Teen Titans: Earth One Volume One
Release Date: OUT NOW!
144 pages | Hardback/ ebook Publisher: DC Comics Writer: Jeff Lemire Artists: Terry Dodson, Rachel Dodson
DC hasn’t exactly been cracking the whip as far as the Earth One graphic novels go – this latest release in the series is only the fourth to appear since 2011, and the first in over two years. Conceived as self- contained, accessible reboots for the bookstore market, critical acclaim for previous Earth One volumes has been patchy but they’ve been financial successes, so it makes sense to broaden the series out from Superman and Batman- based titles with DC’s popular team of youthful heroes.
Making sweeping changes from the official DC origin story, this opening adventure brings the Titans together as a group of disaffected Oregon- based teens who start experiencing strange alien visions. These spark off a series of bizarre transformations, as they each discover new abilities that also throw them into direct conflict with their parents, who’ve known about their potential superpowers for a very long time, setting the scene for a battle between the younger and older generations,…
Writer Jeff Lemire keeps the action engaging and the characters relatable, even if he can’t disguise the almighty debt the plot owes to Brian K Vaughan’s Marvel teen saga Runaways. The art from Terry and Rachel Dodson is cartoonier than their normal style but enjoyable all the same, and there’s a healthy mix of emotive drama and superhero action. This first volume isn’t quite a must- read, but it does sets up an entertaining story while also hinting at promising directions to come.
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