A Righteous Thirst for Vengeance #3 (Review)

Dec 22, 2021

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A Righteous Thirst for Vengeance #3

Image Comics releases A Righteous Thirst for Vengeance #3 this week. This story by Rick Remender and André Lima Araújo, with integral inside artwork by Chris O’Halloran and Rus Wooton continues to intrigue. I’ll do my best to keep this mystery spoiler-free for all, because I want to encourage you to jump in with me if you are not already experiencing A Righteous Thirst.

Image Comics
Written by: Rick Remender & André Lima Araújo
Art by: Chris O’Halloran & Rus Wooton
Cover Art by: André Lima Araújo & Chris O’Halloran

SHOW AND TELL?

As we check in with the third installment of this arc by Rick Remender and André Lima Araújo, our lead character remains nameless and enigmatic, even if he is more entrenched in the story than he was on day one. This is very much a story that is shown more than it is told through exposition, and I am definitely here for that. The art here helps tell the story in a number of ways, from, for example, using color to let us know when we are inside a memory instead of real-time, to all the other ways it lays out this crime story that crosses place and time without dialog in much of the narrative. It is hard to describe how compelling this story is, and how much it pulls me in as it moves panel by panel., often implying sound without words.

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FROM THE MUNDANE TO THE MURDEROUS

As a reader who loves a good murder mystery, I am struck by the way A Righteous Thirst For Vengeance keeps me wanting to know more, as well as the way the creators keep us aware of details about things that are relatable about the people in the story. For example, they share a detail like the pleasure of enjoying some music while preparing dinner alone, alongside far less everyday things I can barely imagine experiencing, like doing the work our main character appears to be doing, or dealing with the dark web. In sum, I have known for a while that I want to enjoy more Rick Remender, but I was never expecting this book to make me fall so hard with so little dialog. I am all in, and very inquisitive about what is going to happen to these people next.

MORE HANGING IN THE BALANCE

I continue to leave each installment of this crime series with more questions, despite the answers given so far. I still have plenty of curiosity left about what is going to happen in this murder mystery from where we end issue 3. This continues to be a “long strange trip” through a well-conceived story that I feel privileged to take, and I hope more of you will either stay aboard or join in to see what’s coming, especially now that a few more people’s fates seem to hang in the balance. I remain deeply invested, curious and this has become one of my favorite new reads of 2021.

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