Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Raven: Daughter of Darkness #4 Review and **SPOILERS**


Writer: Marv Wolfman
Artist: Pop Mhan
Colorist: Lovern Kindzierski
Letterer: Saida Temofonte
Cover: Yanick Paquette and Nathan Fairbairn
Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: April 25, 2018

Hey, it's that time of the month where I helpfully remind you that Raven is, in fact, the daughter of Trigon the Terrible.  Gettin' tired of that gag yet?  Yeah, me too...

Another thing I'm getting tired of?  Raven stories that cannot break from being focused on the fact that her father is Trigon the Terrible.

You know how every issue of this series opens at 2MorrowTek with the Girl with the Anime Eyes... well, it should come as no surprise that this one does to!  It's here that we see all of Raven's imperfect "sisters"... or whatever they are.

Meanwhile, Raven is at Teri's Grandmother's funeral... and if you read last issue, you'll know that Raven's mother decided to attend.  Oddly, Raven's current guardians mention that they considered informing her mother of the funeral in case she might want to attend.  I get that Raven's mom is into "darkness", doom, gloom... all that crap, but why would she want to go to some random girl's grandmother's funeral?  Is she just a funeral enthusiast?  Maybe there's an important plot point from the first Raven mini-series that I'm missing here.

Later on, Raven learns about what made her mother the way that she is.  Ya see, Angela has decided to take Raven "home" with her... and Raven ain't too keen on the idea.  Raven is saddened to see everything her mother went through growing up, though, it really seems like she was just kind of an asshole.  Outside of her being tricked into doing the Trigon tango, there isn't all that much to empathize with.

All throughout, Raven and her mother are being tailed by a Girl with the Anime Eyes... and they're being observed by Baron Winter and his sassy cat and their cable-ready fireplace.

Ya see, the problem with a book like this is... there just isn't all that much to say about it.  I can synopsize (like I just did), but there really isn't all that much happening.  You know how in some stories... even bad ones, you can feel a certain amount of "passion" coming from the writer?  I'm not getting that here.  I cannot believe that we still have eight issues of this left to read.  Hell, I can't believe we've already read four!

Bits and Pieces:

If you ever wanted to learn what made Raven's mother the way she is... look no further, but prepare to be underwhelmed.  Otherwise, there isn't all that much new... or even necessary here.  This feels more and more like a project needing a story, than the other way around.


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