Raven - Mini Series

I have NOT read it. I don't care when it came out either, though :nod

Apparently, I've anticipated readings on my Favorite Titan, but then again, I don't bother with it (mixed feelings) even after it comes out.

Spoiler: Best review
blok said:
First the positive.

1. The advertisements were nice.
2. The DC Nation page had a nice tribute to Steve Gerber
3. Marv Wolfman will collect a paycheck
4. ....um....that's about it for the positive.

Raven only appeared as Raven on a single page. It was hard to follow the story because the art was like what you would imagine an LSD bad trip would have been like back in the 60s. Everything was deformed and distorted. It was a mish-mash of shapes and colors. It almost seemed like an all-new Raven. Not the one in the current Teen Titans and not the original. There was not a single character in the whole story that I cared about but I really think it's because the art was so jarring. Had there been a different art team the story would have flowed better and might have been okay. The only thing even slightly (slightly) interesting was the return of the Medusa Mask.

And don't get me started on the use of the word Emo on the cover. I guess that goes along with the original series using the Hip, heh.

On a scale of 1 to 10 I give it a 1 but only because the scale doesn't allow fractions.

Any likes/dislikes? I'm not tempted to pick it up, but if they've ruined her character, I'm just a bit iffy.

Artist: Damion Scott
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lol @ the positives.

I read it, but I couldn't really get into it. The art was just too... wacky, I guess would be the appropriate word. Also, it didn't really feel like Raven or a DC comic. It was moreso a failed manga pitch, that used a familiar character name in order to sell a few books before cancellation.
I'm glad you read it...kudos on that.

I'm below average on placing my fingers on the cover. This is an all-time low for me with the Teen Titans (which pretty much introduced me into DC comics--give me a break, I was a kid). But now, now I can't even say it.

Wacky art? I figured as much.
:X This is not supposed to sound like Raven Mini flambait.
The interview makes me sad. Enough to VOMIT on it :facepalm

Spoiler: Interview
Crisis on Infinite Earths. Dracula. New Teen Titans. And that’s just three. Obviously, we’re talking Marv Wolfman. The veteran writer and creator had a high-profile release hit comic shops this week with the first issue of DC Special: Raven #1, a new mini-series featuring the fan favorite character he and George Perez created for the New Teen Titans. What brings Wolfman back now, and does this book have any larger ramifications? Well, we asked.

Newsarma: You co-created Raven nearly 30 years ago. What's it like to come back to the character now?

Marv Wolfman: In point of fact I wrote several Raven pieces in the past including one for the 9-11 tribute book DC did to raise money for the victim's families. I love the Raven character and had proposed several ideas over the years. Finally, DC came to me about doing a mini-series and I jumped at the chance. I love the character; think she's the strongest one of the characters George and I created for NTT who could sustain their own series.

NRAMA: Raven's obviously been a consistently crucial component of the New Teen Titans. How much of her extended arc did you have envisioned from the beginning?

MW: I pretty much knew who she was, where she came from and what could happen to her from the beginning. Obviously the series was set up around Raven as she is the one who brings the Titans together in order to fight her father who appeared as early as issue 5. There's no way either George or I could have known in advance everything we'd do, but the parameters were clearly set up in order to create a character who we could mine for backstory for a long time to come.

NRAMA: In that vein, Raven's been through a number of physical and emotional changes (many under your pen). She's been good, she's been evil, she's been intangible, she's been tangible . . . what lends her to those variation interpretations?

MW: Raven is the daughter of a demon (Trigon) and a rape victim (Arella). That automatically sets up some personal conflicts as well a internal character problems. Also, from the moment of her birth she was trained to fight all emotions or she could unleash Trigon on the world. That, again, causes great conflict within a character. She is someone born with the seeds of good and evil, or pacifism and violence. She is in eternal conflict with herself. That is why she can move through many interpretations as long as they are consistent with who she is.

NRAMA: What did you think of how Geoff Johns and company brought Raven back in her corporeal, teen form?

MW: At first I wasn't sure, but then I realized I would have brought her back into another body and by doing so in a slightly younger body you actually can take advantage of her emotional age vs. her real age. Since Raven was born in Azarath and kept away from others she did not have a chance to grow emotionally. She might actually be emotionally younger than even her current High School age, but it's close enough since that's what we're playing with here.

NRAMA: What about this story demands an extra mini-series vs. a back-up or arc in the regular Titans series?

MW: Raven can sustain her own series and by concentrating a story on her alone demands she not be with the Titans. We really examine her in a way we could not do as one member of a large group. You need the pages to develop her correctly.

NRAMA: Over the years, fans have become accustomed to a variety of artists handling Raven, from George Perez to Tom Grummett to Mike McKone. In terms of the new mini, Damion Scott has quite a different style. In your estimation, what does that style bring to the project, and what do you say to older fans who might be unsure of that approach?

MW: When I wrote the first issue it was before I knew who was going to draw it. I had deliberately done it in a character oriented manga approach which is about moments of character from which the story is developed and told. As I say I had no idea who was going to draw it but when I saw Damion's art I instantly loved it. It's fresh and fun and lively and I think can help bring in a lot of the people who loved the Titans cartoon show and segue them into non anime-manga comics. I know a lot of pure super-hero fans may have a problem with it as it is very different from the classic George Perez style which you know I love, but I think this can open up the story to many non-regular comics readers. I hope the fans can get past the outward style and read the story and then go back and look at how solid the drawing is and how much fun i is as well. There's a scene in the second issue where Raven goes bowling that is just so wonderful. When I wrote it I didn't know if it would work visually since it required a real fun look and if handled wrong it could have played as dead, but Damion pulled it off 100%. I think this something can bring in new readers and different readers. And I can only hope if you're an older reader that you can give something very different and very fresh a chance. Damion's story telling is perfect. I wrote this full script and he even used the cameras angles I called for. I really, really think his art pops as well as telling the story.

NRAMA: I can't help but notice the appellation "DC Special" added above the title for Raven. It seems to me that the last time a Titans family member had a mini flagged as a "DC Special", that it was Donna Troy and her book was one of the drum beats leading to "Infinite Crisis". Knowing your own history with Crises, the fact that Geoff Johns is involved in "DC Universe #0", and that Grant Morrison has a history with the object shown on the final page of Raven #1, is it fair to say that this book might have some far-reaching implications?

MW: Not unless someone decides to do something else with it. This was not planned as anything connecting with any larger story. It's a stand alone Raven only storyline. But I will say there are little things in it that if we do more Raven stories I can build on including a hint of some major villain I create long ago.

NRAMA: Turning to other media for a moment . . . a fan recently posted an email exchange with you at the DC Comics boards, wherein you mentioned that the New Teen Titans: Judas Contract DVD might be facing some speedbumps. Would you care to elaborate on that for us here?

MW: I really don't know anything else. As everyone knows these things are always put on hold for various reasons and then are pushed ahead when it can actually be produced. It's all about making sure the projects are released at the right time. It's the natural course of Hollywood.

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Damion Scott -- the first artist of the Batgirl series.

I can tell you that his art on Raven is less. . . 'wild' than it was on Robin. However, it's not as catching as the Batgirl series -- it's lies in-between.

The story so far, for the first issue, is slow but how it ends makes a surprising but logical sense. Characterization, you can't really complain -- Raven creator Wolfman is writing her, after all.

So it pretty much all boils down on the art, which may turn off some people. As a former reader of Scott's work, I can read through it, but it's a little bit disorienting at times.
The art is jarring for sure. But like Comic Book Guy said, the book is by her creator, so he knows what her character is. I like it, and I'm gonna stick to it 'till the end.
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