Revenger: The Ladies Get Their Turn at Violence
Writer: Charles Forsman
Artist: Charles Forsman
Publisher: Floating World Comics
Format: Trade Paperback
You may have recently heard of Charles Forsman from his Netflix shows The End of the Fucking World and recently I Am Not Okay with This, both based on his indie comics of the same names. If you’ve read those books or watched the series, you know that Forsman is kind of a darkly funny and intense kind of creator. What you may not know is that he used that intensity to create a book that pays tribute to the action-revenge and blaxploitation movies of the 1970s entitled Revenger. For those not in the know, blaxploitation is a term used to describe the sub-genre of action movies where the main roles were played by black actors. Most well-known blaxploitation films were action movies like Shaft, Super Fly, the films of Pam Grier, The Human Tornado, and many more.
Revenger: Children of the Damned follows the titular character (we never find out her real name) as we meet her and find that she is a woman of color who is kind of like Frank Castle aka “the Punisher” in that she helps people deal with bad people in very violent ways because of her past trauma. This time she helps a young man whose girlfriend has gone missing and he suspects foul play. Through a series of ultra-bloody encounters, Revenger gets the desired effects for both the characters in the story and the reader. This story takes place in the mid-‘80s and sets up the next book which is a prequel.
Here we find in Revenger and The Fog that before she was a lone weapon of mass destruction, Revenger was part of a vigilante group called “The Fog”. Comprised of two other badass women and a dude, the team was basically a streetwise bunch of badasses taking out thugs and villains of the world. But one of their fathers is a very powerful Hollywood film producer who has a grossly inappropriate love for his daughter. So the team is attacked, there is death and betrayal and our anti-heroine must depend on herself to finish the job and try to save her lesbian lover from a nightmare movie role.
These books are violent. They are base and some would say upsetting. But Forsman somehow keeps them fun, complete with a very dark sense of humor. I don’t know much about him but his stories seem to mostly be from the point of view of women. In this case, a very strong, powerful woman who can take on any man and come out on top. You could think of this character as Charles Bronson in the Death Wish movies only with two X chromosomes. The art in these books is very basic (in a good way) and to the point. In fact, the art is what pushes the story along. These are quick reads because of the sparse dialogue and narration. They are everything an action movie is, in two dimensions.
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