[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]
Writer: Marv Wolfman
Artist: Pop Mhan
Colors: Lovern Kindzierski
Letters: Saida Temofonte
A band of mysterious assassins have the supernatural heroes of the DC Universe in their crosshairs! Who is behind it? Baron Winters recruits a very reluctant Raven to find out…and to stop them! But can he convince her to join his all-new Night Force?
We are introduced to a new villain within the first few panels, one that leaves havoc in her wake, Fauna Faust, who also has a legacy deep in magic and the underworld but one who sees herself as the best yet, as she brings with her the Shadow Riders. In another scene, Wolfman provides a bit of fan service as Raven uses her powers to find an answer to a test. He uses this scene to make Raven feel more relatable to the reader. She may have powers, but she may not be smart enough to pass this particular test. We also meet up with 2MorrowTek as Raven finds her injured, and uses her powers to mask her face so that she may be treated at a hospital without unneeded questions.
In this issue, Baron Winters and Merlin warn Raven about someone killing arcane, and she may be next as the book turns quickly into a murder mystery, reminding me very much of a Harry Dresden novel. We also get a history of how supernatural beings came to be on Earth and how they have permeated society for thousands of years. We are also introduced to a new character, Traci Thirteen, as she is arcane and Baron Winters’ best answer to find out who is killing them.
Lastly, Baron Winters is forming a team, first Raven, then Traci Thirteen, and at the end of this issue, Skye, an air elemental, pushing a story that feels like the beginning of a super team book.
There are no negatives worth mentioning in this issue.
This issue gives readers what continues to sound like an exciting story and what should be an ongoing series instead of just a 12-issue miniseries. The book has all the potential to fill the void left by Gotham Academy and Magik U, as it has compelling characters, an interesting plotline and a whole universe separate from the main continuity.