Issue by Issue – Ragman #2

Writer – Robert Kanigher
Artist – The Redondo Studio

When the book commences, Ragman is seen putting a stop to a couple of crooks who are on the run from the police and it is portrayed in grand fashion from those at The Redondo Studio. When it is all said and done, a very grateful hostage named Opal thanks Ragman with a kiss and she seems more than interested in him, though he wants nothing to do with her, soon dissipating as if by magic. Robert Kanigher soon takes Rory Regan back to his junk shop where he reflects back on his father and of his promise to make Rory a multi-millionaire. Unbeknownst to Rory, his father did indeed do just that, but also unbeknownst to him, his father has laid more trouble on his doorstep than he ever would have thought possible. More groundwork is laid by Kanigher to show what a good Samaritan Rory is and it works well, making the man a virtual saint. One of the more interesting characters in the book, perhaps because she is not quite as fleshed out as of yet, is Bette – the erstwhile girlfriend of Rory who cannot seem to make up her mind as to whether she wants to be with him or not. The last half of the book deals with The Syndicate, a group of criminals led by a man named Flowers who are looking to get the two-point six million dollars that went missing in or near the junkyard. To do that they know that there is a chance that Ragman might interfere and so they bring in the previously seen Opal who knows nothing, but who is going to be used as bait in case Ragman does show up. All of this also involves a bomb that is soon delivered to Rory at the junkshop, one that soon goes off and one which spurs Ragman into action when the bad guys finally show up. The last few pages of the book are a crescendo of action and violence and it looks fantastic, Ragman and Opal evading some very dangerous helicopter blades during one panel. Come the end of the book, Kanigher has the hero win out with Opal none the worse for wear and nobody finding the money, at least as of yet.

4 out of 5

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