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Ravagers #12

r12cover“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

(No Spoilers)

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.

r12image1The 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.

r12image2I’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)

Team 7 #8

team7n8cover“Mission 2.4: The Doom That Came to Kaizen”

Writers: Justin Jordan & Tony Bedard
Pencils: Jesus Merino
Colors: Nathan Eyring
Letters: Carlos M. Mangual
Assistant Editor: Rickey Purdin
Editor: Eddie Berganza
Cover: Gary Frank

(No Spoilers)

After much build up since the cancellation announcement, the title has a nice wind down here.  Jordan does his best to answer as many dangling plotlines as he can with the space allotted.  In the end, it’s a decent ending to a title that was cancelled way too prematurely.

team7n8image1Team 7 has been the surprise hit of the cancellations (if that makes any sense).  It seems that once Jordan got past the initial arc, he found more freedom to tell a great and epic story.  Repeatedly it’s been said that if he had been allowed to lead with this story, the title might have survived.  For old Wildstorm fans, this quickly became the book to follow as Jordan jam-packed it with classic Wildstorm characters.  It was nice to see these characters in action again.

team7n8image2The biggest tragedy is probably the fact that one of Wildstorm’s greatest villains, Kaizen Gamorra, will get benched along with all the other Wildstorm characters from this book.  He was always a get villain in the old Wildstorm U and would easily be someone who could take on the Justice League.  The other character who undoubtedly will get benched is Majestic.  The origin they picked for him in the New 52 is really odd but aside from that, he looked like his old self.  So much potential is lost here with these characters.

There’s not too much to say about this issue other than I think Jordan wrapped it up to the best of his abilities.  The ending promises “The end of Team 7 for now…” but I doubt DC will be using this team any time soon unless it’s in flashbacks.  Overall, it was nice to have the team in the DCU while it lasted.  Team 7 was always a finite concept but I just wish Jordan would’ve had more time to tell stories in the New 52’s past.

7 out of 10 (Above Average)

Ravagers #11

ravagers11coverwrap“Home Wreckers”

Writers: Michael Alan Nelson & Tony Bedard
Pencils: Diogenes Neves & Geraldo Borges
Inks: Vicente Cifuentes & J.P. Mayer
Colors: Tony Avina
Letters: Dezi Sienty
Assistant Editor: Ricky Purdin
Editor: Eddie Berganza
Cover: Ken Lashley

(No Spoilers)

With just one issue left, Ravagers begins its wrap-up by bringing in all the players we’ve had in the book so far and making sure not all of them survive. It seems where the death of a title comes in the New 52, death itself isn’t too far behind. We get the introduction of an old Doom Patrol villain and lots of revelations that are starting to feel repetitive where the Wildstorm characters are concerned.

ravagers11image1I won’t spoil the revelation but I will say it involves Fairchild and if you’ve been reading Team 7 you can probably figure out what it is. She’s become more like her Wildstorm self in recent issues. Even her look has started harkening back to the old days. But apparently she wasn’t free from overused and clichéd story ideas attached to her. I’d like to see her survive the title and based on comments from DC she very well might, but I wish they would’ve gone somewhere else with her origin.

Diogenes Neves & Geraldo Borges do well on art. I was happy with how each of the characters looked and thought some of the fight scenes were very cool. At this point, I’m not sure we’re going to get any wrap-up next issue so much as an opening for whatever they want to do next with these characters. I don’t expect them to stay a team. I’m sure Teen Titans fans are dying for Beast Boy & Terra to head on over to that book anyway.

ravagers11image2One thing that was nice is the connection this book has with Team 7 #7 and Deathstroke #19 this month. It was nice to see some interconnectivity which I think had been missing for a short bit. Kudos to the creative teams for working to help keep all the story beats straight.

Well, it’s hard to stay excited about this book with the impending cancellation. But I look forward not to a wrap-up next month, but an open door that will hopefully lead to a new book (or books) with some of the these characters.

7 out of 10 (Above Average)

DC Heroclix: Teen Titans- Fairchild & Leash

Over the past couple of days, we’ve gotten a look at two different Ravagers figures.  We have one of N.O.W.H.E.R.E’s minions known as Leash.  I have to say I was kind of hoping for Warblade but there’s still hope that he’ll come along.  But the really big news is we get the Ravagers version of Fairchild.  That means in this set we now have TWO versions of Fairchild to pick from!

leash1At 96 points, Leash doesn’t have a lot abilities to showcase but the ones he does are more than enough to annoy your opponent.  I’ll have to admit, Leash was not one of my favorite characters so it’s a little hard to get excited about this figure.  I will say I appreciate that they’ve tried to cater his dial to his ability to create Psionic Coils, which appropriately is the name of one of his abilities.  This allows him to use both Teleknesis and Poison to simulate him using his coils to rescue a teammate or poison an enemy.  He also has a trait called Piece of Me.  Much like Coils, it messes up your opponent by affected their health, in this case it gives them a -2.  Check out more about Leash here.

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fairchild1Now one figure I am excited about is this new version of Fairchild as part of the Ravagers.  I still prefer her Gen 13 version, but the Ravagers version does come with some differences that change her up a bit in gameplay.  This figure is based on the fact that the New 52 version of Fairchild goes back and forth between her weak self and her strong self.  This is accurately presented in her ability called Scientist or Fighter where she can choose Perplex to throw off her enemies with her intelligence or use Quake and Close Combat Expert to literally throw them around.  They also took into account her double-agent status by giving her Probability Control in order to make her enemies second guess themselves.  And if all that wasn’t enough, she has the Indomitable ability which keeps her from experiencing pushing damage.  Check out more about Fairchild here.

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That’s all for now.  We still have several Ravagers to go and maybe even a few more N.O.W.H.E.R.E. agents so stay tuned!