September 20, 2019 by TinyNavajo
Teen Titans: Raven by Kami Garcia, illustrated by Gabriel Picolo
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*Published July 2, 2019*
I found out about this book because of the illustrator, Gabriel Picolo. I follow him on Instagram. He is a wonderful illustrator, and he does modern redraws of the Teen Titans. I love them and him so much! So, when this comic came to my library system, I placed it on hold right away!
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 impossible things start happening, Raven begins to think it might even be better not to know who she was before.
But as she grows closer to her new friends, her foster sister, Max, and Tommy Torres, a guy who accepts her for who she is now, Raven has to decide if she’s ready to face what’s buried in the past…and the darkness building inside her.
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Kami Garcia and first-time graphic novel artist Gabriel Picolo comes this riveting tale of finding the strength to face who you are and learning to trust others–and yourself.
When Rachel Roth (Raven) is in a car crash and loses all of her memories from before, she is thrown through a loop and seeks to find out who she was before the crash. In doing so, she goes to live with her foster mother’s sister, and her cousin. Once there, Raven strives to now only remember who she was before the car crash but who she is now and what the heck is going on with her.
I think what I love most about this book are the illustrations. They are beautiful and I love how Gabriel Picolo colored them in mostly black and white with just a few hints of blue and purple to highlight what he believes to be important. I also love that Kami Garcia was able to breathe new life into the character that is Raven. We see Raven as most would see her, as a teen; but this teen is just finishing high school and starting to figure out who she is and what she can do.
We also see that she is a normal teenager, she just wants to fit in, but her powers start to manifest and her new guardian learns that Raven needs to keep her emotions under control, it seems like the end. A teenager is made of nothing but emotions! How was she to keep them under control when she didn’t even know how to keep them under control?
Kami Garcia and Gabriel Picolo bring Raven Roth to life. They make her relatable and sympathetic as she works out how to move forward without knowing her past. I’m excited for the next book as well!
What do you think of new authors creating new storylines for old characters? Do they work, or do you wish to know only what the original creators have written? Comment below and let me know!