Day #105: Revival (Comics)

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Revival (Ongoing) | Image Comics

Tim SeeleyMike Norton

Synopsis:

[From IGN:] For one day in rural central Wisconsin, the dead came back to life. Now it’s up to Officer Dana Cypress to deal with the media scrutiny, religious zealots, and government quarantine that has come with them. In a town where the living have to learn to deal with those who are supposed to be dead, Officer Cypress must solve a brutal murder, and everyone, alive or undead, is a suspect.

My take:

The first story arc of Revival is 24 issues long, and after having read all 24 issues I’m…still not entirely sure I understand everything that’s going on. There are a lot of different (yet interconnected) storylines flowing into and around each other, and at times it can feel a bit chaotic.

Chaos isn’t necessarily a bad thing, though.

In fact, the chaos that each of the characters in Revival experiences, processes, and responds to in their own unique way is one of my favourite aspects of this series. It makes them feel real and relatable, even as they experience things that make no sense. That they struggle and (quite often) stuff up and make bad decisions just adds to that sense of realism.

If I were to point to any particular aspect of Revival that could count as a weakness, it’s that I feel like, given we are 24 issues in, I should have a better grasp of some of the rules of the world in which Revival is being played out. There seems to have been a lot more setting up of stories to come, than on furthering some of what are – to me, anyway – some of the more central storylines. It’ll be interesting to see how this is handled once the next arc begins; and whether all of the balls in the air can continue to be juggled with the same level of skill as we’ve seen so far.

Minor quibbles aside, I find myself completely drawn in each time I read an issue of Revival. It’s an intriguing new take on the well-worn zombie genre.

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