“The Ravagers” #0 continues the tradition started on the cover of “The Ravagers” #1: creative and editorial apathy. While the cover of #1 had two characters mislabeled, this issue has a number of typos such as the following sentence: “I think they all require psychological motivation to do what that which should come naturally.” Another sentence is completely missing a subject as the character dubbed Non declares “power in him that never thought possible…” Mistakes like this don’t belong in professionally produced comics, especially as DC positions every character or team as a new intellectual property to be mined.
This is piled on top of the serial ellipses abuse Mackie continues to commit with every single character’s word balloons, homogenizing the entire crew, save for the boisterous Terra and extremely whiny Beast Boy. The word balloons themselves shift shape and style with Harvest’s dialog being the most noticeable.
Mackie overwrites the dialog around the ellipses and forces the reader to slog through painfully artificial conversation. Harvest would twist a mustache if he had one and Ridge would tell us his life story if Mackie had another word balloon pointed in his direction. Buried in all of that are clues to the relaunched version of Beast Boy’s original pre-relaunch team. There are names dropped like “Niles” and “Rita,” hinting at the possibility the Doom Patrol might be out there somewhere. Of course, with the way this title treats characters, maybe the Patrollers are better left as simply dropped names.
Ian Churchill and Norm Rapmund spill detail all over the pages, from the bizarre hybrids Gar Logan turns into as Harvest’s lackeys experiment upon him to the tightly woven braids of Terra’s hair. Hi-Fi is challenged to differentiate between laboratories and rock formations while keeping Terra’s Tron-inspired swimsuit and Beast Boy’s red skin consistent throughout the issue. The book looks good, although Churchill and partners need to find a better way to depict a dust attack if that is going to be a common attack in Terra’s arsenal.
“The Ravagers” #0 does not falter in delivering the relative story of Beast Boy’s origin with the Ravagers, but it leaves parts of the tale leading to his time with that team untold. Unfortunately, those are the parts I find to be most interesting. This book has challenged me to continue reading out of the hope of rediscovering a new version of the Doom Patrol, but so far it has only given me a pile of disappointing comics. Maybe someday soon the creative apathy will disappear from this title and I can put away my own apathy for this title. Until then, I’ll continue to peek in for more Doom Patrol news.