Comics: Image's "Revenge" is Insane
- by Señor Editor, 9 May 2014
With so many comics to check out every week, „Revenge”, by Jonathan Ross and Ian Churchill, somehow slipped through the cracks for me. Three issues have passed before I jumped on board, but boy, am I happy I did. Because “Revenge” is absolutely f***in insane.
We meet Griffin just as his face is being removed. But something is going terribly wrong. Who would have thought! Turns out he is not given any anesthetics, and he’s in agony. It was Candy’s plan all along. See, Griffin is kind of a terrible person, your typical Hollywood scumbag egomaniac, and Candy is actually the daughter of a woman that the actor met years ago and subsequently dumped. He's a little better now, meeting his kids and trying to be a good father, but that doesn't really redeem him, and Candy wants to turn his life into hell before getting rid of him.
She’s out for revenge, removing Griffin’s face and fingerprints, to graft them on her dumb boyfriend, so they can then sign papers that makes Candy the only heir of the aging actor’s fortune. Until it’s all done, Griffin will stay in Mexico, still in agony, until Candy can come back and finish him once and for all.
Obviously, that’s not what happens. Thanks to the dwarf guy, Griffin regains control of his body and frees himself, killing his captors. He then goes to the doctor’s place, killing his guard dogs, and having the doc sew the face of one of the dogs (…) to his head, so he at least won’t bleed out or something. Then, he heads back home, with Diablo and the little horned guy at his side, for revenge.
From left: Griffin busting loose, and Griffin with his new face, on the cover of #3. Click on each to enlarge,
Guys, this comic is so crazy that you just can’t stop reading it. It’s for “mature” readers, due to large amounts of gore and some pretty explicit sex scenes. It’s like a terrible B-movie plot happening to a terrible B-movie star. It’s amazing. You don’t really like Griffin, but his wife is so sadistic in her scheme, that you kind of cheer for the mad man (and he is mad – he’s delusional from all the pain and mistaking his past movies for his actual memories). Ross does a good job telling the story and making it consistently more and more insane and action-packed.
Ian Churchill’s art is (as usual) very, very pretty. Everything, from the sex scenes to the scenes of faces being ripped off, to the insane dreams of agonized Griffin, looks very good. Every panel is crisp and attractive, making this balls-crazy book a joy to look at.
I’m glad I picked it up, because it’s a pretty original title, so absurdly graphic and brutal and funny that you can’t help but be drawn to it. Give it a try, but only if you’re old enough and don’t mind seeing some messed up things. It's very entertaining stuff. AND IT STARS A MAN WITH A DOG’S FACE SEWN ON.
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