Christos Gage gives everyone's favorite Jewish mystic superhero a spin! How does the issue hold up? Click and find out!
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Rory Regan has long struggled to reconcile the burden he carries as the Ragman, protector of society's forgotten, with his own strained faith.
Could the souls he has consigned to redeem themselves within his mystic suit have the answers he needs about what lies beyond — and about the mysteries kept from him by his own father? Christos Gage (STORMWATCH: PHD, Avengers: The Initiative) and Stephen Segovia (Wolverine) provide a look inside one of the DCU's most peculiar Super Heroes in this standalone one-shot!
There's a rumor running through the comic blogosphere that neither DC nor Marvel are accepting pitches for books right now. Rumors of both companies contracting their catalog to decrease the glut of mediocre, overpriced comics certainly add a different level to Ragman: Suit of Souls. With what could be one of DC's last forays into the single-issue story format, Christos Gage and Stephen Segovia have managed to deliver a succinct, enjoyable summary of Ragman's history and origins.
Ragman has enjoyed a mild resurgence in popularity since Infinite Crisis. Since his reintroduction into the DCU, he's been a member of Shadowpact, had a supporting role in Trinity, and even popped up in Batman's Network after Bruce Wayne's demise. However, with the exception of one issue in Shadowpact, there's been very little focus on the man behind the mask, Rory Regan. Gage looks to correct this in his one-shot issue. Gage not only gives a deep look into Regan's psyche and drive but also provides an internal conflict rooted in history and heritage that solves itself over the course of the issue. While the issue is a little heavy in narration and a little light in action and external conflict, Gage still manages to shine the spotlight on a fleshed out character that's been in the darkness for too long.
Segovia shows a lot of potential in this issue as an elite interior artist. His pencils lend the story an exciting dynamic that would usually be missing from what's essentially an extended narrative of Jewish persecution in Europe. While not all of his panels are perfect, Segovia's art reminds me of a more polished Leinil Francis Yu.
Ragman: Suit of Souls is a strong one-shot that combines Gage's strong storytelling ability with Segovia's detailed yet uncluttered penciling. This issue helps prove the point that comics should be about quality over quantity. If DC could release fifteen one-shots of this caliber rather than the mediocre art and forced storytelling of the one-shots found under the Bruce Wayne: The Road Home banner, their catalog would be in much better condition.
Review by: Christian Hoffer
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