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Revival, Vol. 1: You're Among Friends Paperback – December 25, 2012
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This year, creator-owned Image Comics titles like Saga and Fatale have proven that there's plenty of high-quality reading to be done outside the superhero genre. Enter Revival Volume 1, the genesis of what's sure to be a stellar series. I won't give you a summary, as the description tells you all you need to know going in. Just know that when it says "the dead came back to life", these aren't the zombies of The Walking Dead fame. These are friends and loved ones, back from the dead, just as they were. Almost. And it makes for one heck of a story.
I can't say I've ever read a "rural noir" before, but Tim Seeley writes a fantastic one. With this first volume, Seeley introduces a multi-layered story woven with elements of mystery, horror, and drama. It's wonderful to read this book and follow the different threads the author has set up. The dialogue is entertaining and telling of the characters, and Seeley does a bang-up job not just in presenting solid, vibrant, distinctive characters, but in giving them heart. It's terrific writing.
Speaking of the characters, where would this book be without the brilliant art of Mike Norton? One of the things I love about Norton is that he's wonderful at distinguishing his characters; no one person looks like another, even those who are related. "Classy" is the word I'd use for Norton's art. It's classy, it's clean, and it's got character. Also, the layouts are simple and stark, but never monotonously so.
Just so you know before you buy it, this book is rated mature, as it contains explicit language and a fair bit of violence. But good Lord, if it isn't a great story, and I can't wait to see where it goes from here. If you like comics, and Revival sounds like your cup of tea, read this book, and you'll be just as eager for more of the series as I am.
Unfortunately, as great of an idea as that is, the book doesn't always live up to it. It gets off to a very slow start, such a slow start that you're left feeling like maybe things aren't really going to get good until the next volume. In that way, it actually feels much more like a new television show than a comic series, where it might take a few episodes to truly find its footing and its voice. I know this isn't unheard of in comic series either, but at this point I'm fairly used to Image publishing these great, challenging books that seem fully formed from the get go. Part of the disappointment I had with this title is the fact that it doesn't hit a home run at its first at-bat, and maybe that's an unfair expectation. Whatever the case, though, it doesn't feel like the book ever quite lives up to its potential.
Tim Seeley's story is well written enough, with above-average dialog, and I'm glad to see a competent female lead, though the seeking-approval-from-Daddy stuff is a bit played out, don't you think? The protagonist's younger sister, on the other hand, is the most interesting character in the book, and it would be great to see much more of her.Read more ›
Juxtaposing the violence of the newly awakened dead against the backdrop of a sleepy midwestern hamlet is not new. However, writer Tom Seeley and illustrator Mike Norton seem to have taken this scenario and made it their own. The story seems to swing between peaceful rural life and extreme violence at the drop of a shroud. There is no setup, no pretty coeds cringing in the dark letting us know what to expect, no ominous shadows warning the townsfolk and the reader that danger is near. Instead, there is just sweet, dead grampa sitting comfortably and quietly on the couch with no hint of the violence awaiting the family upstairs.
This is the first volume of the series. It bring together volumes 1 - 6 of the comic in this graphic novel and it raises more questions than it answers. We don't find out why the dead are rising or why it is happening in this cozy little town in mid-America. It is really just a small taste of the story setting the reader up for what's really going on. Still, I read it from cover to cover without pause. The story is smart and the illustrations are gorgeous. My one complaint - it ends on a cliffhanger leaving so much unanswered - but, you know what, that's okay. Too often, I find that the endings of graphic novels seem to be rushed because of page limitations. In the case of Revival, the story is much too good to be told in a single volume.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was a little worried to read this based on other reviews regarding the religious aspects of the plot. Read morePublished 1 month ago by AllisonMac
*Book source ~ Library
Wausau, Wisconsin is ground zero for Revival Day. No one has any idea why the dead have come back to life and continued on their business like... Read more
Man, this book was fantastic! I was honestly expecting another zombie tale set in a rural community (a la Romero's Night of the Living Dead), but was pleasantly surprised by this... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dave Bell Jr.
One day in a small Wisconsin town the dead came back to life but these aren't your overly played typical zombies, they are something totally different, their Revivers. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Holly Knece
The graphic novel I ordered arrived on time an was as described. I quickly read through this novel and it kept my attention all the way through. Would do business with again.Published 2 months ago by Andrew L. Lopez
I picked this up due to inclusion on a couple lists I respect, but overall I found I didn't care enough about any of the characters or the plot to seek out the second installment. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Z
Should we overlook the abundant cuss words?
Dana is a well-regulated cop (never reaches for her gun) and a part-time mom due to her workaholic tendencies. Read more
Great comic if you're from the central Wisconsin area especially. Has a lot of local business names that you would recognize. Good quality pictures and narration. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jen H