Ravencroft #2 Review

by Nick Devonald on February 26, 2020

Writer: Frank Tieri
Artists: Angel Unzueta & Jose Luis with Scott Hanna
Colors: Rachelle Rosenberg
Letters: VC’s Joe Sabino

Including the Ruins of Ravencroft one shots we’re essentially on the fifth issue of this series. Up until this point there’s been a lot of mysteries which, rather than making me interested and excited for the next issue, have left me questioning the logic of what’s going on. This issue sets out to remedy this by answering a lot of the questions we have left.

I’ve not been the biggest fan of this series in general up to this point because there were a number of things which just didn’t add up to me. Fisk’s involvement for starters. The fact that the staff are made up of a number of villains. None of these developments felt natural. This issue goes some way to resolving a number of these problems by including a flashback explaining Fisk’s involvement from before he was the Kingpin.

Is this enough to turn around my opinion on this comic? I can’t help but feel this is too little too late. I’m not invested in this series in the same way I would have been if this Fisk flashback had been shown earlier on, perhaps in one of the one shots. At least then the logic of what was happening would be easier to understand.

I’m also not sure I can wrap my head around the staff being mostly made up of villains. OK, this is a comic, I just find it incredibly difficult to believe that would ever be possible. Surely there would be checks that would prevent that from happening?

Looking past my general feelings towards this series this issue has definitely been the best one. Fisk makes for an interesting narrator, more so than any of the other narrators we’ve had so far. We can see the decisions he’s been forced to make and how he’s between a rock and a hard place. It also makes a lot of his actions fall into a morally grey area which makes for interesting reading.

Now that we’ve got a number of mysteries solved this issue decides to throw a whole load of new mysteries into the mix. The problem is I don’t know if I’m invested enough to really care about them or not. I’ll continue reading but this isn’t one of those comics I’m going to look forward to month after month. I’ll remain cautiously optimistic for its future though and hope it can continue to turn this series around.

The art is shared in this issue, not just series regular Angel Unzueta, we also have Jose Luis and Scott Hanna taking on their share of the workload. The art is good, it’s difficult to find fault with it. It just doesn’t grab me in the same way that other comic book artists work does. But of course this is subjective and I’m sure many readers will love it. Rachelle Rosenberg’s colours are good as well.

While this issue goes some way to resolving a number of the problems I had with the Ravencroft series and one-shots it still doesn’t do enough to lift it above mediocre. I’m remaining hopeful that as it progresses this may change but as it stands I’m finding it hard to be overly invested in it.

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