# What language is Raven using for her attack in the new 52?

In the New 52 (Teen Titans #6, 2015) when Raven cast a spell, she uses some strange language, but I can't find out what this language means.

• What is with the dialogue in this panel? Am I to understand that this is Raven, and she is casting a spell? Jul 29, 2019 at 19:11
• @RussellBorogove It really does appear to me that this is the case. It's Raven, and, again, I say, it's Raven, and I say unto you a third time, It's Raven, and what I tell you three times, Mr. Borogrove, is true. Further point--we also know that the fact of the spell is true, by the same logic (incl gobbletygook). You have to wonder if the person that put this scene together has a sore inside his cheek from where he keeps his tongue. It screams "hey guess what--the solution to the problem was Raven, and a spell! I know I'm surprised, are you surprised? We're all super surprised here." Jul 31, 2019 at 17:38

I don't think this is another language. The script doesn't look like any real writing system I've seen. It's more likely a custom magical-looking font, maybe disguising some English text. Usually four small words wouldn't be enough of a sample size to do any deciphering, but this panel gives us a clue: Someone on the far right points out (in case we couldn't figure it out?) that Raven is casting a spell!

The last word that Raven utters is five letters long, and all the letters are different, except for the last two. Just like the word spell! Let's see if this gets us anywhere.

If we assign arbitrary letters of our Roman alphabet to Raven's utterance, we can read it as:

``````ABCB DEFBG H GIBJJ
``````

If we hypothesize that the last word is a cipher of "SPELL" then the whole thing looks like...

``````ABCB DEFBG H GIBJJ
E E    ES   SPELL
``````

If the single-letter word is English, it must be "I" or "A." And "I" doesn't really make sense in this context...

``````ABCB DEFBG H GIBJJ
E E    ES A SPELL
``````

This is actually looking really good. The "ES" at the end of the second word indicates a verb in a place where we'd expect a verb. The first word "_E_E" could be a lot of things, though. Let's see...

I used Nutrimatic to remind me of the most common English words that match that pattern. The second result is "here."

``````ABCB DEFBG H GIBJJ
HERE    ES A SPELL
``````

And this matches a common English formation, yielding something that totally matches what Raven is doing in this context:

``````ABCB DEFBG H GIBJJ
HERE COMES A SPELL !!
``````

Further evidence for this interpretation: The "S" glyph looks like an S. The "C" glyph looks like a C. The "P" glyph looks like an upside-down P!

After all that cryptographic analysis, @Moyli supplied some far more conclusive evidence by discovering the actual font used, "Gobbledygook," which you can test out here and confirm that the actual letters on the page are indeed "here comes a spell!!"

• This is a you-win-the-Internet caliber answer. Jul 28, 2019 at 19:01
• … or it could be "WERE JONES A SHELL!!" Jul 29, 2019 at 8:52
• It's a shame it's not 1940, you might have got a nice letter from Bletchley Park. Jul 29, 2019 at 9:52
• Confirmed: the font is called Gobbledygook and if you type "here comes a spell" on this page you can see it matches what's on the comic. Jul 29, 2019 at 9:58
• @PaulD.Waite this simple substitution cipher is too simple even for 1940s. Jul 29, 2019 at 11:40

I believe the made up font is just meant to indicate that she is speaking words in an actual language (not just gibberish), but its not words in a language you the reader, or anyone else present at the time, actually knows.

• I love what the other answer took from that and ran with, but I think its likely reading way more into it than intended. Jul 29, 2019 at 15:40
• "Reading way more into it than intended" - apparently not Jul 29, 2019 at 15:53
• In-universe, this is probably the correct explanation. I doubt the writer's intent was that the other Titans are actually hearing Raven say "HERE COMES A SPELL." Jul 29, 2019 at 16:00
• @Jenayah - You have to admit I was correct that it wasn't gibberish though...its Gobbledygook! :-) Jul 29, 2019 at 16:03