Writer: Marv Wolfman
Artist: Alisson Borges
Publisher: DC Comics
Raven has taken a break from working with the Teen Titans in order to learn more about her human side. This leads her to move to San Francisco staying with her aunt that she had not known about until she was seventeen, who also happens to be a Christian. That’s not exactly the ideal living situation when your father is the Devil. While hoping to maintain a low profile Raven attends a normal high school rather than being homeschooled. Trouble soon follows as she worries someone will recognize her despite creating a new identity.
Marv Wolfman brings us this story that is set between Teen Titans #24 and Teen Titans: Rebirth #1. Despite this being a mini-series, Wolfman took some time to include background information on Raven. This is great for people that aren’t that familiar with her, or that have not read Teen Titans. The story in general is easy to follow. The layout of some pages may be a little difficult for newer readers due to a couple two page spreads.
Blond, a colorist that has worked on many DC titles, has nailed the tonality in this book. That combined with Alisson Borges art you can get a real sense of what emotions are being conveyed from one panel to the next. The contrast between what’s deemed normal life is light when compared to things related to her hidden life. Raven’s real life is a secret that she’s hiding from everyone including her family. They don’t even use her real name. Controlling her powers takes some concentration. Especially at school when she thinks her brothers are trying to track her down. This doesn’t stop her from using them to help one person or creating an illusion as subtle revenge.
Fans of Teen Titans will enjoy this title, as it gives them a more in depth look at one specific character. Raven’s reaction to things that she’s exposed to at her aunt’s and at the high school are relatable. We don’t have any type of super powers, but the nervousness of a new school is something most of us have experienced. Meeting estranged family members for the first time is going to be awkward when you lead a completely different lifestyle. Not everything is serious in this book. There are a few funny moments within the story.
This mini-series has mass appeal to those that follow Teen Titans, and fans of Raven. As someone that is not as familiar with Raven, this book has given me a reason to take interest. It’s an easy way to introduce new readers to an ongoing series like Teen Titans. It’s focusing on one person, rather than dumping a cast of characters on you all at once. One thing I do want is for Marv Wolfman to explain why Raven felt the need to explore her past away from the group. Regardless of how this story plays out over the next few issues, it will be a learning experience for Raven as a character. This could potentially add more depth to her in future stories.