The Ravagers #1

The Ravagers #1

Writer: Howard Mackie Artist: Ian Churchill Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: May 30, 2012 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 3
5.5Critic Rating
6.2User Rating

First issue of a new series spinning directly out of "THE CULLING!" FAIRCHILD, brother and sister THUNDER and LIGHTNING, the monstrous RIDGE, BEAST BOY and TERRA are being pursued by ROSE WILSON and WARBLADE, who want them dead at any cost! No one's survival is certain each month in THE RAVAGERS!

  • 9.0
    Wildstorm Addiction - Joe David Soliz May 31, 2012

    I could not be happier with this book. When it was first announced I was skeptical because, first off, I was hoping for a Gen 13, but secondly I had no idea what the title ‘Ravagers' meant. But since coming through The Culling crossover and seeing how it all came together I'm really happy how it turned out. I hope everyone who's curious about the second wave books will give this one a try. You will not be disappointed! Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore Jun 1, 2012

    Even if it wasn't, I'm still pretty impressed by this book. It isn't exactly the type of book I find myself wanting to read, but the execution is pretty hard to argue with. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero May 30, 2012

    The first issue is off to a strong start. We're seeing Fairchild try to maintain control over the kids that escaped. It would be too easy for the story if they all got along right away. We have plenty of tension and mistrust which is understandable given what the kids have been through. We still have shades of 'The Culling' storyline along with N.O.W.H.E.R.E. here which I am ready to see go away for a while. We could use a different set of villains or problems for the characters to cope with. Ian Churchill excels at drawing the numerous characters, giving each their own look and feel. It's hard to say where this series is going to and how this group of survivors will get along as a team. That's going to be part of the fun in this new series. It's great to see Howard Mackie back in comics. I'm not sure where he's been but I know the series is in safe hands with Mackie and Churchill. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Comic Addicts - Akshay Dhar Jun 4, 2012

    Definitely a great start and with a mix of characters (didn't want to name more and spoil anything yet, sorry) and with a lot of potential to be an interesting aspect of and very different kind of story-telling and adventures than any other DC book right now " I would recommend this to most folks and I hope the issues ahead live up to this one. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    cxPulp - Blake Petit Jun 4, 2012

    Its a good first issue, but it doesnt really feel new. Hopefully that wont put off too many people. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker May 30, 2012

    The Ravagers #1 seems to exist entirely to branch out from the Superboy/Teen Titans storyline and not really to involve new readers. It's just kinda there. Not a yay, not a nay, just a meh. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey May 30, 2012

    The Ravagers is off to a decent start. The characters and set up is enough to warrant the purchase of a few more issues, if nothing else. Hopefully, this creative team can take these kids to some interesting places and scenarios, away from remnants of The Culling, because it seems like there are cool stories that could be told. Some new costumes would probably help, too. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comicosity - Aaron Long May 31, 2012

    Despite my confusion I will be giving The Ravagers a second chance, if for no other reason than Churchill's art. Hopefully as the book progresses the cloud of confusion may begin to leave my brain and this book will really find it's own voice. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Flip Geeks - Earl Maghirang Jun 1, 2012

    The colors and the inks are solid for this book. Giving credits to the rest of the creative team for this. Also the cliffhanger definitely ends well in a cliffhanger which is fairly awesome. I'm giving this a chance for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 5.8
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Aug 12, 2014

    As I said before, you'll be completely lost if you didn't read The Culling story arc that preceded this series.  Really though even if you did read the story, I don't really see a reason to follow this series after reading this first issue.  Just a lot of bickering and people whining about what they've gone through.  I understand that we need to feel sorry for these characters, but at the end of the issue I don't really care if they go back to their former hell or not.  So looking back at this first issue, I can honestly say that this was a series that didn't stand a chance and I can completely understand why it was cancelled. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Entertainment Fuse - Kat West AKA Comic Uno Jun 6, 2012

    If you like teen books and the Culling than I recommend you to pick up this issue, but if you didn't like the Culling and you don't like teen books than I recommend you not to pick up the series. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    The Comic Book Revue - Jay Mattson May 31, 2012

    The Ravagers is just unnecessary, and that's a big weak point when it comes to a series that's supposed to be all-action all the time. The series is called The Ravagers, yet these MAIN CHARACTERS are not Ravagers! Rose Wilson and Warblade are Ravagers, and they appear and attack Fairchild & Co., but the entire title of this book is a total and complete misdirect. Who knows, maybe Mackie has amazing plans for this title down the line and I'll just need to sit it out and wait. Unfortunately for me, I have to endure characters like Ridge until DC gets it's shit together. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Examiner - Jose J. Becerra Jr. May 30, 2012

