- Series: Revival
- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Image Comics; 1st edition (December 25, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1607066599
- ISBN-13: 978-1607066590
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.4 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
With good pacing, interesting characters, mysteries a-plenty, and great art all in one, this series is now near the top of my to-read list.
complicated family relationships - check;
Scary enough to make you want to leave the light on at night - check.
What more can you ask for?
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.
The series also suffers from not being exactly sure what it wants to be, spending an inordinate amount of time as a police procedural or aping noir conventions rather than doing what it does best: exploring themes of death and resurrection, afterlife, alienation, and family. That said, I'll be the first to admit that maybe I just want this book to be a little more cerebral than it's every going to be.
The art was actually a bit of a sticking point for me. I know that Mike Norton is supposed to be one of the hottest artists in the industry, but if I'm being honest, his style doesn't really do much for me, and doesn't really fit with my expectations for this book. It's a bit too comic book-y, or, to be more specific, it looks like the kind of stuff we see in superhero books, whereas a book like this could use more of an edge. All that said, Jenny Frison's covers are truly remarkable, and I wish the whole book could have that same style.
One big plus for me was seeing familiar landscapes, as I'm from a rural Northern Wisconsin community not too far from where the events of Revival take place, and Norton does a fantastic job rendering the setting.
In conclusion, while I'm not rushing out to grab this book each month, I'll definitely check out the next trade when it comes out. I think Revival has a lot of potential, and it may just take a few more issues to fulfill that potential. If this book can become as great as it could be, it'll really be something special.