The GeeksverseThe Ravagers #1

The Ravagers #1
Published on Thursday, May 31, 2012 by

Out of The Culling comes a new team of teen metahumans led by Caitlin Fairchild.

Published by: DC Comics
Written by: Howard Mackie
Penciled by: Ian Churchill
Inked by: Norm Rapmund w/ Ian Churchill
Colored by: Alex Sollazzo
Lettered by: Dezi Sienty
Cover by: A- Ian Churchill w/ Alex Sollazzo; B- Brett Booth w/ Norm Rapmund & Andrew Dalhouse
Assistant Editors: Sean Mackiewicz & Darren Shan
Editors: Pat McCallum & Eddie Berganza

That’s alot of editorial power on this book. Four editors? Really?

I have to say, right off the bat, that I HATE the glowing uniforms of the kids in this story as well as those worn by some of the Teen Titans. They just look bad. I know it’s meant to reflect what they were forced to wear in The Colony by Harvest and N.O.W.H.E.R.E. but they just don’t look good. The colored symbols, for lack of a better word, on Ridge just don’t work.

The story is okay. It’s not great. It’s not bad. It’s just in the middle. There is nothing here to attract a new reader that wasn’t already reading Teen Titans or Superboy, in fact you have to have read those titles to fully get what is going on. You probably better have at least read the tie-in issues of Legion Lost to help fill in the blanks as well.

I’ve only read Teen Titans and I was a bit lost here and there. Things like how Fairchild can increase her size, and it increases her rage, came from other books.

By reading Teen Titans I at least had a clue what was going on. But someone that is attracted by the names on the cover (Beast Boy, Terra and Fairchild) is going to be missing alot and chances are won’t pick this up again.

But even knowing some of the pieces, this is only a decent comic. Mackie’s script hits us over the head, repeatedly, that these are kids that were tortured and they now have a shot at a better life. Hits us hard and keeps hitting. Once or twice would be enough, but it felt like every other page.

The cast is a bit hard to like as well. Some are annoying and some are just unlikable. Doesn’t help that 2 of the 6 leave within the first couple of pages. What a waste with all the other kids that just get killed.

Churchill’s art is good. Like the story, it’s good but not great. It’s not his best work. I’ve always liked his work, he’s always been a good artist, but this was just middle of the road for him.

The Ravagers #1 receives
3 out of 5

3 Responses
    • Beast Boy isn’t green? I liked him and Terra in Teen Titans. Otherwise I don’t really follow those characters and they are the only characters that I know. 

      • Not green anymore.  When first saw it (and he has a very minor part in this issue so hard to tell if he’s got personality differences) I thought it was pretty odd and just screamed “look what we did, Beast Boy is different now!”

        •  He would stand out more in green. At the moment he looks to be the same color as Roge. Green would be nice. I wonder if his back story has changed? He was infused with martian blood which turned him green and made sense.

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