Raven: post-resurrection emotions of a character. NTT Vol. 2, #39 (Jan. 1988).
This has been a strange holiday season. Every week, I have heard about 3-4 deaths, either acquaintances, or public figures. Today, more sad news. Farewell to a fine illustrator from Uruguay, Eduardo Barreto, who died on December 15. He graced the pages of DC's Titans title from 1985 to 1988. He followed on this series in the wake of huge fan favourites George Pérez and José Luis García-López. At the time, the New Teen Titans was still one of the hottest American comic books in the world, pencilled by two of the industry's most famous talents. Barreto filled the shoes of his predecessors and more. He made the characters his own.
Barreto had the tough task of making a resurrected, post-apocalyptic Raven have emotions when she had never had them before. The cover above from 1988 was Raven's first real smile since her introduction in 1980. After Pérez tore her apart, it took Barreto to show how a character, reborn after death, shot through with evil, would manifest emotions for the first time and bizarrely - yet haltingly and believably - come back to life to experience some joy.
New and old gods. NTT Vol. 2, #9 (June 1985).
Below the jump, some examples of Baretto's work from that period.