by Clyde Hall. DC Ink is so Raven.

When DC announced a new imprint that focuses on materials designed specifically for reader age groups, we stood to attention. When DC said they’d be using a systematic approach to these new offerings, making it easy to determine for whom the stories and characters are intended, we applauded. And when DC has said their famous superheroes as portrayed in these works won’t be part of ongoing continuity, all to better maintain age-appropriateness while giving creative teams greater range to tell their tales, we could scarcely contain our excitement. Now DC has Inked the deal!

Teen Titans: Raven, the first YA graphic novel from the DC Ink imprint, is available for pre-order now. Expect this to hit your LCS on July 2, 2019. Also expect perfectly blended talents. Bestselling author Kami Garcia, coauthor of the Beautiful Creatures novels, knows a cantrip or two about writing spell-casting characters. One look at fan-favorite artist Gabriel Picolo’s DeviantArt Gallery proves he has the ability to make Raven (and Gar) truly breathe. Combining their considerable abilities for this project is a lock.

This reimagining of the most mystical Teen Titan introduces a young Raven Roth following an accident that claimed the life of her foster mother. It’s also ravaged her memory, leaving considerable gaps. Members of her late foster family take in the seventeen-year-old, meaning a move to New Orleans and a new high school for her Freshman year. Raven struggles with daily tasks; her recollection on making pasta flawless, but her recall regarding favorite songs absent. Bonding with new friends and a foster sister helps in her quest for a normal life. Meanwhile, bizarre things begin to happen around Raven, and a dark power within her slowly rises.

DC Ink has graciously provided us a small sampling of Teen Titans: Raven. To paraphrase GO! Raven, “I think we’re going to get a lot of mileage out of this one.”

From DC Ink: When a tragic accident takes the life of seventeen-year-old Raven Roth’s foster mom—and Raven’s memory—she moves to New Orleans to live with her foster mother’s family and finish her senior year of high school.

Starting over isn’t easy. Raven remembers how to solve math equations and make pasta, but she can’t remember her favorite song or who she was before the accident. When strange things start happening—impossible things—Raven starts to think it might be better not to know who she was in her previous life.

But as she grows closer to her foster sister, Max, her new friends, 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…and the darkness building inside her.

Upcoming DC Ink titles:

  • Mera: Tidebreaker by Danielle Paige, illustrated by Stephen Byrne ($16.99, 9781401283391, April 2, 2019)

Princess Mera is teenage royalty and heir to the throne of Xebel, a penal colony ruled by the other no-so-lost land under the sea, Atlantis. Her father, his court and the entire kingdom are expecting her to marry and introduce a new king. But Mera is destined to wear a different crown….

When Selina Kyle, aka the future Catwoman, becomes homeless, she must confront questions of who she is and who she will become. From Lauren Myracle, the New York Times best-selling author of books like ttfn and ttyl comes the story of a teenage Catwoman, as she struggles to find her own identity while living on the streets of Gotham City.