TEAM 7 #2

Review by: grifter78

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Story by Justin Jordan
Art by Ron Frenz, Julius Gopez, & Scott Hanna
Colors by Nathan Eyring
Letters by Carlos M. Mangual
Cover by Ken Lashley, Nathan Eyring, Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund, & Andrew Dalhouse

Size: 32 pages
Price: 2.99

(No Spoilers)
Surprisingly a great jumping on point for new readers, this issue delivers on the action and gives us lots of great moments between the characters. The guest-appearance by Superboy helps add to the struggle these characters are facing and I’m loving the relationship (not a romantic one) that he’s developed with Cailtlin Fairchild. On top of that we get a great art tag-team with Ian Churchill & Tyler Kirkham. All around, a superb issue and one that reminds me why this is one of my favorite books right now.
Ravagers as a book took a while to get its footing. But with the initial arc and Zero Issue month out of the way, I can tell Howard Mackie took the time to make this a new-reader friendly issue. He starts off with having some simple exposition from one of the characters that reviews each of the Ravagers’ names and their powers. You also get to see them in action too. Then we move on to something I love which is seeing superheroes chilling out in the real world. It’s something I’ve seen many times during my years of reading comics but it’s an idea that still appeals to me. And finally, for those who have been reading since the beginning get treated to the return of several characters at the end of the issue (including two minors ones I thought we’d never see again).
I already love Ian Churchill’s art and have normally been disappointed when other artists have been brought in to help him finish an issue. But this time they brought in Tyler Kirkham to help and I like his art so it was a good compliment to Churchhill’s. Because of the three acts I mentioned earlier, we get treated to some great action art as well as the superheroes in the real world which the artists have some fun with.
It’s also noteworthy this month that we get twice the Ravager-goodness as the team appears in Legion Lost #14 (which apparently takes place after Ravagers #7 next month). If you’re looking for more on the villain Harvest who originally created the Ravagers be sure and check out that book as well.
Stormwatch and Ravagers are my two favorite books right now. Ravagers once again narrowly beats Stormwatch for me this month. I’m just so happy with the direction of the book and I’m loving the interaction between the characters. All this and some beautiful art make for a winner in my book.

Story: 4 - Very Good
Art: 3 - Good

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  1. grifter78 grifter78 says:

    Doh! Accidentally posted the wrong review here. :/

    THIS IS THE REAL REVIEW:

    (No Spoilers)

    With all the introductions behind us, the team is finally able to get the story moving as we get some great action and some great character moments. You could tell Justin Jordan was having fun with this issue as we get a lot of story crammed into the issue. Guest artists Ron Frenz and Julius Gopez did a better job in my opinion with the art. Here’s to hoping that this is the beginning of a positive trend for this book!

    This is a great example of a book that can have good action as well as a good story. Black Canary narrates the issue much like Lynch did in issue 1 but her commentary didn’t overpower the story. It was inserted in just the right spots so it would compliment what was going on at the time. We’re got so many characters to keep up with, Jordan wisely gives the lesser known characters some screen time. Bronson, or “Iron Man” as we jokingly refer to him, gets a rather comedic moment that ends up helping the team.

    Jordan also does well to tie this back to a moment in issue zero which I never would’ve thought would be something we’d revisit. It’s good that he’s not just doing throw-away stories. The same can be said for some of the newer characters like Bronson. It would be easy to dismiss them as cannon fodder since there are other more well-known characters on the team. But not only has Jodran said they are certainly not cannon-fodder, but he’s also proving it here by giving them moments to shine.

    If I had any complaints about the issue, it’s kind of a weird one. For old Wildstorm fans, there’s mention of an old Wildstorm villain here, although unfortunately, it seems it was just a tease (hopefully for future stories). It’s almost as if Jordan had this villain ready and at the last minute they told him to use Eclipso instead (not a spoiler, he’s in the solicits). While a weird choice, it’s still cool that the idea that this Wildstorm villain exists has been established in the New 52.

    This was the issue I wanted after zero but it’s ok that we had to get through all the re-introductions in issue one. If the stories continue like this, than the title should have a long shelf life. I’m still pushing for a better artist just because I think the book needs to have a stronger visual appeal. But for now, hopefully the story alone will keep people hooked.

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