The Sinister Doctor And His Razor-Toothed Orderly In Ruins Of Ravencroft: Sabretooth #1

by Josh Davison

Mild Spoilers Ahead

Misty Knight, John Jameson, Mister Fantastic, and Mayor Wilson Fisk enter the basement of what was once Ravencroft Institute. Inside, they find specimens of everything from Skrulls to the Wendigo to Frankenstein’s monster. They find another array of cells and an inner chamber, which they are compelled to enter. Inside, the four are attacked by a horde of vampire mutates. At this point, we jump back in time, returning to the opening of the Ravencroft Institute by Jonas Ravencroft in 1899. We learn of some of the trials and tribulations that preceded and followed Ravencroft’s establishment, among which is the curious case of Dr. Nathaniel Esssex, Orderly Victor, Dr. Claudia Russell, and a patient named Logan.

Ruins of Ravencroft: Sabretooth #1 cover by Gerardo Sandoval and Romulo Fajardo Jr.
Ruins of Ravencroft: Sabretooth #1 cover by Gerardo Sandoval and Romulo Fajardo Jr.

Ruins of Ravencroft: Sabretooth #1 continues the expedition into the remnants of the Ravencroft Institute while showing us more of the place’s cursed history. The very land seems to attract misery and horror and is the site of another tragic chapter in the long and bloody saga of Wolverine and Sabretooth.

It captures the tenor of a classic horror tale. We have the shocking discoveries in the present followed by the story of brutality and exploitation in the past. Familiar faces permeate the latter, reminding us that history doesn’t repeat itself–but it does often rhyme.

The much-hyped Wolverine and Sabretooth battle is quite brief and not all that exciting. Logan is out of commission for much of the book, and it’s up to someone else to actually put a stop to Victor Creed.

Ruins of Ravencroft: Sabretooth #1 art by Angel Unzueta, Guillermo Sanna, Rachelle Rosenberg, and letterer VC's Travis Lanham
Ruins of Ravencroft: Sabretooth #1 art by Angel Unzueta, Guillermo Sanna, Rachelle Rosenberg, and letterer VC’s Travis Lanham

Angel Unzueta is joined by Guillermo Sanna as the flashback artist of this issue. Both put in good work with Unzueta keeping the visuals of the present creepy while Sanna makes the past aptly unwelcoming and brutal. Rachelle Rosenberg’s color work is top-notch throughout, ensuring that the book looks great.

Ruins of Ravencroft: Sabretooth #1 brings another tantalizing tail of terror as we dig deeper into the history of the Ravencroft Institute and its occupants. This one has its problems, but the overall product was a good bit of fun. As such, this one gets a recommendation. Feel free to check it out.

Ruins of Ravencroft: Sabretooth #1 comes to us from writer Frank Tieri, artists Angel Unzueta and Guillermo Sanna, color artist Rachelle Rosenberg, letterer VC’s Travis Lanham, cover artist Gerardo Sandoval with Romulo Fajardo Jr., and variant cover artist Mico Suayan with Frank D’Armata.

Final Score: 7.5/10

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