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"Revenant: Part Two" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Horde Comics

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Written by Dave Killian & Silviya Valkanova
Illustrated by Beth Varni
Lettered by Rob Jones
2019, 36 Pages

Review:

Craw and Lord Carstairs are hot on the trail of the Ripper, who is terrorizing London in 1888. The two have very different methods for tracking this killer and are often butting heads along the way. Much of this has to do with Craw's pure malice towards revenants like Carstairs. In the second part of Revenant we get an idea of how this hatred grew as the hunt continues.

Revanant: Part Two includes a number of flashbacks to Craw's violent past. It seems he's always had a mean streak and the monsters are just where he decided to direct it. The opening pages of this issue make it very hard for us to sympathize with the character, as he appears to be more monstrous than the creatures he hunts. It's like Craw just loves killing and the unnatural creatures he seeks present the biggest challenge.

Contrast this with Carstairs, who is willing to go to great lengths for the answers he seeks, albeit a little more subtle than Craw's brute force. He may literally be a monster (although we don't really know what kind), he's more human than his partner.

The flashbacks are helpful in fleshing out the character but detract from the present day narrative. There were already a lot of questions about what was going on and this issue does little to answer them. If anything, it only adds more. Writers Dave Killian & Silviya Valkanova are taking time to establish the characters a bit more, or at least Craw, but as mentioned before, it's tough to identify with him since he's a horrible human being. I don't see him softening over the course of this series.

Artist Beth Varni drives home just how brutal and downright mean Craw is during the scenes from the past. There are some excellent shots showing the man unleashing his rage in a horrifying fashion. The colors really pop in these sequences too, showing Craw in a violent red as his face twists in a mix of hatred and anger. In other scenes, Craw has a near permanent scowl on his face. I'm not sure his mouth can even form a smile.

The flashback pages are identified by small caption boxes that look like they were torn from an old journal. Letterer Rob Jones uses an old school cursive font for these that's fitting for the late 19th century time period.

Revenant is still taking shape. The key elements are there, but they're not quite lining up just yet. The focus shift to Craw and his complicated and bloody backstory is rather off-putting when there's an exciting murder mystery at work in the present day. This is especially true since Craw is a monster in his own right with little to no sympathetic aspects.

Grades:

Story: Twoandahalfstars Cover
Art: threestars
Overall: 2.5 Star Rating

About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
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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