team of writer Jeff Lemire (ANIMAL MAN, GREEN ARROW) and artist Terry Dodson (WONDER WOMAN, HARLEY QUINN) reinvent DC’s youngest heroes, with an all-new mythos in an all-new world!
Rather than more minor tinkering with the teenaged super-hero team, this graphic novel is a full-scale reboot: what if, in an alternative world, circumstances brought together young people who echo the regular Teen Titans but are totally different people? High school student Victor Stone, for example, finds that parts of his body are turning to metal, so that he becomes a cyborg but not the familiar Cyborg! This new character is one of a group of kids who have special powers because they were created as experiments by nefarious (adult) scientists, using technology from an alien space ship that crashed decades ago. The insensitive adults also have imprisoned a surviving alien child Starfire. Lemire's (Essex County) script exploits teen angst efficiently and with some fresh imagination, while the Dodsons (Wonder Woman) produce lovely art, especially in panels showing Navajo seer Raven. If it's all a formula brave teens vs evil adults it's still one that works for the new readers this is aimed at.
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First Review of a Titans Comic
Well, this is my first review of a Teen Titans comic and another Earth One graphic novel and I have to say, I really enjoyed this one. Not only that, but it's written by Jeff Lemire, who's making a good impression to me. The first thing I read by him was his run on "Green Arrow" for the New 52. But, we'll get to that awesomeness later.
As with the other Earth One graphic novels, it gives us a fresh take on the characters. In the interviews I read by Jeff, he said (and it's kind of an overstatement) that the Titans comics by Marv Wolfman and George Perez was like his Bible as a kid. You can certainly tell that, because it looks like he had fun writing the characters from his childhood, while giving them an original take. A perfect example is Raven, who is also my favorite character in this story, even though we see her in some parts of the story. She's a Navajo descendant who has a gentle heart, and is supposedly destined for great things. I know a lot you will disagree with me, but I like this Raven over the one from the mainstream contuinty. For me, she has a very interesting story ahead of her, seeing there's that destiny she's meant for.
I only have two problems with this book, one of the, being Deathstroke. He's supposed to be one the major villains in the DC Universe, but Lemire underuses him, simply making him a minor villain. His costume also looks kind of awkward, too. The other problem is a minor one. The Earth One books are kind of like watching movies, but this just feels like the pilot to a superhero show. It's not that it's bad, but I would just expect to be like a movie.
But overall, I think "Teen Titans: Earth One" is an enjoyable read. The artwork is good eye candy and while the story is kind of generic, it still feels like a good start to what's destined to be yet another good series from the tales on Earth One.
Great pencils, ok story.
The Judas Contract collected edition was the first comic I ever read, way back in the late 80s, and I fell in and out of love with the Titans ever since, but I like to check in on them every now and again, so I bought this for fun. It’s an interesting reimagining of the formation of the group. The more I think about it, the more I appreciate it. Terry Dodson is always a plus, so I was happy he was involved. I do miss the Wolfman and Perez days, but this was a nice read and pretty to look at. I dont want to give any plot details away, but the actual device they use to bring the group together kind of annoyed me, but it makes sense to me if I remind myself that the audience/newer generation of readers might relate to it easier. I stopped collecting comics about 20 years ago, but I might look into other books in the Earth One series.