ReviewTitle: “See No Evil”
Synopsis: When a mute, blind orphan witnesses a murder, local thugs again come to blows with Ragman.
Writer: Robert Kanigher
Artist (layouts): Joe Kubert
Penciler: Redondo Studio
Inker: Redondo Studio
This splendid, short-lived series continues its run of strong issues with a done-in-one tale featuring a blind/mute murder witness who comes under the protection of Ragman. Writer Bob Kanigher does a great job making this story believable – at least until the rushed, rather silly ending. Kanigher also fails to trust his own storytelling, supplementing subtle, well-delivered clues with awkward, ham-fisted hints. That’s too bad, because the subtle approach was very effective, thanks to some perfectly executed visual storytelling by the Redondo Studio. This might not be the best of Ragman’s five issues, but it’s still an excellent Bronze Age comic.
Cool factor: The art by the Redondo Studio – obviously influenced by Ragman co-creator Joe Kubert – has been strong throughout, but it really shines this issue.
Not-so-cool factor: The ending involves a mechanized, battle wheelchair. And an attack tabby.
Second opinion: Recommended by The Slings & Arrows Comic Guide (second edition).
Notable: Includes a one-page, public-service notice, “Justice for All Includes Children, 8,” with art by Curt Swan.
“Let ’em dance on air!”A nameless, knuckle-cracking thug, before lynching a pair of community activists
Published and © by DC, December 1976-January 1977
Cover by Joe Kubert
Collected EditionsRagman #3 remains uncollected at the time of this review’s publication.
Editor’s note: This review first appeared on Comics Bronze Age, Dec. 2, 2009.