Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Comic Review - Revival: You're Among Friends (Vol.1)

"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. The sell-out hit series created by NYT Bestselling author TIM SEELEY and Eisner winning artist MIKE NORTON is collected with bonus material!"


I loved this comic. I initially picked it up thinking it would have your typical "the dead are rising, save yourself" plot. It is anything but that.

Artist Mike Nortan is phenomenal in drawing the scenes in this story. The characters each have their own look and style that makes them unique. Colorist Mark Englert makes the comic dark and noir and you cannot help but be blown away by the vivid detail that he puts into the story.

Yes, the dead are rising but the story is so much more than that. These zombies, if you can call them that, are not mindless shambling monsters. They have thoughts, feelings and emotions and remember what it was like when they were alive... not undead?

The story centers on police officer Dana Cypress who already has her fair share of responsibilities before the dead rise. She is a single mother, daughter to the town sheriff who she also works under and also looking out for her kid sister, Em, who has also been recently revived. At first glance this seems to be the typical set up of an urban fantasy novel where the main character is a cop or private eye, and I won't lie to you at times it seems that way. Strong female character in law enforcement who has a tough life and maybe a few trust issues. Check. 

However, the writing is excellent, the plot draws you in and leaves you on the edge of your seat. Dana is extremely likable and she is probably one of my favorite characters to date. 

Even though it is not immediately clear what the citizens who have returned to town want or what the stranger who has seemingly brought them back is up to, it's clear that it is not a happy little miracle that the dead have come back. As Dana tries to figure out who may have killed her now revived sister we learn that appearances are deceiving and some of the people in town are definitely not who they seem.

As I write this I have my coat and boots on so I can run to the comic book store and pick up volume 2. I can't wait to see what happens next!

As a side note: While it didn't bother me, this comic is probably not for the faint of heart. The illustrations can become pretty graphic and may be too intense for some readers.  However I do think it helped to create a creepy element to the story and points for being realistic.

Rating: 4/5

You can find Revival on Amazon.com or wherever comic books are sold. 


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