Review: Raven #2

[Editor’s note: This review may contain spoilers.]

Writer: Marv Wolfman
Artists: Alisson Borges & Blond

Summary
Raven further investigates people being kidnapped by a mysterious entity.

Positives
The cover by Mike McKone and Rod Reis is amazing. The background is especially cool. It matches the tone of the book well even though the style is completely different.

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The interior art is drawn by Alisson Borges and colored by Blond; I love it. It is wonderful work. It feels appropriate for the age demographic being depicted but still has an eerie atmosphere. Blond’s colors are really effective; it’s a fantastic book to look at.

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Marv Wolfman characterizes Raven well. Her narration is one of my favorite parts of the book with her giving factoids about herself. Her typical angst is still there but there is also a fun personality that makes sense given her age.

Negatives
I feel like a lot does not happen in this issue. Some of the mystery is kind of intriguing and all of the kids walking into that big blue ball is kind of creepy. This issue is a lot of set up and it’s a little dull. I’m just not invested in the events of the story. I am invested in Raven as a character but that’s pretty much it.

Verdict
This is an okay issue. The art is great and I like how Raven is written. However, the actual plot is fairly dull and just not engaging me in any way. I recommend waiting for the trade on this one.

3outof5

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Sean Blumenshine

I am currently a senior at Wichita State University studying communications. I started reading comics in 2013 because of how much I loved Man of Steel and season one of Arrow. My favorite hero is the Green Arrow and my favorite villain is the Joker.