Disney Villains: Maleficent #3 Review

Writer: Soo Lee
Art: Soo Lee
Publisher: Dynamite Comics
Price: $3.99
Release date: July 5th, 2023

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THE DISPATCH

Disney Villains: Maleficent #3 is somewhat of a disappointing story, mainly because it primarily focuses on the adventures of Maleficent’s pet raven. There are brief sections at both the beginning and the ending of this issue of Maleficent talking to her raven, but other than it is completely devoid of dialogue other than animal noises. If you like nature stories and enjoy seeing animals fighting each other, this comic is for you. Otherwise, you might be bored with it. Lee could have gone in a more creative direction by having the raven think thoughts in English, despite not speaking, but that’s not the direction she chose to go. It should have focused more on Maleficent, since the comic is supposed to be about her. It could be possible, though, that the cat chasing the raven is actually a human turned into a cat by Maleficent, since we saw her turn a boy into a wolf in the first issue.

ART

The art tells the story more than the writing in Disney Villains: Maleficent #3. Soo Lee does a good job at capturing nature and realistic looking animals. The raven soaring over the forest and fight with the cat was very well illustrated. Much attention to detail is given to depicting the forest. The raven resembles more of a real bird than the one from the animated movie, so it doesn’t really have distinct facial expressions. When Maleficent talks to it at the end, the final panel is a close-up of its face. It’s kind of anticlimactic since the raven does not smile or wink at the readers, which might happen if it looked more cartoonish as opposed to realistic.

FINAL THOUGHTS

There really is no ultimate point to Disney Villains: Maleficent #3, other than perhaps to show the elusiveness of Maleficent’s pet raven. What does this story ultimately accomplish though? It doesn’t tell us anything new about Maleficent, nor does it present any new characters of any significance. This was a poor story. Hopefully the next issue will be better. This is supposed to be set before the events of the Sleeping Beauty movie. It would be much more intriguing if they showed us how Maleficent first encountered King Stefan. It would give us a bit of background into why she wasn’t invited to Aurora’s christening. Instead, we get the adventures of her raven.

3/10

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