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"‘A Ragman’s Vow’ by Brent Knowles is a wonderful tale of magical realism, and the best tale in this installment of On Spec. Dan is the creator of a comic book featuring Ragman, a dark superhero who draws his power from the misery of the slums…" -- Jim Stratton at The Fix

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A Ragman's Vow

Copyright © 2008 by Brent Knowles


This story was originally published in On Spec #73.

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A Ragman's Vow

(Ragman, Issue #14) Below the slum known as the Labyrinth, Ragman sits atop an overturned crate, half submerged by sewage. Rats cover him.

"Stop with the puppy dog eyes," Ragman says to them, "you won't make me feel guilty about leaving the boy..."

The cab stopped. Dan's fake-leather shoes stepped into dry snow, and he thought of how his own life seemed to parallel the city's seasons, in pattern, if not in fact. The hustle and bustle of a wonderful summer had given way to a melancholic fall, which in turn was now replaced by an impassive winter. He had forgotten his scarf again, and so he pulled his business jacket tight to ward the mild wind as he left the cab to plow through sterile streets towards the bank. Rumbling bass turned his head in the direction of a long black sedan that had stopped for a red light on the street parallel to Dan's sidewalk.

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