The GeeksverseThe Ray #1

The Ray #1
Published on Wednesday, December 14, 2011 by

Published by: DC Comics
Written by: Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray
Penciled by: Jamal Igle
Inked by: Rich Perrotta
Colored by: Guy Major
Lettered by: Dave Sharpe
Cover Art: Igle w/ Perrotta & Major
Assistant Editor: Sarah Litt
Editor: Kwana Johnson

When they talk about a book being “fun”, this is the one they should use as an example. It’s been awhile since I’ve read a book that felt as fresh as this one does.

Snappy and fun dialogue. Interesting situations. Interesting characters. Never a dull moment. Characters that feel real. And a unique feeling book. It’s all here. P&G do a great job introducing us to Lucien, who becomes the Ray.

As a first issue, this works great. We get the origin story. We get (somewhat) the training sequance. We get the supporting cast. We get the villian. We get a feel for the personalities. We learn what the hero can do. And it’s all done in a way that is different, fresh and interesting.

The dialogue is interesting, well scripted. Lucien’s parents, girlfriend and friend all react how you’d expect people that grow up and live in a world with super-heroes would react. There’s no crazy panic. There’s just exceptance. And Lucien is a great character. Great voice. Interesting approaches to solving problems.

I really enjoyed the way that P&G paced this story. The way Lucien tells us what is happening is well done and the jumping from past to present is perfectly executed. And the uses/ways that P&G have Lucien use and discover his powers is very nice. I especially liked the chapter titles, reminded me of what Christopher Priest used to do in Quantum & Woody and Black Panther.

Nowadays, even the “new” 52, most books feel the same, follow the same (and tired) cliches when dealing with super heroes. This is a new and refreshing way to deal with it.

I’ve never been a big Igle fan. His work has always been technically sound. It’s been workmanlike. Never overly exciting, but when he was on a book you knew you’d get solid work. His character’s faces was usually what I didn’t like about his work. Could never quite pin it down, but just not my favorite. But like I said, it was always very solid.

And this issue is no exception, but it looks like his linework has improved. The aspects of the features that I never liked? That is gone now. But the characters still have an Igle feel to them. It’s hard to explain.

I really enjoyed his work on this issue.

The Ray #1 receives
5 out of 5

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