Yes, that’s right folks, new Marvel comics are out this week, including Ravencroft #4. The miniseries involves Misty Knight, Norman Osborn, and a whole lot of monsters. You see, monsters have been living underneath the old asylum and they’ve finally come out to have their say. In what has become a fascinating look at Ravencroft’s history, writer Frank Tieri further explores its secrets in the digital-only release of the fourth issue.
Without hesitation, I’m going to recommend this book. I was on the fence with issue #1, but found issue #4 riveting from start to finish. I don’t use that word lightly, but this issue does what the prequel issues did so well and that’s reveal a secret truth of Ravencroft. It does so in the first few pages, tethering a familiar face to a past evil transpiring in the institute. It also ties directly to a monster that plays an important part in the monster’s uprising.
This issue thickens the plot when it comes to character interaction and emotion, and moves the plot forward nicely. The cliffhanger should get fans riled up for more action, too. Combine these elements with the great flashback opening and you have yourself a must-read macabre monster tale.
The art by Angel Unzueta is fabulous too. Colored by Rachelle Rosenberg, this book has an eerie vibe in the opening pages that builds towards a cosmic power made more interesting thanks to the visual reveal. The use of light and shadow is quite something, too. There’s a level of detail that suits the monsters in the dark scenes. Misty, meanwhile, shows off-panel a new power that sparkles thanks to the use of yellow and how the color washes things out. There are little details throughout that are fun to zero in on.
This is a great fourth issue for a variety of reasons, but the biggest is how it all comes together offering delights of different sorts. There is character intrigue, interesting reveals, a plot that moves forward, and a good cliffhanger, too. This issue offers everything that should get you giddy for another issue. For some, it may have come too late, but for me, I’m all-in for the finale.