Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Raven #4 Review and **SPOILERS**

Daddy Issues

Writer: Marv Wolfman
Artist: Alisson Borges
Penciller: Diogenes Neves
Inker: Ruy Jose
Colorist: Blond
Letterers: A Larger World
Cover Artists: Jorge Jimenez and Blond
Cover Price: $2.99
On Sale Date: December 21, 2016


She broods in her bedroom all day long
Thinking ‘bout her poppa and singing this song
All the teeny-boppers at the San Francisco wharf
Love to hear that demonic magic go off

Rockin’ Raven,
Rock, Rock,
Rockin’ Raven,
Go, Rockin’ Raven
‘Cause Trigon’s gonna kill us all tonight!

Explain It!

So that growing, glowy thing down by the San Fransico Wharf, the one that was possessing people and forcing them to enter an endless carnival of tortures and horrors? It’s still there. It’s still sucking people into it and scaring the bejeezus out of them. The authorities and news organizations are on the scene, but it’s not like they can do anything. There’s even a gut-wrenching scene of someone trying to save their sibling or whatever, and…well, he doesn’t. Over at Lincoln Memorial Hospital Raven is tweaking out because her soul self is traipsing around somewhere. Doctors are about to dose her with a sedative, thereby knocking her unconscious and subjecting the world to the evil whims of Raven’s dad Trigon the Literal Satan, but Raven thinks of her bubbly new buddy Antt and is able to snap out of her freak-out before being poked. By virtue of being there, Madison’s figured out that her pal Rachel is really Raven of the Teen Titans, which is probably less immediately important than the ransom being demanded of City Hall by some spandex suit-wearing terrorists.
Oh, forgot about them, did you? They still claim responsibility for the big white orb, and they still want five billion dollars from San Francisco’s coffers. After knocking out Madison and Antt with wome niceness magic, Raven takes off after the terrorists. She quickly discovers that they have about as much to do with the murderous light show as I do with personal hygiene. Raven uses her powers to scare these dopes into wetting themselves, but stops just short of mashing them into jam smears when she feels her Trigon sense tingling. This causes her to reflect on her beautiful, mundane life, when she is shocked out of her reverie and levitated over to the Wharf with a bunch of other nearby unfortunates! But before she can be sucked into the glowing mass with the rest of the gang, she bangs up against the side, barred from entry, as a voice booms “NO…NOT NOW…SOON…” Well, what was the fucking point of that?!
And that’s it! Another issue in the can and we’re essentially no further along than two issues ago, save for the fact that more people have been subsumed by this light bulb and Raven is BFFs with Antt, I suppose…we’ll find out when Antt wakes from her coma, if she ever does. Though the absence of the Justice League is mentioned at the beginning of the book, it just doesn’t stand to reason that such a big calamity as this wouldn’t be attended to my some other hero by now. This miniseries is titled “the White Carnival” but we understand as much about said carnival of terrors and nightmares now as we did two issues ago. Art and plotting is great, indeed I wonder if this story got a carnival shoehorned into it due to the artist’s existing proclivity drawing fairground rides. Whatever the case, the story isn’t interesting enough to warrant a look.

Bits and Pieces:

Raven is back in action! And by that, I mean she kind of farts around for the whole issue and there's not a lot of development.


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