"He Stopped Being Ragman...And Why He Never Stopped Being A Hero"
I know I am in a minority for this comic, because I enjoyed it. Most people will tell you it is mediocre and nothing ground-breaking, that is what happens when you write Ragman, you are at a disadvantage. Ragman doesn't have a huge fan base in any standard, for a character that has been around as long as he has, he has been handled horribly by DC Comics. Being a "Fringe" character is hard enough, but then put him in Gotham, forget establishing him in Batman's neighborhood.
Christos N. Gage is a writer who hasn't established a huge fan base. He has worked on many books and many character, but hasn't broken out to the point where his name would make people pick this comic up. Symbolically he is like Ragman, taking a bit of what he has learned here and there and tried to apply them to his quest to tell a good story. This strategy doesn't always pan out well. Accessibility is important and not everyone can just pick up this comic and enjoy it.
Gage takes the Marvel approach and has a lot of splash panels where we the fan should know the characters and understand the relationship with them and Ragman. This fails because I don't get why Ragman and Jonah Hex would ever fight the same fight. I can understand the need to show Ragman in history, but some of those flashbacks make no sense to me. For an origin issue this comic doesn't explain everything clearly, which I admit to.
The pacing did win me over. I liked the torment history of The Ragman and that this was a father and son story. There is a lot of religious elements explored in this comic, such as after life and punishment which is expected for how the character as evolved in the DCU. This religious conflict again is a handicap that Gage must deal with, many readers may not care for the Jewish angle the character presents. I believe the religious stuff is not important to the character besides the roots of his power. This story I believe is a story about father and son and the "Tattered Remnants" of who the father was.
I was not a big Ragman fan ever, but Gage took a character I could care little about and make me care for, even a little bit. For $4 this comic is expensive and I only picked it up because I trust Gage and the art looked good inside. This comic is not a must on any standard. If you want to try something different, then maybe give this a shot, but in most cases you'll be fine not having it.