Revenge #1

Revenge #1

Writer: Jonathan Ross Artist: Ian Churchill Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: February 26, 2014 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 1
6.5Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

Griffin Franks was a joke in Hollywood. A washed up action-hero. Over the hill. Past it. A has-been. A barely-was. But now he IS The Revenger. He's a star. His movie's a hit. His latest wife is hot. He finally has everything he wants. Just in time for someone to take it all away. Forever. Starting with his face.

  • 9.0
    Fortress of Solitude - Byron Hendricks Feb 27, 2014

    This comic aims to do one thing and that is unsettling readers. The level of violence is revved up, thanks to scenes from The Revenger and operating scenes. You have it all from decapitation to skinning people alive. Whether it is fantasy or reality, it all feels the same stomach wrenching. This comic felt a bit like an HBO or Starz series. It is filled with violence, breasts and fan service in the form of explicit sex scenes. I reiterate that this book is strictly for mature readers. Parents that buy this book for a young reader will have a lot of explaining to do. While it may be predictable, clich and too much to handle, as you progress through the book you will realise that this seedy, sadistic story is still enjoyable and will leave you wanting more. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bloody Disgusting - BigJ Feb 27, 2014

    There's something uniquely satisfying about a hard boiled revenge tale that we can all take solace in. Everyone has had an experience where they've been screwed over and wanted to extract revenge against those that have dared to cross us. Jonathan Ross and Ian Churchill have taken our darkest fantasies about revenge and boiled them into grotesque grindhouse comic that truly gets under your skin. Every page of Revenge was tailor made for horror fanatics who can rejoice in blood, sex, violence and crazy plot twists. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AiPT! - Sean M. Thompson Feb 26, 2014

    However, there is still the clich revenge aspect of the plot, which keeps this tale from elevating itself much higher, for now. Give it a read if you dig splatter, and want to watch an old guy bang a plastic blonde. But also, read it if you like things which throw Hollywood on its head. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Unleash The Fanboy - John McCubbin Feb 25, 2014

    The Revenge gets off to a terrific start, as although it's graphic nature may put some fanboys off, there are plenty more that will love this grindhouse style tale. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Rhymes With Geek - Kyle Overkill Feb 25, 2014

    For a story that at times might make you feel like it is predictable and draws many references from other works, Ross and Church have crafted a story that provides more than enough twists, intriguing characters, and outstanding artwork that make Revenge stand on its own two legs. Revenge feels like it is the book Avatar Press is always trying to make but can not seem to nail. Half way through Revenge I was on board with what was happening to Griffen and by the end I can't wait for issue two to root for Griffen to do some work to these mother fuckers. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Brian Reed Apr 9, 2014

    When the Mature rating isn't getting in the way, this book is reallygood. I wish it took itself just a little more seriously, because withthis solid story, great art, and characters you feel something for inthe first issue, its worth being taken seriously. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Front Towards Gamer - Lido Feb 25, 2014

    also, you better believe those two are name dropped.) Honestly, what The Revenge reminds me of the most is a slightly lesser version of Hobo With a Shotgun. The Revenge has all the fetishized, over-the-top violence and crazy sex, but without the angry yet sincere central message and strong leading performance. The result may not be a deconstruction, or an elevation of junk films, but it is a celebration of them, and for me, that was enough; recommended. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    ComicBuzz - Ollie Mar 4, 2014

    If readers pick this up thinking that is similar to America's Got Powers in the sense there is nothing risqu about it, they are in for a major shock with the amount of sexual imagery and torture scenes that are in the book. I am not saying that there is anything wrong with this; its just a warning for the old dears that love Jonathan Ross the celebrity. This book could be a huge hit with fans of titles such as Crossed or Ferals. Churchill is an artist and the top if his game and it allows Ross to let his imagination run wild as the art really is of the highest quality. The double page spread on the second and third pages is a thing of visceral beauty and shows all the violence and sexual imagery in amazing detail. If you like reading a book with some over the top violence, you could do worse than pick up this book but if you are of a squeamish disposition, check out something else. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Mar 2, 2014

