I started reading Image Comics’ A Righteous Thirst for Vengeance because the title made me interested enough to check it out, and holy hell, I’m glad I did. Four issues in, and I’m blown away at how awesome of a story Rick Remender and Andre Lima Araujo have created so far. Each issue outdoes the last one, and the artwork is phenomenal. If you’re not familiar with the storyline, it continues to unravel, but it follows a guy named Sonny who uncovers a lot of messed up things going on the dark web, including murder and sex trafficking.
A Righteous Thirst for Vengeance #4 picks directly up after issue #3, where we saw Sonny save a woman about to be killed by a hitman hired on the dark web. Problem is, Sonny didn’t realize the woman he rescued has a son that they left behind in her apartment with a killer who may or may not be dead. On top of that, some other unknown characters are also looking for him. A series of insanely kickass scenarios follow, including a badass car chase and a creepy blond-haired man welding a cell phone camera who keeps coming after Sonny and the woman he saved like the T-1000 from Terminator 2. There’s a lot to take in this issue, and the pacing goes really fast, but it’s a lot of fun and holds a lot to the imagination.
In terms of the writing, it’s solid, concise, and moves the story along perfectly. Rick Remender knows how to keep readers curious, and each page of Andre’s illustrations stamp a strong emphasis on that statement. What you’ll love most about issue #4 is the mystery behind not knowing any of the characters and their motives toward Sonny. All you know as the reader is that people want Sonny, the woman he rescued, and her son dead at any cost. That’s the driving force behind A Righteous Thirst for Vengeance #4, and it’s fleshed out so well.
Andre Lima Arujo puts together some memorable artistic moments, including the psychotic car chase with the blonde-haired weirdo that will remind you of pop culture characters like the Thin Man from the Charlie’s Angels movies of the early 2000s. Aside from that, the artwork is raw and gritty, and the characters’ facial features help project the emotion of each sequence brilliantly. Andre has a keen eye for detail, and it shows time and time again through this book. In addition, the last act of the book uses a fantastic amount of motion lines that increase the intensity in the panels.
A Righteous Thirst for Vengeance is an incredible series, and issue #4 is my favorite thus far. There’s still a lot to unpack in terms of character and just what the hell is going on, but that’s the fun of the journey of reading it. A big round of applause to everyone involved with putting this issue together, and I can’t wait for the fifth one.
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