Ravencroft #4 Continues To Build Up Marvel’s Institute for the Criminally Insane

While I won’t be so bold to say that the world is getting back to some semblance of normal (sorry friends, the old ways weren’t working, clearly, and we’ve got a ways to go before things feel safe and right again), the comic book industry is slowly bringing back new titles to both your Local Come Store along with digital storefronts like ComiXology. That’s good news hopefully, for creators, LCS owners, and readers like myself. Marvel began releasing news stories themselves last week direct to digital, which worked well for me, letting me read a new issue of one of my favourite series.

RavencroftRavencroft #4
Writer: Frank Tieri
Artist: Angel Unzueta

I’ve written previously about how Marvel via Frank Tieri has been working to establish Ravencroft Institute for the Criminally Insane as “the most dangerous place on the planet”; when you’ve got the Kingpin and Norman Osborn playing huge parts in its upkeep, well, maybe it is that bad.

Over the course of four issues (so far), readers have watched as Tieri and artist Angel Unzueta have weaved a solid mix of the familiar world of Marvel with horror elements, including the Unwanted, a demonic mix of ghouls who had been abandoned in the bowels of Ravencroft over the decades. The Unwanted want out, and it’s up to a few familiar faces, including Misty Knight, John Jameson, and The Punisher to keep the bad things at bay.

This latest issue does a great job in connecting Ravencroft and the Unwanted to the past in a way that I found completely unexpected, with an explanation that worked for me – obviously, I’m not spilling secrets here, except to say that everything Tieri’s crafted makes sense, which is something I’m always looking for as a reader.

If you haven’t been reading Ravencroft and you like your Marvel stories a little darker, you should definitely pick up the series the best you see fit. With one issue to come, it’s a solid read and will help make your isolation feel a little less like you’re behind bars.

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