DC does realize that a dynamic, well-drawn cover can lead to a few more sales, right? Or do more sales not matter to DC once they've distributed their comics through Diamond Distributors? Can Comic Book stores get refunds on the Direct Sales comic books? I remember when Direct Sales comic books didn't have the Bar Code on the front. But that all changed when comic book stores entered the age of cash registers with scanners!
I don't often use the word "literally" incorrectly but I will here because Howard Mackie wouldn't realize what was wrong with this statement: This comic is literally a piece of shit.
Okay. I'm now ready to read about the adventures of Brother Blood with the attitude of a spoiled fifteen year old middle class suburbanite who always gets what he wants. Minus one rank for this cliche attitude!
First let me point out that all the action in the current plot is stemming from visions: Brother Blood had a vision of powerful people whose power he wants and Beast Boy had a vision of Brother Blood attacking The Ravagers. Without the stupid visions, nothing would be happening. Why even bother calling comic book writers "writers"? Anyone can write a story that involves conflict when you just have the two parties dream about the future where they need to stop something.
The comic begins with Beast Boy narration boxing his life. His life basically amounts to being named Gar Logan and his alternaname Beast Boy. He also admits to what I was just bitching about.
I'd rather read a comic book about a character that ignored her visions. And using visions to advance the plot? That's one rank dropped!
Two ranks dropped here. Carelessly and needlessly destroying all surrounding property while fighting the bad guys (sometimes it's needed if the threat is big enough. This threat could be handled more carfully) drops it one. And using the phrase "big bad" drops it another. Let me be clear about the phrase "big bad": it's fine when the cast of Buffy or Angel use it. But all of these other non-writers for DC that have glommed on to it are jerks. They could defend the use of it if the characters were fans of the show. But these kids from the colony barely remember their own names let alone a pop culture phenomena from when they were toddlers.
Beast Boy can smell Blood's basement full of blood, so he and Terra crash the disgusting bloodletting party.
I almost dropped the comic one rank for breaking through walls instead of using accessible entrance points, but who's going to search for some back staircase when you have a woman that can plow through the earth?
The battle begins and Caitlin tries to keep the others from killing but it's no use. They wipe out Blood's acolytes and then turn on Blood. But Blood seems to be a tiny bit stronger than hundreds of his acolytes put together.
Super Villain uses generic power to defeat an entire super team? Drop one rank.
Oh no! Lightning is now in The Red! I hope she doesn't break it.
I particularly like how the "o" of "on" has been emphasized. Minus one ranking!
Oh for fuck's sake!
Oh yeah, Niles Caulder is also fairly young. Can't have an old man in a comic about teenagers! And then Superboy shows up and then the comic is over.
The Ravagers #4 Rating: -7 Ranking. That's six drops in rank for listed crap and then one for the general craptacularness of it all. Bring on the sucky, horribly written Doom Patrol!