Writer: Jeff Lemire
Artists: Rachel Dodson Terry Dodson
Source: Net Galley
First Publication: November 2014
Publisher: DC Comics
Graphic Novel Challenge #62
A new original graphic novel in DC's popular "Earth One" series, TEEN TITANS: EARTH ONE follows in the tradition of SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE and BATMAN: EARTH ONE, both of which were #1 New York Times bestsellers.
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!
Jeff Lemire caught my attention with his work on various DC titles. One of the first that I remember was his stint on SUPERBOY before the start of the New52. One of the most interesting titles he has written was the FRANKENSTEIN AGENT OF S.H.A.D.E. Definitely worth following.
The Dodsons have worked on numerous titles for various companies. Their smooth lines show some of the same rendering styles used by Adam Hughes.
I had mixed feelings about this one. On one hand I could see where this would appeal to younger fans. The storytelling is solid but not up to the quality I have come to expect from Lemire. It did not have the innovative ideas of his other work. A younger fan who is not as familiar with Lemire or the Titans would enjoy this one. For me, I will stick with the stories written by Marv Wolfman and Geoff Johns. Both did Titans stories more to my liking.
The high point of the story was the art. The Dodsons consistently turn out good work but I thought this was some of their best.