This week is relatively uneventful for comics. The only notable release from DC this week is The Ravagers #1, part of the Second Wave of the incredibly successful New 52 launch. For those more interested in the independent comic market, RASL #14, the penultimate issue in a brilliant series by BONE creator Jeff Smith, hits store shelves this week. Check out reviews for both books below!
The Ravagers #1
The newest title in the New 52, The Ravagers #1 is not only the best comic release this week, but may just be the next big thing for DC. Well-written, intriguing, and just plain fun, this is what every comic book should be.
A group of test subjects, known as Ravagers, have escaped from a terrible facility known only as N.O.W.H.E.R.E. While being held captive, they were mercilessly tortured and relentlessly experimented on, leading each of them to develop extraordinary abilities. But now, a former doctor at N.O.W.H.E.R.E. named Caitlin Fairchild must lead them to freedom, before they are all killed by those hunting them.
Easily the best of the New 52’s Second Wave, this issue has it all: fun, interesting characters, a solid plot, and tons of action. Howard Mackie and Ian Churchill make the perfect writer/artist combo, crafting an irresistible story that will have readers clamoring for the next issue.
What’s next for the Ravagers? I guess we’ll all just have to wait and see!
Wow. This latest issue of RASL left me speechless. The series is almost over, but it is by no means slowing down. The final panel is chilling and unexpected, and Jeff Smith sends the series hurtling towards what is sure to be a stunning conclusion.
RASL and the renegade government agent Salvador Crow are at a standoff until Crow’s insatiable desire to kill him allows him to escape. He has to find Uma before it’s too late. Not only is RASL’s life at stake, but so are the fates of multiple universes.
Jeff Smith is a master storyteller, elegantly spinning a yarn that is both dark and gripping. His heavy use of nail biting suspense and delayed revelations continue here, and will no doubt excite and frustrate readers who have waited years for this story to finally come together. And knowing Smith, it will be one heck of a ride.