Given Ragman’s unique powers — which are commonly depicted as derived from the souls that his patchwork suit has absorbed — he wasn’t necessarily a natural choice to show up on The CW’s relatively grounded DC Comics-based Arrow, but nonetheless he was a recurring character in the show’s recently wrapped fifth season, as played by Joe Dinicol.
DC Comics looks to continue the character’s momentum with a new miniseries scheduled for release in October, and CBR has the first details. The six-issue Ragman series will be written by Ray Fawkes (a writer/artist known for his creator-owned work including The People Inside, along with multiple Batman family credits including the Batman Eternal team) and illustrated by Inaki Miranda (most recently seen on Harley Quinn) and colored by Eva de la Cruz (Catwoman, Survivors’ Club), with covers by Guillem March (Gotham City Sirens, Catwoman).
The upcoming Ragman miniseries looks to plant the character firmly in Gotham City, which feels like a natural setting given Fawkes’ experience on the Bat-books. Here’s DC’s official description of the series, the first comic to feature Ragman in a starring role since 2010’s Ragman: Suit of Souls one-shot:
War vet Rory Regan is plagued by the death of his time after a failed mission to find a hidden treasure in the Israeli desert. While battling survivor’s guilt back home in Gotham City, Regan discovers that he actually bought the treasure back home with him, in the form of the Suit of Souls. The Suit of Souls has the ability to trap and collect the souls of others, including those of his dead partners.
With the aid of his dead teammates, Rory begins to learn more about the abilities of the suit, when something evil begins to brew in Gotham. An evil demon from hell wants the Suit of Souls, and is sending his minions to retrieve it for him. Now Rory must learn how to use the suit and its powers to stop these evil forces from invading Gotham City before it’s too late.
Ragman was created by Robert Kanigher and Joe Kubert, and first appeared in 1976’s Ragman #1. The character has had a relatively low-profile in DC Comics as of late, though along with the 2010 one-shot, he was a prominent part of the Shadowpact team book, which ran from 2006 to 2008.
The new Ragman miniseries is slated to debut on Oct. 11, and CBR has the first look at interior pages by Miranda and de la Cruz:
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