Title: An Unkindness of Ravens #1 ‘
Words: Dan Panosian ‘
Art: Marianna Ignazzai
Colors: Fabiana Mascolo
Published: September 23, 2020
Publisher’s Summary: “Writer Dan Panosian (Slots) and artist Marianna Ignazzi present a supernatural mystery, where not all the witches burned during the Salem Witch Trials — and the ones that survived did so together, protecting the ancient secrets entrusted to them for generations. They call themselves the Ravens. Wilma is the new girl in school, and she plans to go completely unnoticed — except that she bears an eerie resemblance to the Raven member Waverly, who just went missing. The truth behind Waverly’s disappearance will put the entire coven in danger — and Wilma will have to rely on power she never knew she had to save her new friends.”
An Unkindness of Ravens begins with excerpts from the collected journals that had been gathered over the years in the curious Abigail House. This quaint bed and breakfast with an infamous past is revealed as central to a story of the occult and the witches of Salem, particularly those that had escaped, and their descendants. Some call them Ravens, and some of them are in high school.
So what if we’ve seen this before? Creepy, but quaint New England Village – Check! History of Occult practices – Double Check! New girl in town – uh huh. Mean girls versus outcasts, also very much in the check the boxes, but pretty cool anyway. Halloween must be around the corner and with that Dan Panosian presents An Unkindness of Ravens, a very much welcome take on the familiar high school of the damned. That fact that the new girl looks so much like a recently missing girls just adds that much more flavor. It’s all very tongue in cheek, but it works and looks like there is enough humor blended into the teenage drama to make this work.
The Bottom Line
Mean Girls versus The Craft and The New Girl caught in the middle. Cartoon scary and fun, just in time for Halloween.