    It's hard to recommend this issue to a new reader who is just getting into comics, without reading previous issues of Teen Titans, Superboy, and Legion Lost. It's also good to have some sort of character background with Caitlin Fairchild. Overall, this issue wasn't as great as I thought it would be. Will I pick up issue 2? Perhaps, but only time will tell. The character development and the team itself has to be the main focus here, especially for new readers. If that happens, this title may have a chance at being successful. The Ravagers has 32 color pages and retails for $2.99 US, on sale now at comic shops or on digital apps. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Examiner - Anthony Schultz Jun 11, 2012

    From my understanding one of the main tenants of the Ravagers' dynamic is the simple fact that they are essentially tortured meta-humans with a tampered moral compass. As a group they are going to have to ascertain their place upon the good vs. evil battlefield, and instead of setting some underlying narrative to dive into this as the series progresses there are particular snippets that try too hard to explain something too complex for the infancy of the series. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Fanboy Buzz - MQuannBoyd May 31, 2012

    This issue has a decent amount of good, clean verbaland physicalin-fighting between the six, some hero and villain punchy, punch, stabby, stab, stab and stellar pencil work by Ian Churchill. With plentyof story potential and a dynamite creative team, The Ravagers, has a fighting change of picking up steam and finding a niche within the New 52 given a tad bit more character development. Who knows, I might be temped to pick up issue #2; I mean, cat's have nine lives, right? Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jun 1, 2012

    The most burning question of the issue comes from the cover: Why is Fairchild (who spends the whole issue bundled up like an eskimo, in her underwear on the cover? Is it merely to make her identifiable to fans who might not recognize her otherwise? Or just to display her formidable super-gazongas and move books? Spinning out of 'The Culling,' this issue seems to expect you to have read all that crossover as a compulsory to understanding, which works against the book, and nothing much really happens other than snarling and wholesale murder. Either way, The Ravagers #1 isn't even the example of the Bad Girl 90′s excesses that the cover might lead you to believe, it's just not a particularly interesting or well done comic, earning 1.5 out of 5 stars overall. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Comic Book Resources - Kelly Thompson May 31, 2012

    When DC announced it was pulling six titles and launching six new number ones, I know many hoped some of the new books would be more well-considered than some of the less successful New 52, but "The Ravagers" in one fell swoop has destroyed that idea. Though not all of the books are likely to be as bad as this one, quite frankly it's surprising that this book made it through to print even without the obvious errors. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson May 31, 2012

    What's most frustrating about this issue is how little the script tells the reader about what's going on. Several characters aren't even named, even though they're the focus of a scene or two. We don't know what N.O.W.H.E.R.E. is. There's no exposition to explain why Thunder and Lightning, purported siblings, look nothing alike. We don't know what served as the catalyst for the escape attempt. We don't know what's driving Fairchild. We're not told why these characters are called "ravagers" in the first place. I recognize many of these answers are likely included in recent issues of Teen Titans and other comics, but the fact of the matter is this is a first issue. Mackie has failed to write it as such, though, ignoring the fact that a debut issue is most definitely going to be many readers' first. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    James Lebowski Feb 1, 2014

    I am à fan of Ian so wanted to read this serie, for someone that is not reading teen titans its à oké book to read. It issnt the big wow but It still gots me reading it

  • 4.0
    hatmasta Oct 16, 2012

    All I could think about as I put this book down was, "Uh...what just happened?" There are good things and bad things about this book, but the bad weigh in pretty heavily. First of all....Howard Mackie's writing isn't that great. There are a few funny moments of witty banter, but I find that Mackie shares that undesirable quality with a few other writers (Scott Lobdell/Tom DeFalco) wherein much of the characters' dialogue feels very forced. And by that I mean the characters' dialogue feels so unreal compared to what they would actually be saying. I found two misspelt words and one incorrect sentence. That's bad on the writer AND the editor. The only saving grace of this book is the art, which is, at times, fantastic. However, there are several instances where Churchill (artist) does a very poor job of depicting what is happening. Two of the characters' deaths are insinuated but never really shown. It's like...the kill is built up but is shown offscreen....what?!?!

  • 8.0
    BlackStar Jun 30, 2015

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