Review: Raven #5

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

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

Summary
Raven continues to try and fight The Thing while her family discovers her secret.

Positives
The cover is fantastic. It’s pretty much just a portrait of Raven but it’s incredibly well drawn. The image is striking and simply looks cool.

The interior art is great as usual. The issue features pencils by Diogenes Neves, inks by Ruy Jose and colors by Blond. It all looks great. The faces are expressive and distinct which I like. Blond’s colors give the book a wonderful atmosphere that is engaging.

I like the idea that Raven may have to do something bad in order to do good. If she let herself, she could defeat this entity using the power she inherited from Trigon. But she would be setting him free. I always like the concept that evil is more powerful than good but that power comes with a price. It’s a solid problem for Raven; she has the means to stop this but cannot because of the potential consequences.

Negatives
The story still feels like it’s moving along at a snail’s pace. The ending finally moves the story forward but most of the issue is just Raven banging on the entity and trying to stop people from going in just like the previous issues. Her family finds out she’s a superhero which doesn’t affect hardly anything until the end. There’s wonderful potential for this story but it still feels so padded out.

Verdict
Overall, this is an okay issue mainly because of the art. It is gorgeous and worth the price in my opinion. There are solid moments in the story especially the ending which I do like. However, most of the issue is just spinning its wheels as it has been. Unfortunately, the issue ends up being dull.

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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.