Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Raven: Daughter of Darkness #10 Review and **SPOILERS**

Raven Don't know much a-bout His-tor-y...
or France... or any of that.

Writer: Marv Wolfman
Artist: Pop Mhan
Colorist: Lovern Kindzierski
Letterer: Saida Temofonte
Cover Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: November 28, 2018

*tap tap* Is this thing on?

Really?  Raven's still a thing that's coming out every month?  I'd have sworn it was just a collective nightmare... and, if we can all agree to that fact... we won't have to cover it anymore!

Ehhh, only two to go... let's get on with it!

This issue of Raven is called "Answers", and it is centered on one of the members of the new Night Force being revealed as actually being one of the "first-born" of the Shadow Riders... we also learn a thing or two about Baron Winters and Wintersgate.  It's here that I'd usually make a comment like "This would have been interesting, had we learned it several issues ago"... but, no!  It wouldn't have been interesting then either.

For a book that's (hopefully) cruising toward its conclusion... we get a scattering of scenes which I fear might serve as a "hook" for a future series.  Revisiting past places... like the San Francisco Earthquake and seeing the Raven who went there back in issue, what was it, two?  Why?  Hell, upon realizing where they're at, Raven herself says "San Francisco?  Not Again."  Took the words right out of my mouth!

Raven's chickens come home to roost around the halfway point of the issue... she has to answer to her guardians about her poor performance at school (riveting stuff, ain't it?).  Damning with faint praise, it's probably the strongest part of the issue.  At least I didn't want to snap the tablet in half as I was reading it.

The thing about this... this whole series, really... is that it's a Baron Winters book.  Raven's name is only there to put butts in the seats (and not very many at that!).  Looks like Marv just wanted really badly to write a Night Force book (really badly).  Anytime Raven and the Baron aren't on panel together... they're talking about or searching for one another.  It's redundant.

I mean, in reading and reviewing this book over the last year (!), I've really wanted to like it... because it is Marv Wolfman, who is probably in my personal Top-Five of comics writers.  This series though?  I'm having a hard time reconciling in my head that this is the same guy who wrote all of those amazing New Teen Titans stories.  This is just so bland and meandering... and the characters all come across like jerks.  I get that Baron Winters is supposed to be a jerk... but, bubba... you're getting the wrong kind of heat.  This isn't "I hate this guy" heat, it's the "get him the hell outta this comic before I throw up" kind!

Bits and Pieces:

I have a difficult time even calling this book "bad" anymore... it's almost too dull to even form an opinion about.  Thankfully we're nearing the end.  The art is nice too.


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