    The simplest way I can describe Revenge is a B-movie horror flick that's intended to push the shock level in terms of violence, sex and gore. Much like the fake movie poster on the back cover that has the tagline, "30 years ago they left him to die. Now he's back with only one thing on his mind"Revenge!", it's supposed to be a bit satirical. If you can take the premise for what it is, it can be an entertaining read. At the same time, although some of the details are different, this is a story with characters that we've seen plenty of times before. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jamil Scalese Mar 4, 2014

    This debut issue did just enough for it to be a success, but this series could fly off the rails at any point. Revenge #1 is full of surprises but it hinges on how it happens and not what happens. The concept of revenge is one explored many times in every nearly artistic medium, and it's hard to tell if Ross and Churchill are exploring its complications or merely paying homage. The narrative needs to elevate in some way, and I'll be checking out issue #2 to see if they can do it. Read Full Review

  • 6.2
    Multiversity Comics - James Johnston Feb 28, 2014

    There's potential here, but it's buried underneath a substantial layer of grime. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Joey Caswell Feb 24, 2014

    Alright, so personal feelings about this book were a little confused at first. Like the recent TV series, Spartacus: Blood and Sand, this first issue felt big on crass behavior and shock value, but short on depth and story. However, as things progress, it gradually becomes apparent that there is a lot more going on behind the scenes of this initial setup. It seems as though there are two sides to this series, and weve just gotten a brief glimpse of the heavier side of things. The artwork is amazing and the story did show a lot of potential. It will be interesting to see where this one goes. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Eric Biewenga Feb 27, 2014

    This really is a take it or leave it issue; if you have the money and want to pick up an action title go ahead. This has potential and that is the only reason I will check out issue two. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker Feb 26, 2014

    I could hope there'll be some amazing bait and switch and this will in fact be a movie inside the comic and some reveal will happen that'll surprise the reader, but for some reason, I just don't see that coming down the pipeline. If you enjoy blood and gore and no plot, then go for it. I myself want a bit of story. All shock and no story does not make a good comic or good entertainment. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Newsarama - Michael Moccio Feb 27, 2014

    By the end of the issue, Franks' motives are clear and simple: he wants revenge; Ross' choice to strike that simplicity is a success because the story has a clear route to go. Beyond Franks as a character, there's"unfortunately"not much else: the plot is unbelievable at best and the artwork is overly gratuitous in both the gore and sexual content. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Feb 26, 2014

    The idea of having your face ripped off is an intrinsically gruesome one, one that'll make you flinch just thinking about. It's a trope that's been done before, whether it's Face/Off, Silence of the Lambs, or even in comics like Death of the Family and Crossed, but the execution in Revenge is for the most childlike of reasons - it's the kind of gory scary story that kids would tell to try to gross each other out and seem "older" than their scaredy-cat peers. Despite its "Mature Readers" tag, not only does Revenge pander to the least mature segment of the comics-sphere, but it's so derivative that it doesn't even break new ground doing it. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Feb 26, 2014

    Churchill delivers a nice cover and some attractive interior pages, but his talents are largely wasted here, and this comic is otherwise pure misery. It wallows amongst the sticky floors, torn upholstery and overall seediness of its grindhouse mentality, flaunting itself yet providing nothing that can't already be found in such films, or other comics. Sex, violence and bad language can be great if served up with a story that requires them. "Revenge" #1 serves up nothing of the kind, and is best left on the shelf. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    nedf23 Feb 27, 2014

    This one was very graphic and I really think that's one of the selling points for this book and I'm perfectly fine with that. Almost Punisher like in nature, this book is setting itself up for a pretty interesting ride of Griffin getting revenge. The art is very erotic, graphic and pleasing. I think this book has some solid potential based off it's first issue.

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