I suppose the most suitable place to begin Seeley's latest taut issue of Revival is Frison's eerie cover portrait of Em Cypress, one of her most extraordinary in an already outstanding sequence for the title. It's a sly echo of John Everett Millais' painting of drowned Ophelia, a beautiful, haunting elegy to vulnerability and mental fragility through tragedy's most famous female victim. It's also an equally sly anticipation of the issue's final splash, an even more disturbing image of the issue's mute arsonist.
So it turns out that the government seizure of the quarantine livestock is less for their observation than it is for their extermination and disposal like so much hazardous waste, a local mill transformed into a slaughterhouse. Despite the unusual test results on local water supplies, Sheriff Cypress is less than convinced by the slick mayor's agenda. Unfortunately for him and C.D.C. scientist Ibrahim Ramin, Edmond Holt and like-minded seditionists have beaten him to it. Their terrorist-style bomb of cow blood and guts at the old mill is gloriously gory, easily Norton's most kinetic and memorable panel in the issue.
But Revival's murder mysteries command the issue. Reporter May Tao, now mostly friendly with her former kidnapper Blaine Abel, is investigating the disappearance of the notorious Check brothers. Thanks to a snowmobile rescue by Em in Revival #5, May more or less knows Em's secret. But she's getting dangerously close to the truth about the Checks. Meanwhile, Dana and Derrick conspire to sneak into Professor Weimar's office after hours, only to find another intruder already poised to burn it down. Though their caper was a disaster, they're a striking criminal duo. Their high-school shenanigans, recalled with such relish by Derrick, are entirely credible, and their teenage romance even more so.