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"Revenant: Part One" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Horde Comics

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Written by Dave Killian & Andy Conduit-Turner
Illustrated by Beth Varni
Lettered by Rob Jones
2019, 28 Pages

Review:

A monster is wreaking havoc in the streets of Whitechapel, leaving a trail of mutilated bodies in its wake. Recognizing the imminent threat this poses, Lord Carstairs, a prominent monster himself (presumably a vampire), enlists the help of Sergeant Craw, a man used to hunting all manner of things that go bump in the night. This unlikely duo must put aside their differences if they hope to put this beast down before it becomes unstoppable.

The premise for Revenant is spot on. It's easy to get into a story like this, however it takes the long way around to getting to the action. When Carstairs and Craw finally begin their investigation, they're thwarted by local police and resort to bumbling antics to try to get past them. You'd think with the vast amount of experience these two have between them that they'd be able to outsmart a couple of local beat cops.

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While I assume Carstairs is a vampire, I don't know for sure. It's certainly implied, but he could also be a werewolf. Artist Beth Varni makes him appear as a distinguished gentleman, however his dark sunglasses hide glowing red eyes. He looks a bit silly at times, so I'm eager to see how he might let loose and really (pardon the pun) sink his teeth into something...or someone.

When Carstairs does “vamp out,” his speech changes. Letterer Rob Jones transitions from normal word balloons to a more erratic font within a jagged balloon. This gives the appearance of a guttural growl.

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There are some scenes where the characters look a little flat, like they were three dimensional but squished into 2D. This makes for some awkward poses and angles and can be somewhat distracting at times.

Revenant has a solid premise, although it takes some time to get going. It makes for an uneven pace, as every time the comic picks up momentum, it loses it with a lot of talking and exposition. With those pieces out of the way, I'm hoping things ramp up, especially as we get closer to the big bad, which is only hinted at and not shown.

Grades:

Story: Threestars Revenant One Small
Art: Threestars
Overall: Threestars

About The Author
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James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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