Ragman #1 is the first in a six issue miniseries about the DC character Ragman and his origins while placing him firmly into Gotham City.
So what’s it about?
The official summary reads:
After a failed mission to raid a tomb in the Israeli Desert, war veteran Rory Harper is plagued by the death of his partners. As Rory battles his guilt back in Gotham City, he discovers that what was in that tomb has followed him home, and it’s about to change his life. But as Rory begins his journey, an evil is invading Gotham City, and it wants what he’s discovered. A hero is born in this visionary reimagining of the Ragman mythos by writer Ray Fawkes and artist Inaki Miranda!
Why does this matter?
Ragman has been a character that has been seen very infrequently the past few years with the last time he had a starring role in a book being 2010. Ragman (2017) places the supernatural character into Gotham City and also delves into the character’s backstory so newcomers can learn who they are reading about and why they should care about the character.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
The artwork by Artist Inaki Miranda is fantastic, from the contrasting environments of a mystical tomb in Israel to the bright neon lights of the Gotham City skyline — he really presents the theme of a supernatural yet grounded book about a private military contractor veteran who is suffering from PTSD with aplomb. During the flashbacks to Rory’s origin of finding the mystical wraps in the Israeli tomb the colors consist of primarily shades of blue and muted whites and yellows to represent the darkness and mystery of the tomb while the sections within Gotham City use vast amounts of reds, greens and oranges to represent the vibrancy of Gotham. Every character is drawn to look unique and different from one another as well.
The story of the issue is a great way to introduce new people to the character as it starts from when Rory first obtains the rags, comes back from overseas and learns that the rags contain souls. Ray Fawkes does an incredible structure of the first issue with the pages switching from the modern day back to the past whenever information that could be learnt from his past is needed and is relevant to the story.
It can’t be perfect can it?
The events related to the supernatural may not be too obvious about what the antagonistic characters are but that will likely be addressed in the upcoming issues to clarify.