Writers: Justin Gray & Jimmy Palmiotti
Penciller: Jamal Igle
Inker: Rich Perrotta
Colorist: Guy Major
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Publisher: DC Comics
4 Issue Mini Series
To begin with forget everything you know about The Ray and the hero’s lineage as this is a brand new take on the character. I know I was thinking the same thing, no more cool helmet or badass leather jacket. If you where expecting the reintroduction of Ray Terrill into the New DCU you’ll be disappointed but I promise that will not last long as Justin, Jimmy, and Jamal have created a great launch and have produced the ideal jumping on point for new and existing readers. Keen eyes will notice a mention regarding Happy Terrill, so not all has been forgotten.
Here's a couple of reasons why I found this comic book so enjoyable to read:
A Diverse Cast! The lead Lucien is Korea, his parents are hippies (and Caucasian … interesting), his best friend Darius is African American, and Chanti his understanding girlfriend is Indian.
Comic books should be Fun! The humor weaved together with the action made this story stand out. I kept cracking smiles as I was reading and that will keep me coming back each month.
Secret Identity? There is none (at this point), Lucien’s family and close friends all know what’s happened to him as well as supporting him in his new role as a Hero.
Shocking Ending! Violent and shocking, what a way to end the first issue. I did not see that coming and honestly it caught me off guard, in a good way. I also liked how it incorporated a location from the Batman mythos, it helped cement this story into the DC Universe.
The next time you visit your local comic shop see if they still have a copy on the shelf. The second issue is expected on or around January 11th. It was the creative team of Justin & Jimmy working with Jamal that first caught my attention and if you enjoyed what they’ve produced here make yourself a note to look for some of their past work the next time you’re back issue diving. I always make a point in trying any comic book that I see their names attached to.