Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Raven: Daughter of Darkness #3 Review and **SPOILERS**

The Stricken City

Raven: Daughter of Darkness #3
"Into the Fire"
Writer: Marv Wolfman
Artist: Pop Mhan
Colorist: Lovern Kindzierski
Letterer: Saida Temofonte
Cover Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: March 28, 2018

With this issue we are officially one-quarter through Raven: Daughter of Darkness.

What's the over-under on Trigon mentions this issue?  I'm going with... no less than a dozen.

We pick up where we left off... actually, where we left off for the past two issues!  If you recall, Raven was being attacked by a tentacled beast.  Well, if you forgot... you're not the only one, because as we open there be no octopus, squid, cephalopod, nor gastropod to be seen!  Instead, Raven is being attacked by a(nother?) girl... with the Anime Eyes!

Raven is later sent through time and space by peeping creep Baron Winters... arriving in San Francisco on the fateful day of April 18, 1906... the day of "the Big One".  Raven looks on, helpless while the city crumbles around her.  She is able to sooth the pain of some Friscans (I'm sorry) but cannot stop the tragedy from occurring.

Raven is eventually able to return to Wintersgate... crawling in through the fireplace the Baron and his big kitty Merlin sit and watch.  The only... uh, word... Merlin can say upon seeing Raven is "Grrrrlll", which makes me think Merlin's got the voice of that lady from the old Pine Sol commercials.

Have I mentioned that Raven is the daughter of Trigon the Terrible yet?  Because she totally is... and we get yet another issue where Trigon is the straw that stirs the drink.  Raven herself even comments, "Trigon?  Why does everything involve my father?"... she actually says that!  Which begs the question... why does everything involve her father?  Is she not a fully fleshed out character?  Is she incapable of "carrying" a limited series?  Has, in her nearly four-decades of existence, nobody given a thought to Raven besides her being "the daughter of Trigon the Terrible"?!

Anyhoo... it's here that we learn the secret of the Girl(s) With the Anime Eyes... and their connection to, say it with me... Trigon the Terrible.  Thankfully (I guess), Trigon's not the only parental unit Raven will be dealing with for the next few issues, because... Momma's back!

Bits and Pieces:

When our main character has to ask why all of her stories must involve her father... we might have a problem.  We do get a bit of forward momentum here, though I still have no idea how we're going to get another nine issues out of this.


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