the_mighty_monarch's The Ravagers #1 - Children of Destiny review

Why Is He Red?

Ok, this cover is perfectly fine on its own, nothing outstanding but definitely excellent for a first issue. I even kind of like the way each character is named. But due to the nature of this opening story, it kind of gives away what characters are supposed to be important. I subconsciously focused on the people identified on the cover, and left the others in a more hazy place of little concern in my head; so a lot of the suspense and tension of the tentative team is thrown out the window. When certain members betray the team, it isn't a surprise since they weren't on the cover. When certain members die, it isn't a surprise since they weren't on the cover.

Also, unlike the other Second Wave books, this issue is NOT for new readers. It's a spinoff of one of the first true 'events' of the New 52, a series only truly accessible to readers of Teen Titans and Superboy. It tries to ease you into the concept and current status quo, but would certainly lose a lot of the impact without having read The Culling.

What I admire the most about this series is what it represents. It's got BALLS to take so many characters and drastically change their early years. Unlike some other crappy changes, most of these are genuinely interesting. I don't know how different the Wildstorm stuff is, but resetting Terra was a bold move, and I'm intrigued by the potential stories for her and Beast Boy. This new version of Rose is certainly interesting. But then there's Red Beast Boy. Why is Beast Boy red? Honestly, the only answer I can come up with is 'because' or 'why not?' Those are not good enough reasons. Is it because red is traditionally a more 'dark' or 'badass' color? Because that would be a very shallow reason to make him red. It's just so random and meaningless that I can't get on board with this change. There's no unique story potential in there, its just dumb.

Ian Churchill delivers what is definitely the best artist for the 'N.O.W.H.E.R.E. set of books (Teen Titans, Superboy, Legion Lost.) It doesn't have any of the weaknesses Brett Booth or R.B. Silva have, and frankly it just has a ton of nice detail and emotion to it. Definitely one of the best 'standard' artists I've ever seen.

Ridge seems interesting, but I'm not sure if he goes too far with his "I AM A MONSTER!!!" angst. He certainly doesn't overplay it each time as is generally the case, but he brings it up a bit too much. The narration from Fairchild serves to ground this issue to a perspective well, but I hope she's not the only one we hear from. I hope it rotates characters each issue like Legion Lost did.

In Conclusion: 4/5

Overall I'd give this a personal 4.5/5. The only REAL flaw that I PERSONALLY had was that the plot felt a bit short. The issue was a decent length read, but the group had made so little progress it ended up feeling rushed. The other half star is for the lack of accessibility for new readers. This jumps RIGHT off the end of The Culling, so I'd advise being caught up with TT, Superboy, and LL to invest in this.

3 Comments
Posted by Beast_in_the_Shadows

I feel that the reasoning behind why he bacame red was in a lame attempt at making him edgier and trendy, as was the goal with most of the reboot. Anyway they are explaining it of as having to do something with Animal Man and the red. This is still a poor excuse to me as none of the other characters related to the red have changed color (Buddy's bleeding doesn't count to me as he is the smae solor just sometimes covered in "blood")

Anyway, sensible or not that is there explanation. Whether it will actually be explored and explained in book is yet to be said. I just personally hope when this whole mess with the Rot is over that the red will return to normal and Gar can go back to being green.

Posted by The Mighty Monarch

@Beast_in_the_Shadows said:

I feel that the reasoning behind why he bacame red was in a lame attempt at making him edgier and trendy, as was the goal with most of the reboot. Anyway they are explaining it of as having to do something with Animal Man and the red. This is still a poor excuse to me as none of the other characters related to the red have changed color (Buddy's bleeding doesn't count to me as he is the smae solor just sometimes covered in "blood")

Anyway, sensible or not that is there explanation. Whether it will actually be explored and explained in book is yet to be said. I just personally hope when this whole mess with the Rot is over that the red will return to normal and Gar can go back to being green.

Until that reasoning is given to me IN THE COMICS, I refuse to acknowledge it. I shouldn't need to rely on outside sources to know something vital like that. Until it's explained to me in the comic, its going to be a flaw with the comic.

Posted by SicKid

Beast Boy changed colors because they wanted to connect him to Animal Man who (from what I understand, I could be wrong) gets his powers from something called The Red, which is basically the, and I quote, "connection to the morphogenetic field created by all living creatures".

Other reviews for The Ravagers #1 - Children of Destiny

    On the Run 0

    THE GOOD: I really like the art in this issue. Ian Churchill is a new name for me but I can easily see that I am going to enjoy seeing his work on the things he does. He adds a lot of details and I really like the character expressions. I see characters showing emotion in the background in this issue. The story is better then the crossover itself. We get to see Fairchild leading the people who got out of N.O.W.H.E.R.E. I really liked this part of the story because we get to see all the different...

    2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

This edit will also create new pages on Comic Vine for:

Beware, you are proposing to add brand new pages to the wiki along with your edits. Make sure this is what you intended. This will likely increase the time it takes for your changes to go live.

Comment and Save

Until you earn 1000 points all your submissions need to be vetted by other Comic Vine users. This process takes no more than a few hours and we'll send you an email once approved.