Revival calls itself a “rural noir” and sure, there’s plenty of supernatural mystery and tragedy going on but the most exciting part of the book is its rehabilitation of the zombie in horror comics. Yes, The Walking Dead took zombie stories in a new direction but the “biters” are not really all that different from the classic Night of the Living Dead eating of living people. Revival makes the zombie a living, breathing, emotional and sometimes completely crazy monster.
Tim Seely does a lot to make Revival about the consequences and sequence of events that follow a mysterious moment that changes a small town and more importantly the living and dead people in it. He sets up enigmas, both supernatural and mundane that make his character complex and worth following. Seely also goes a long way to write creepy, gory and violent scenes that make it comparable to any horror movie in Netflix right now.
Mike Norton works hard to draw the unique and interesting characters that Seely writes but he also handles the aforementioned gore and violence in smart and provoking ways that drive the story but don’t scare away readers. Because Seely’s zombies are far more emotive than their run of the mill cousins, Norton has an interesting new canvas to draw more complex and ultimately sad monsters.
Revival is a lot of supernatural horror fun backed by mystery that drives the book in new and exciting ways.