Review: Raven #4

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

Writer: Marv Wolfman
Artists: Alisson Borges, Diogenes Neves, Ruy Jose & Blond

Summary
Raven has to battle her soul self while still trying to figure out the mystery of the entity.

Positives
The cover by Jorge Jimenez is amazing. It’s a really nice portrait of Raven with wonderful art and colors.

The interior art features a little work by Alisson Borges but the issue is mostly done by Diogenes Neves, Ruy Jones and Blond. Neves is on pencils with inks by Jose and colors by Blond. The team does a great job. I like that the battle with Raven’s soul self has a different style and feel to it. The color scheme even changes but it works in the issue’s favor and the section is just as gorgeous as the rest. Everything looks amazing.

I like that Raven is a public figure. Apparently, there was a Time Magazine article on the Teen Titans that gave away a lot of information about Raven. It’s funny and very weird at the same time. The idea is a little touch that I like quite a bit.

Negatives
The story is still not engaging me. Outside of the art, nothing really sticks out as interesting. I was really bored throughout the issue which is unfortunate. I think it’s a pacing issue; I feel like nothing is accomplished in this issue. We still have no idea what this entity is and nothing really happens character wise that necessitates this being an entire issue on its own. I really think this story is being dragged out.

Verdict
This is is an okay issue. It is certainly worth checking out for the art which is incredible. But the story is too dragged out and it isn’t engaging. I’m bored and I feel like I shouldn’t be. I recommend waiting for the trade on this one.

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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.