By Deejay Dayton
October 13, 2017 - 10:35
A new version of Ragman makes his debut in this six issue miniseries, and, logically enough, this first issue is devoted to the origin of the character.
Fawkes has kept his incarnation of Rory Regan loosely tied to the original, and many facets of the plot in this story echo elements from the original series, by Robert Kanigher and Joe Kubert. The post-Crisis version of Ragman took the character into the realm of the supernatural, and that is built on here as well, big time.
The story flashes back and forth, as we follow Rory Regan as a soldier in the Middle East, discovering something dark and dangerous in a long forgotten tomb. We also catch up with Rory in the present day, working alongside his father in their junk shop, Rags n’ Tatters.
In every version of Ragman he gains strength and powers through the deaths of others, and this is mystically channeled to him through the costume. But in this version, the costume is far more active and deadly than previous ones, taking on almost a life of its own, attacking and nearly consuming Rory.
I quite enjoyed this issue, and find it easily on par with earlier incarnations of the character.
The one and only thing that rubs me the wrong way is something that I truly hope will alter as the miniseries goes on, and that is the look of the character. The art in this story is excellent, but the Ragman lacks the cloak and hood that were always his distinctive trademark. The rags themselves are more like strips than he patches in earlier designs, with the result that Ragman looks more like the Mummy than anything else. But Rory is still getting a grip on who and what he has become, so I hope that he will eventually don the more familiar part of the outfit, and the classic look will be maintained.
A dark but fun story, totally worth picking up, even if this is your first exposure to the character.
Rating: 8.5 /10