Delving into the nature of evil itself in the Marvel Universe is the publisher’s new set of Ravencroft one-shots and forthcoming miniseries.
Marvel is promising a lot with everything that’ll be hitting retail under Ravencroft banner. Yes, I know it’s a somewhat minor event, and not really all that studded with star-power. But stay with me here, because Ravencroft sounds like the opposite of much of what Marvel has been doing.
While there’ve been serious moments, Marvel has had a much more lighthearted take overall to its stories than it has in past eras. Ravencroft though, sounds like it could be as dark as anything they’ve done.
Starting things off is a series of one-shots including Carnage, Sabertooth, and Dracula. After that will be a five issue miniseries, one that Marvel says will figure into some larger plans later on.
Writer Frank Tieri explains:
“We’re really telling the tale of two Ravencrofts. In the RUINS OF RAVENCROFT one-shots, we’re taking a deep dive into the PAST… uncovering some of the previously unrevealed dark lore of the institution, which as readers will see is very much intertwined with some rather disturbing history of the Marvel Universe itself. In fact, one could even say the history of Ravencroft IS the history of evil in the Marvel Universe. Fans saw that demonstrated firsthand in the just released RUINS OF RAVENCROFT: CARNAGE and that trend continues with the upcoming RUINS OF RAVENCROFT: SABRETOOTH and RUINS OF RAVENCROFT: DRACULA.
“These diabolical history lessons lead us to our five issue series, RAVENCROFT where we deal with Ravencroft’s PRESENT. Expect plenty of twists and turns and some really %^&*ed up surprises… and that’s not even me mentioning the VERY shocking prisoner who occupies Cell 616. And I’ll just let fans make of that what they will in the meantime…”Frank Tieri
And while you’re here, you might as well check out a preview of the upcoming Ravencroft: Sabertooth. It comes complete with an extremely disturbing Wolverine cameo…