“The Man Who Killed The Ravagers”
Writers: Michael Alan Nelson & Tony Bedard
Pencils: Diogenes Neves
Inks: Vicente Cifuentes & J.P. Mayer
Colors: Tony Avina
Letters: Dezi Sienty
Assistant Editor: Ricky Purdin
Editor: Eddie Berganza
Cover: Ken Lashley
Another one bites the dust as this title too comes to an end. Under the new creative team, the title did remain interesting. It also left things very opened ended so we’ll see what DC has planned for this group in the future.
The final issue reads like the final act of a movie. We have a huge confrontation between the Ravagers and Deathstroke which ends up being really cool. Because it was basically a final battle issue there’s not too much to elaborate on other than enjoying the fight. Diogenes Neves got to finish off the art on the issue solo and he does a good job with the fight scenes.
More than anything, the title seemed to be setting up for another possible book. I am glad that the ending wasn’t so clean and left it open-ended. It just elevated the threat and showed that the bad guys really know what they’re doing. It’s nice to have bad guys who are not totally incompetent.
I’ve mentioned before that Ravagers seemed like a strange experiment for DC. It was a brand new title, bearing a varaiton of the codename Deathstroke’s daughter used pre-New 52 which was compromised of one part Teen Titans, one part new characters and a dash of Gen 13 and Doom Patrol thrown in for good measure. Much like an experimental recipe, it’s possible this combination of flavors was never going to taste good to fans.
Overall, Ravagers was always enjoyable because it was so different. But I guess it was probably too different for long time fans who really just want the classic Teen Titans to be re-assembled. If that is what they wish, they’ll appreciate the tease at the end of the issue. Until then, The Ravagers will just have wait on the sidelines.
7 out of 10 (Above Average)