[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]
Writer: Marv Wolfman
Artist: Pop Mhan
In this all-new miniseries, Raven faces a new, otherworldly menace that is all too grounded in reality. Plus, Raven’s personal life is in an uproar as her mother and aunt struggle for the soul of a Titan! It’s up to Baron Winters of the Night Force to intercede on her behalf as she embarks on the adventure called “The Girls With the Anime Eyes”!
The story feels from the onset like the beginning of a Tales from the Crypt episode, as the eeriness that this character’s history evokes is very present. This story gives the reader a different look at Raven, as we get to see her as a normal teenager who is trying to fit in, despite being extraordinary. We also get to see Raven in action as she picks off an elite group of soldiers using not only her powers, but her wits. As Raven fights Trigon’s illusions, she meets someone who also needs her help, The Girl with Anime Eyes, which puts Raven as the hero, which is a completely different look for the character.
The art by Mhan leaves much to be desired, as it harkens back to a bygone era, which would be charming in another book, but considering this character’s millennial appeal, just feels out of place.
This is definitely one to pick up as, though it has many things going on, I feel Wolfman has some pleasant surprises ahead for the reader.