RAVEN: DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS #10 by Marv Wolfman, Pop Mhan, Lovern Kinderzierski, Sadia Temofonte, Ashley Witter, Michael McCalister, Marie Javins, and Joey Cavalieri
Marv Wolfman does well showing minor character development and emotional distress; however, overall RAVEN: DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS #10 fell flat on interest. Pop Mhan seems to have taken a different approach on his art by making it more up close and personal. Overall, the current comic was just okay.
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The past returns to the present, we travel through time (sort of), and Raven battles with telling her family about her powers in RAVEN: DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS #10. Overall, this issue seems to be underwhelming in the grand scheme of RAVEN: DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS. There’s a little bit of good secondary character development and emotional struggle, but not enough to live up to previous issues Marv Wolfman’s done. However, Pop Mhan continues to deliver on the artistic side of things especially with Black Alice and the Shadow Riders.

Invasion Of The Shadow Riders

RAVEN: DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS #10 starts off right where we left off from RAVEN: DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS #9 with the Night Force chased down at Wintersgate. The typical point made by Raven is that Baron lied about something. To escape, the Baron merely changes what time period the Night Force is in. Baron explains that he and Wintersgate do not exist in a specific time. In fact, he and Wintersgate defy laws of physics.

Later, we suddenly switch to Uruguay where Black Alice hands Skye over to the Shadow Riders. We find out that Skye needs her memories back and that she, too, is a Shadow Rider. Lastly, Raven returns to her aunt and uncle where they scold her for disappearing. Raven struggles to tell them the truth about her powers, so instead, she makes her aunt and uncle forget the conversation and flies into the night, devastated.

Emotional Struggles In RAVEN: DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS #10

Some of the characters in RAVEN: DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS #10 go through some hard times. Robert struggles with being away from his husband and feeling forced to participate in the war between the Night Force and the Shadow Riders. Skye has to experience denying who/what she really is, is scared out of mind being left with a Shadow Rider, and is then forced to remember what she was created for. That’s some emotionally traumatic stuff.

Lastly, Raven, as mentioned, struggles to tell her family the truth about her powers. Why keep that hidden for so long? Granted, they could react very negatively; however, she does have the ability to manipulate people’s thoughts. Though it’s not the condonable decision, there has to be a way for her to come clean. Wouldn’t her aunt and uncle accept her for who she is? We’ll have to see.

RAVEN: DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS #10 page 2. Image courtesy of DC Entertainment.

An Overall Look At The Progression In RAVEN: DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS #10

I’d have to say, this issue is the most underwhelming so far in the series. Yes, starting right where we left off was great and our characters having emotional struggle should not be discounted. However, we already know the purpose of the Shadow Riders from the previous issue. The reader already knows the history of the Shadow Riders and that they are out to destroy all the arcanes. Having this repeated does not add new information to the plot, it simply fills the gap between little bits of new experiences and information. The only part of the history that was left out was the fact Skye birthed generations of Shadow Riders. Otherwise, again, it’s all the same, just different imagery.

Also, the lack of recognition when it comes to Jonathan Middleton as his Shadow Rider character kind of sucks. He seems to have a larger part to play and him being mentioned on a whim makes me wonder what is going on with his character, and not in a good way.

Intimate And Up-Close Art Shines In RAVEN: DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS #10

Pop Mhan’s artwork shines in a different light. He seemed to focus his attention on being up close and intimate with our characters. For example, when Skye slowly turns back to her original form, we see her in anguish, her eyes change color, and her skin grows dark and shadowy. Mhan uses the up close and personal choice best after Raven uses her powers on her aunt and uncle before she disappears again. The fight was verbally intense, and Raven believed it was best to lie to her family instead of telling the truth. You could tell how conflicted she was as she flew away with a look of guilt. That moment was so emotional that this reader was feeling kind of sad.

RAVEN: DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS #10 page 5. Image courtesy of DC Entertainment.

Will We Pick Up The Pace In RAVEN: DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS #11?

After reading RAVEN: DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS #10, I’m hoping for a more interesting plot come next issue. There needs to be more action happening, more information given, or something. While I’m a devout fan of this series, this current issue was lacking. Will we see more on Skye? What about Jonathan, what role does he really play in the story? What will Raven do now that she’s manipulated her family’s memories again? Will there be war? Who knows — let’s just stay tuned and find out next time! Look out for RAVEN: DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS #11 in 2019!

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