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"Raven: Daughter of Darkness #11" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by DC Comics

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Written by Marv Wolfman
Illustrated by Pop Mhan
Colored by Lovern Kindzierski
Lettered by Saida Temofonte
2018, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on January 2nd, 2019


Raven is battling the ancient monsters known as Shadow Riders as they prepare to eliminate most of the human population. These creatures were created to protect mankind from super-powered people called Arcanes, like Raven and the other members of Night Force. This chaos has caused her to ignore and gloss over problems at home, but that may prove to be the most dire situation. Of course, she has to survive long enough to fix those issues.

I'm torn by Raven: Daughter of Darkness #11. On the one hand, it's great to see an epic battle with supernatural powers with the fate of the world at stake. On the other, writer Marv Wolfman presents such a terrifying and tragic twist for Raven's home life with her family, I desperately want to see that explored further as soon as possible.

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Due to Raven's actions, her family has forgotten her. They go into the guest room where she was staying and wonder where all this stuff came from. Could someone have moved into their house without them knowing? Think about how disturbing that is for a second. The only family you really have has completely forgotten you exist. This is glossed over and given a handful of panels in this issue and it feels so much bigger than the already-massive battle going on.

Speaking of which, some of the fight scenes can get a little confusing at times, as you basically have these swirls of supernatural energy clashing across the page. Artist Pop Mhan always keeps this interesting though, especially when highlighting the human elements of the Arcanes and the monstrous side of the Shadow Riders.

These creatures are unnatural in every way. They're like shifting beings made of pure darkness. Colorist Lovern Kindzierski really drives home the feeling that they're from a completely different plane of existence. They do not belong in this world. When the battle reaches its apex, purple energy is flying every which way, ready to consume anyone and everyone that comes in its way.

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Even the Shadow Riders' speech is unnatural. Letterer Saida Temofonte uses jaggedly shaped word balloons when they descend upon Night Force. What's interesting is that the balloons are similar to those used when Raven speaks, clouding the line between good and evil. When she speaks, I imagine a more somber, serious voice than the animalistic tone that comes through with the Shadow Riders.

Raven: Daughter of Darkness has put this character through the ringer, leading the charge against these monsters destined to destroy her just for living. The way the history has been revealed makes you question which side both factions are on. If the Shadow Riders are trying to protect mankind, does that mean the Arcanes are bad guys? The short answer is “no” because the Shadow Riders are advocating what amounts to ethnic cleansing, so that makes it pretty easy to understand what side they're on.


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Art: threeandahalfstars
Overall: 3.5 Star Rating

About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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