Ravina The Witch Review: One Man's Trash Is Another Man's Treasure
"Once upon a time there was a woman who lived in a garbage dump…"
Thus begins the strange tale of Ravina, in Ravina the Witch?, about a young girl who grows up among garbage and crows.
Don't let Junko Mizuno's art fool you — despite the deceptively childlike illustrations and the fairytale introduction, there is plenty of tongue-in-cheek adult humor in this story. From a series of questionable men to the way that Ravina learns to use her powers, this isn't quite the folksy fables of your childhood. Each page is crammed with morbid details invoking an almost grotesque feeling; what appears innocent is never quite that.
The art is truly the shining star of Ravina The Witch?. While the plot may not be a page-turning thriller, you'll want to savor every bit of this soft, macabre tale. Each page features a gorgeous, shifting color scheme that gives the book a sickly atmosphere. And despite the simplistic features of most of the residents their emotions are clearly portrayed and, in some cases, heart wrenching.
The finale of the book is very open ended, so those that need closure in a story, beware. However, the tales enclosed are obviously lovingly rendered and drawn with care. It's a must for anyone who loves a good fairytale, but is cynical at heart.