I’m back again with another installment of Luck of the DRAWer box. This time around I am reviewing.
The Ray #1
Written by Cristopher Priest
Art by Howard Porter
Released by DC Comics
Released in 1994
I had never even heard of this character until I pulled this book out of a long box at I LIke Comics. My first impression when I pulled this issue was “Oh my god it has a chromium cover.” And I know you can’t always judge a book by it’s cover, but I have had some bad experiences with the gimmick covers of the 90’s. So I have associated special covers as being just a flashy cover for a sub par book. But I read on anyways in hopes of being proven wrong.
The Ray did nothing to impress me. The main character, cleverly named Ray, comes off as a whiny twenty-something with nothing to like. And his superpowered persona, The Ray, has a very ill defined set of powers. From what little I could decipher from this issue he has some kind of power based on storing light and discharging it. He can use the stored light to fly and shoot hard light beams as weapons. And although they don’t make it clear, I think the source of his powers is a jacket. But I could be wrong. I think this because at one point he needs to become the Ray, so he has to take his jacket back from a girl who is borrowing it. And the jacket is extremely stuck in the 90’s
The only part of the story that redeemed it slightly was the appearance of Superboy. Though it was clear he was brought in an attempt to get more people to check it out. The Ray and Superboy banter back in forth like a couple of spoiled little school kids arguing over who’s dad could beat up who. The villain is some kind of weapon of Darkseid called Brimstone. Which from the editor notes it sounds like that was a mini event going throughout various books at the time. But I didn’t really care.
The art of Howard Porter is a bright spot to the issue. Even his 90’s art shows much more talent than this book deserved. Though Ray and his cousin Hank often look identical when the panel doesn’t show their hair color.
1 out of 5
This is the first time I read a book and it was a struggle to get through it. I won’t be reading anymore of this series. It just wasn’t for me. I really was hoping to discover a new character that would catch my interest.
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