ARC Review: Teen Titans: Earth One Vol. 1

Teen Titans: Earth One Vol. 1
Teen Titans: Earth One Vol. 1 by Jeff Lemire
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Release date: November 25, 2014

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!

I normally never read DC comics (or Marvel) because I am more into manga. But the fact that this was Teen Titans got me interested. It was my favorite animation series when I was younger and I was intrigued by the reboot. It’s kind of like an origin story for each of the Titans, but the story has been changed considerably (well, reboot) and the plot-line was pretty good.

The teens who would become the Titans are living in a small town, unaware of the latent alien grafts in them, which get activated when Starfire increases the extent of her powers and reaches out to them telepathically. Raven, living somewhere in the Navajo desert, is also aware of her call. The other kids start changing, experiencing the new terror that their powers bring and band together to go help Starfire. In the process, they learn the truths about their past and their ‘parents’. Quite heart-breaking, that one, especially for Beast Boy. Jericho was an unexpected surprise.

As far as the plotlines go, this one was pretty interesting. As for the art, well, I felt it a bit exaggerated. They were drawn to look older than teens, in my opinion. Raven and Starfire, particularly, look older than 16. Besides the characters, the other elements like background were well done, and it makes for an impressive artwork. Will be following this series.

Received an ARC from DC comics via Edelweiss. This in no way affects my opinion or review.

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