Ruins Of Ravencroft: Sabretooth Review

by Nick Devonald on January 15, 2020

Writer: Frank Tieri
Artist (Modern Day): Angel Unzueta
Artist (Flashback): Guillermo Sanna
Colors: Rachelle Rosenberg
Letters: VC’s Travis Lanham

I enjoyed the last issue even if it wasn’t anything spectacular. It has some nice potential to it and a few nice idea’s. I wasn’t convinced on all of the Carnage/Knull aspects of it, and learning that one of Cletus Casady’s ancestors was involved felt like a cheap gimmick rather than good story-telling. This issue leaves all of that aside however and we get to focus on a new chapter in the asylums history.

It’s told in the same fashion as the last one, two segments, present and past. The present day tale bookends the past, and continues the story from last issue involving Fisk, Misty Knight, John Jameson, and Reed Richards. It struck me as an odd combination last time, Misty and John make sense following their history with Ravencroft in the Absolute Carnage event. I’m sure the next issue will explain Fisk’s involvement a little more, or perhaps just be setting it up for the Ravencroft series at the end of the month. But quite what Reed Richards is doing there is beyond me.

The art duties are again split like last issue, Angel Unzueta is still in charge of the modern day segment while the past is now down by Guillermo Sanna. I found it effective in the last issue and it continues to be in this one as well.

I enjoyed the modern day aspects of the comic more in this issue than the last. It’s building towards something which no doubt will be the basis for the upcoming Ravencroft ongoing series. Fisk seems to have more knowledge than he’s letting on and most likely will end up being a main character in that.

The past story this time focuses on Sabretooth in an untold chapter in his history. I won’t mention any other characters present for fear of spoilers but it shouldn’t be a huge stretch to guess who one of the characters is based on their history with Sabretooth. It was an enjoyable story even if it didn’t really add much to the story. It explains a little more about the underground facility that was discovered at the end of the last issue but we still have plenty of unanswered questions.

The two artists styles are both quite different which really helps to differentiate the two different time periods. It’s effective and I liked it in the last issue as well as this one. Guillermo Sanna’s art really helps highlight the horror aspects of this issue, while Angel Unzueta’s art really captures the action scenes well.

Rachelle Rosenbergs colors deserve a special mention as well. She’s coloring for two different artists, their different styles meant to represent the different time periods, and by coloring for two different artists she has a bit of a challenge ahead of her. Her colors manage to keep the story flowing without being obviously different, yet she manages to color the two different time periods in subtly differently to help differentiate, along with the differing artists, the two time periods.
With only one more one shot left, the next one focusing on Dracula (And captain America judging by the cover) I’ll be interested to see where it goes.

Using some clever techniques we get a continuation of the modern day Ravencroft story, as well as delving into a hidden story from Marvel history. A good horror story, I’m still not convinced on the line up of characters in the modern story. The art’s good and I look forward to next weeks concluding issue.

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