Big Issues: Charles Forsman’s Revenger #1 offers a gripping superhero alternative

Each week, Big Issues focuses on a newly released comic book of significance. This week, it’s Revenger #1. Written and illustrated by Charles Forsman (TEOTFW, Celebrated Summer), this digitally distributed issue sees the cartoonist exploring new facets of his craft as he dives into the realm of action comics. (Note: This review reveals major plot points.)

It’s a heavy week of superhero comic debuts with four new #1 issues at Marvel Comics, but the week’s most captivating new superhero series can’t be found on comic shop shelves. Charles Forsman’s Revenger stars a ruthless vigilante who travels the country fighting for the weak and exploited, and while Forsman would likely be reluctant to call her a “superhero” (he describes the series as an “action and violence comic”), Revenger wouldn’t be out of place in the grim and gritty superhero comics landscape of the late ’80s …

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