Revival #1

Revival #1

Writer: Tim Seeley Artist: Mike Norton, Mark Englert Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: July 11, 2012 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 16
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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. A beautiful "farm noir" that puts a new twist on the zombie genre, created by NYT Bestselling author TIM SEELEY and acclaimed artist MIKE NORTON.

  • 10
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Aug 16, 2012

    Image Comics just keeps delivering hit after hit, and Revival is just another in a long line of titles that are must reads. Soaring to heights of smart and compelling storytelling that we used to only see from DC Comics' Vertigo line, Image Comics is an unquestioned premier publisher of artistically solid sequential art stories. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Jul 11, 2012

    I actually read this comic and then forgot about it, but I knew that I wanted to review it and talk about it. Then when I sat down with it again I remembered how thrilling this comic was. I’ve been excited by a lot of the new Image releases and have even anxiously awaited the second issues, but I would read the second issue of this book before any other title on the market right now. There are a ton of books out this week but I have the feeling that this one is going to be one of the few to sell out and not because of hype, but because of quality. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics Crux - Jessica Tarnate Nov 7, 2012

    Revival #1 is a surprisingly original addition to zombie horror. First and foremost, it tackles the question of why the townspeople are reviving and how its affecting the small town. I like that it doesnt focus on the theme of surviving a zombie uprising; besides, the revived citizens dont seem like typical zombies, as their flesh and bones seem to repair after being damaged. So are they really zombies? And why is this happening in a tiny Wisconsin town in the first place? Im fascinated to see which direction Revival takes. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - Gilbert Short Jul 13, 2012

    In case the glowing review didn't convince you: I absolutely adored this book. I haven't felt this strongly for the next chapter in, well; I can't remember how long it's been since I wanted another chapter so much. If you're a horror fan, you need to pick this up. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Scott Cederlund Jul 14, 2012

    With their exploration of the undead, Seeley and Norton are asking different questions about the undead. Are they truly zombies or are we seeing the dead being given new bodies as part of a Heavenly resurrection? Why shouldn't we be happy that our aged mothers and too-soon killed family members are seemingly impervious to death. "Oh, Death, where is thy sting?" could be a triumphant statement as much as it is a dreadful question. Revival #1 may look like another zombie book but that's a line that Seeley and Norton carefully walk, never letting us know quite what's going on at the start of their story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Outer Realm Comics - thanosrules Jul 23, 2012

    To say that Image has been cranking out really great comics lately is the understatement of the year. I have even said, that if I had to drop all but one publisher, I would likely choose Image. They publish my favorite comics of all time: Chew, Creator-Owned Heroes, Saga, Fatale, Manhattan Projects" oh, and those all-time fan favorites: Walking Dead and Invincible. Seriously. They have and continue to knock it out of the park. I believe Revival has the potential to fit in with these greats. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Blue Raven Comics - Garry Robertson Aug 8, 2012

    This story has started well and a few twists already have set it up nicely for the next issue. Great artwork makes it as good to look at as it is to read. 8/10 Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Jul 15, 2012

    While the basic premise doesn't sound too far off base from the high concept of a zombie invasion, this series is different. The Revivers are back, yet no one knows why and no one knows what to expect. It's the unexpected that fills Seeley and Norton's first issue of "Revival" and promises to keep the reader riveted for future developments. As with Image's other recent releases "Saga" and "Fatale," this comic is an unexpected windfall that evokes an uncomfortable feeling, piques interest and taunts curiosity. It's a good read with great art and a weird, wild diversion from anything else on the stands this week. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Edward Jul 11, 2012

    The religious undertones, however, can not be so easily hidden. The plot revolves around a small town being closed off thanks to “revivers”; people who come back from the dead. As such the nature of an afterlife, and thus religion, is heavily involved. This certainly makes for deeper meaning, and Revival is careful not to overstep on any boundaries. The ending is a nice touch; most readers will appreciate the symbolic use of the scythe. As both a farming tool and as a metaphor in a comic that focuses heavily on life and death, its a subtle touch that shows the dedication and thought processes into making this narrative work. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geekality - Kat Vergin Jul 9, 2012

    Letme just say this, regardless of whether or not the rapture has come to Wausau, I cansee that there will be a great deal of pressure placed on the ethics, faith, and courage ofOfcer Cypress in this series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBuzz - Niall Doonan Aug 7, 2012

    I was very quickly drawn in by this series and the ending has me hooked. I dont want to spoil things, but I think this should be enough to get anyone interested; cats, teeth, pliers, scythe (in one sequence!). Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    cxPulp - Blake Petit Jul 13, 2012

    Image Comicss 20 anniversary is coming with a lot of gifts there have been over a half-dozen new titles launched so far this year (more if you count miniseries), and many of them have been really entertaining comics that immediately demand a spot in my reading rotation. This is another fine addition to that roster. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray Jul 15, 2012

    Mike Norton's art is frosty cool and magnificent, often understating the weird and making the more shocking moments truly jump-worthy. Definitely one to add to the buy pile and to follow closely in the coming months. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Emmanuel Malchiodi Jul 14, 2012

    Im uncertain whether Revival is an ongoing series or a limited one but there are enough elements in this first issue to set up a decent run for the book. Between the mysteries of the Revivers and the weird creature seen walking through the forest in the books beginning, Revival has enough material so far for it to keep my interest for a couple more issue at the least. I only hope Seeley and Norton can keep the series clever and intelligent for a long time as I think the premise for the book is inventive and the social commentary embedded in the story is fairly valuable. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Jul 16, 2012

    Revival is a tough book to gauge. If the story launches into all hell breaking loose then I think this book is going to be a great one. If this book sort of hovers around the mystery and takes a step back for a bit then it might have a tough time recapturing the drama in the ending of this book. Either way, this book is worth picking up and so is the next one, from the looks of this one. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics: The Gathering - lucstclair Jul 13, 2012

    This was a good first issue and peaked my interest just enough to stick around for the next issue. From Image Comics. Read Full Review

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