We reviewed the book on the Stack podcast. But in the interest of highlighting more about the title, here’s a summary of the conversation with our thoughts. And if you prefer the longer audio version, that’s below as well!
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The Sacrificers #3 Review:
In the Image Comics book, we’re following a bunch of animal and human children who have been marked as “sacrificers.” In the second storyline, we’re following the Game of Thrones-style antics of this world’s gods. And in this issue — spoilers past this point — we discover that the children are given intense joy in order to be sucked dry and fed to the gods. Yikes!
Even knowing who Rick Remender likes to punish his characters, host Alex Zalben noted that the reveal in the issue was, “somehow worse than I thought it was going to be.
Justin Tyler added that there has always been “dread on the horizon for these characters.” But also noted that the way the draining of the children was depicted by Max Fiumara was “especially visceral, and shout out to Remender for catching us off guard with that.”
Tyler further expanded to the theme of the issue — and series — which is clearly about “class warfare… That’s a great topic for Remender, something that suffuses his other books.” Also perhaps naively given how Remender likes to punish his characters, Tyler said that he hoped, “our main bird guy character can be someone who can maybe be a hero here.”
Zalben pointed out that Remender specifically addresses this in the back matter of the issue, using the phrase “Eat the rich?” at the beginning of the letter’s page. Perhaps more appropriate, Tyler joked, is, “drink the poor.”
The Sacrificers #3 Official Synopsis:
The one who raises his hand takes the credit. They make speeches about the common good to seduce you and to make themselves stronger. The Old Gods feed on your naive hopes. They can’t be defeated.