"Raven: Daughter of Darkness #6" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by DC Comics
Written by Marv Wolfman
Illustrated by Pop Mhan
Colored by Lovern Kindzierski
Lettered by Saida Temofonte
2018, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on June 27th, 2018
Daddy's home! The demon Trigon is reaching through into our world to take over and he's ready to crush the soul from Raven's body to do so. Can the faceless girls save her from a painful death? Will that be enough to fight back her father? Raven: Daughter of Darkness reaches the halfway point with one helluva closer.
Trigon's opening attack is literally just reaching his massive arm down towards his daughter. This sounds simple enough, but artist Pop Mhan makes it look like the most menacing and evil act he could do. This is probably because Trigon's skin is peeling off, revealing muscles and then bones, turning this once powerful arm into a gnarled claw. It's creepy to see this thing swoop down to wrap its gruesome fingers around a captive Raven.
Energy crackles around the pair as a portal to another world is being forced open. Lovern Kindzierski's colors heat up the intensity of the scene as yellows and purples swirl around the room. It's like the end of a blockbuster comic book movie where this powerful light is shooting into the air as a harbinger of doom.
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This battle starts simple enough and turns into a massive war through time. The faceless girls, characters that I wasn't too keen on when they were first introduced, come around in an incredible moment that helps tip the scales in Raven's favor. These are the discarded children of Trigon, unable to live for long on their own. Raven is the only one that came through at least somewhat normal, but she needs the help of all her sisters if she's going to face down their father.
Trigon's speech will send shivers down your spine, not just because of his villainous words, but due to Saida Temofonte's letters. You get the sense that his voice is gravely and bellowing. I imagine that when he speaks, you hear it in your mind, not through your ears. It pierces right into your skull with such evil energy.
The climax of the battle is epic in size and scale as all these forces come together to fight back Trigon. It's strong and emotional too, so you get this great mix of action and drama with some solid character moments. Mhan adds some nice details to some of the panels, emphasizing the key elements of the story that led to this monumental showdown.
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While this is all great stuff, the brakes are pumped when we go back to Raven's day-to-day life and the next steps for her recently orphaned friend. This storyline has felt out of place for a bit and I keep thinking that there will be a twist coming, but nothing sinister has happened. It looks like it's just what it appears to be: a message for hope and acceptance, which flows right into a conversation about religion and family between Raven, her mother, and her aunt. It feels rather on the nose here to the point where I thought the “More You Know” logo would fly across the page.
That doesn't take away from the strength of Raven: Daughter of Darkness. Writer Marv Wolfman gives the character some range, making her more than just a moody goth princess. This first half of the maxi-series has her grappling with family, both normal and supernatural, and where she stands in her bizarre family tree. She's not required to follow in the footsteps of her ancestors from either side of the family. Instead, she's blazing her own path and becoming a better person because of it.