Release Day Review: Teen Titans: Earth One Vol. 1 by Jeff Lemire, Terry Dodson (Illustrator)

Teen Titans: Earth One Vol. 1Teen Titans: Earth One Vol. 1 by Jeff Lemire

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Pretty cool retelling of the Teen Titans’ origin story.
These Earth One books have been hit-or-miss for me, so I went into this hopeful, but not salivating. Earth One titles (in case you aren’t familiar with them) are basically What If stories, that re-imagine the beginnings of some of DC’s most iconic characters. They don’t fit into the continuity of the regular DC universe, so the authors can kind of do whatever they want, without it causing ripple effects.

First off, for all the fans out there who have been screaming bloody murder over Starfire’s over-sexualization in some of other titles?
You can officially put down your torches and pitchforks. The majority of this book, you only see her eyes (sort of), and when you finally do see her, she’s wrapped up in cloth from the neck down.
Like a mummy!

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Sorry, that image just made me giggle, so I thought I’d share.

Ok. In this story, most of the (eventual) Teen Titans (Cyborg, Terra, Beast Boy, and Jericho) meet in high school.
Two exceptions.
Starfire, whose alien DNA has been used for experiments, and is currently in stasis at a lab.
And Raven, who’s not the daughter of a demon in this one, but a Native American with somewhat undefined powers.
The other four kids are seemingly normal teenagers until they all start hearing Starfire’s voice n their heads, asking for help. The voice triggers the different latent powers in each of them to go into some sort of hyper-drive.
Except Jericho.
He seemingly remains a normal kid.
Hmmmm.

The plot reminded me of Kelley Armstrong’s young adult trilogy, Darkness Rising. In that one, a group of teenagers lived in a isolated town, blissfully unaware that the company their parents work for had been injecting them with stuff that eventually gives them supernatural powers.
An experimental town, so to speak.
Now, I’m not suggesting that Jeff Lemire ripped-off a young adult series. I doubt he’s ever even heard of it. But if you know the plot of those books, then you’ll understand the comparison.
The kids in Earth One are also ‘experiments‘, and are unaware of the part their parents played in their new abilities. Now they’ve gotta go on the run, search for answers, yadda, yadda, yadda.

The Terry Dodson’s art fits with the feel of the book. It’s got a cartoony vibe to it, without being weirdly exaggerated. Good stuff.
And this is really just sort of silly, but I’m wondering if anyone else thought the dark haired chick on the cover was Amanda Waller? Maybe because I’d been looking at a tiny cover on my computer, but I was actually surprised to realize that it was Raven.

Overall, I liked this one, and I’m interested in seeing where they go with this story.

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