When we last saw Revenger, she was walking down a dark street with the aid of her new friend, a teenage boy named Edward. Revenger took a beating, but she’s far from being down and out. And here we are, issue three tells the story of how Edward found a way to help Revenger, but like everything else in life, it comes at a price.
Edward walks past a bum on the street, and the bum, Gerald Thompkins, offers his helping hand. At first, Edward brushes the bum off, but then decides that he can really use his help. This comes at a price, because the only thing the bum asks for in return is some wine, and Edward knows exactly where he can find this wine at no cost to him. Edward goes to Kelly (his girlfriend’s) house, and Kelly’s loser dad is there asking all sorts of questions.
Gerald was promised a drink, so Kelly’s dad tells him that it’s in the fridge, and then he and Edward have some words for each other. The big revelation is that Kelly’s dad knows that she is at the Hotel Neptune, and this makes Edward furious, because he knows what’s secretly going on at the hotel. A short break comes during their argument, as we see Revenger having a nightmare, and for anyone who has children, this nightmare sequence will break your heart, and then you will truly know why Revenger does the things she does.
Since this scene is so powerful, Revenger wakes up, pops one of her meds, drinks some water, and goes right back to sleep. She gives the keys to her purple Mercury to Edward so he can get home, as long as he picks her up the next morning, but due to his carelesness and youthful acts, he got himself arrested and the car impounded. Revenger wakes up the next morning, hears this news, and heads on down to the station, frees Edward and gets her car, all done in the usual Revenger style. She freshens up, dons a disguise, and seeks out some help from an unusual place, but if payment is accomplished by providing beer, then what can possibly go wrong?
This is definitely the least violent book in the series so far, but after the last issue, Revenger needed to get some well-deserved rest as well. These are the stories that are most impactive, because we find out more about the characters, and great storytelling comes with these stories that slow things down. Going back to the nightmare scene, it was so emotional, I couldn’t hold back, it was unexpected, and it made me misty-eyed. If a story can do that to me…you know it’s a powerful story. Overall, this issue was pefection, I rate this book a 5 out of 5 stars, the first two issues were action-packed, violent, and were fast-paced, but this issue slowed things down a bit, and it’s eloquent. Revenger is a series that comic book fans should be reading, I couldn’t recommend it more. Revenger #3 is available on Comixology for $1.99, it has 28 pages, and is written and illustrated by Charles S. Forsman, published by Oily Comics.