Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Ragman #6 Review and **SPOILERS**


Ragtime Smile

Writer: Ray Fawkes 
Artist: Inaki Miranda 
Colorist: Eva de la Cruz
Letterer: Josh Reed 
Cover: Guillem March & Rain Beredo 
Cover Price: $2.99 
On Sale Date: March 14, 2018


Here we are at the end of the Ragman miniseries! At the conclusion of the last issue, Ragman died when he sacrificed his power to a terrible demon. So what do you think this issue will entail? I imagine the series’ characters having a wrap party and discussing their feelings about Ragman. Why not take a look at my review of Ragman #6 and see if that’s true!

Explain It!

Common advice suggests that you should not make deals with a demon. But when the opportunity presents itself, what are the other options? Very rarely do one of Satan’s minions suggest a “Let’s Make a Deal” style arrangement; no, more likely it’s the choice between having your innards incessantly poked with red-hot implements for all eternity or watching your best friend’s little sister succumb to terminal cancer. It’s not normally going to be a “win-win” situation, or even a “win-lose.” It’s going to be the choice between something horrible, or something also horrible about which you will somehow feel worse.
This isn’t quite the deal proffered Rory last issue, who agreed to submit to the demon Whatzisname if he let all the innocent people of Whereversburg go free. Free as in “not possessed.” This, against the combined advice of Sir Justin the Shining Knight, Etrigan the Demon, and the souls of the rest of Rory’s Marines squad that inhabit his body and don’t ever stop talking for a minute. Well, Rory gave up his rags and soul to demon Whatzisname, and wouldn’t you know it? The hoary emissary of the Great Deceiver himself didn’t follow through on his side of the bargain. Oh well, that’s that, I suppose. Rory has passed beyond the veil, so I guess earth is this demon’s or whatever.
And then, it’s not! With the help of his constantly yammering soul buddies and the Care Bear stares of Shining Knight and Etrigan, he zaps back to life and takes out the bad demons, saving everyone in the process. Even Frank’s kid, who was supposed to be some kind of a vital component to this thing, but turned out to be a piss-poor attempt to play on our sympathies. In the end, all’s well that ends well, and by that I mean that Rory still copes with crippling PTSD and fights crime and satans at night wearing the funky bandages of some thousand years-old mummy. Cue the Full House closing theme.
So this series was a lot of expanded bullshit, huh? There are two issues in this six-issue series that could have been dropped entirely—three, maybe. I would also have liked to see more interaction between Ragman and Etrigan early on, instead of that “training” happening conveniently off-panel. Rory having lost his eyes to that one demon’s acid spray appears to be a non-factor now, and the nature of his powers, or the abilities of the “cloak” that constitutes the Ragman costume are never explained. This is story that could have been two issues in a Ragman ongoing, that will likely never happen if you keep serving up rip-off crap like this one.

Bits and Pieces:

Ragman fails to save the day! And then he stops failing. This comic, however, is both a loss in engaging story and decompressed cash grab. I can't imagine anyone being hyped for this one.

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