And Then I Read: RAVEN #2

Image © DC Entertainment. Written by Marv Wolfman, art by Alisson Borges, color by Blond, letters by A Larger World.

While Raven stays with her Aunt Alice on the west coast, she’s attending a new high school there where new friends have been made, and new threats uncovered. An evil force is rising that’s having unexpected effects on Raven’s own powers, pulling her into troubling dreams. When the force erupts in the streets of the city, Raven tries to help, but is unable to prevent her friends from being drawn into the hypnotic glowing energy.

I want to like this book. I do like the writing, but the art is proving too difficult a hurdle for me. I’ve never been a fan of anime, and that look comes and goes here with no rhyme or reason. At times Raven looks fairly close to the cover image, at others she’s a Japanese cartoon child. This keeps throwing me out of the story. The interactions between Raven and her new high school friends are kind of fun, but the action scenes lose me, and I don’t care for the new costume, either. This book is not aimed at me, and may well be popular with younger readers, but I have to say I won’t be reading more.

Not recommended.

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