Writer: Ray Fawkes
Artists: Inaki Miranda
After a failed mission to raid a tomb in the Israeli Desert, war veteran Rory Harper is plagued by the death of his partners. As Rory battles his guilt back in Gotham City, he discovers that what was in that tomb has followed him home, and it’s about to change his life. But as Rory begins his journey, an evil is invading Gotham City, and it wants what he’s discovered. A hero is born in this visionary reimagining of the Ragman mythos by writer Ray Fawkes and artist Inaki Miranda!
In this reintroduction issue, we meet Rory Harper aka Ragman, who gives the reader a positive representation of veterans suffering from PTSD. There are parts of the book that very much remind me of Sheriff of Babylon, not only because of where the story takes place, but of how accurate he describes those relationships between Rory and his cohorts. Another positive I found within the storyline, as it blends genres quite deftly, as it melds post war drama with supernatural horror. The last positive I’ll mention is that it takes place part of the time in Gotham City, and did not mention Batman once, something I thought was requisite for all DC titles. Especially when you play in the Dark Knight’s backyard.
None as this comes as perfect as they come with a debut issue.
Worth the buy, as Fawkes finds that eerie enjoyment factor that combined superhero mythos with horror fantasy which made Justice League Dark and Constantine so good.