Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Ravagers #1 Review and *SPOILERS*

It's time again to look at another comic book that faced the chopping block over at DC and had the audacity to be cancelled before we were a site and could review it.  But we're not letting that stop us, no we're going to dig up these Lost Boys and take a crack at them anyway.  So sit back as we take a look at this Teen Titans spin off, The Ravagers and see if the first issue holds up or if it's doom was written in the stars right off the bat.  Let's check it out.

Written By: Howard Mackie
Art By: Ian Churchill
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: May 30, 2012

Escape From N.O.W.H.E.R.E.

Our story begins with you being completely lost if haven't read Teen Titans Annual, Superboy #9, Legion
Lost #9 and Teen Titans #9.  With that said I immediately regret doing this Lost Boys review, but if you hang with me I'll try to get the gist across to you.  The story begins with a group of metas escaping Harvest's Colony, (think of a meta hunger games) led by one of Harvest's former scientists Dr. Caitlin Fairchild, who you might remember from Wildstorm's Gen 13.

So the group escapes and they find themselves in the wilderness of Alaska and desperately trying to get far enough away so that N.O.W.H.E.R.E. can't track them down.  Being a suspicious group due to their time in The Colony, they aren't really trusting and most choose to go their own way, which doesn't seem like a really good idea since Rose Wilson and Warblade are out for blood.  Yeah these two N.O.W.H.E.R.E. misfits have been ordered to take certain metas back to become Harvest's elite squad of Ravagers and unfortunately the first two they find aren't one of the select few and get sliced down right quick.  Yeah this happens a lot until I guess we're left with the characters on the cover.  So our main players are Fairchild, Ridge, Terra, Lightning, Thunder and Beast Boy.  You know back when he was still connected to The Red and before DC decided that he needed to be green again for no apparent reason other than for people who watch Teen Titans Go.  Yeah I'm a bit bitter, but let's move on.

So our escapees spend most of the issue bickering with each other about what they've gone through and why they aren't going to trust certain characters and spend a bit of time deciding whether or not to kill a couple of N.O.W.H.E.R.E. guards that have left as well and plead for forgiveness over what they've done.  But it all comes down to them getting to the place where Fairchild has arranged a transport to pick them up.  Too bad that the ship was compromised and crash lands, revealing that Warblade and Ravager are on board and looking for blood.

In the end Thunder blasts a line in the ledge of the cliff that they were standing on and the group escapes their enemies by falling to the icy waters below.  Yeah not the best escape plan.

Bits and Pieces:

As I said before, you'll be completely lost if you didn't read The Culling story arc that preceded this series.  Really though even if you did read the story, I don't really see a reason to follow this series after reading this first issue.  Just a lot of bickering and people whining about what they've gone through.  I understand that we need to feel sorry for these characters, but at the end of the issue I don't really care if they go back to their former hell or not.  So looking back at this first issue, I can honestly say that this was a series that didn't stand a chance and I can completely understand why it was cancelled.


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