Review: ‘Revival’ #7

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The latest issue of Revival is perhaps the best in the series to date. While it has an interesting side plot that provides a visceral, shocking twist at the end, it’s the focus on the officer Cyprus and her pursuit of Mr. Hine, a reviver, which makes this issue so good. This book is at its best when it examines the impact revival has on the people who have to suffer with its consequences. With issue #7, “Revival” finally begins to live up to the potential we all knew it had.

WRITTEN BY: Tim Seeley
ART BY: Mike Norton
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
PRICE: $2.99
RELEASE: February 20th, 2013

There are, as per the usual “Revival” issue, other stories as well. Two, both regarding some new characters, are interesting. One concerns the Check brothers, three siblings who are apparently dismembering people and transporting their body parts for reasons currently unknown. The other focuses on Clyde Birch, a reactionary pastor preaching for God and against government. It’s always enjoyable to see some digs at the religious right, but Birch isn’t just around for satire. His speeches articulate the anxiety of the world and exacerbate the divide created by the Quarantine Zone. His words portend the inevitable collapse of law and order in the face of panic and uncertainty in the wake of this revival.

There are a number of other, short looks at characters we’re familiar with that don’t really contribute anything to the plot and feel more like filler. But the meat of Tim Seeley’s story is about Anders Hine, the father of Jamie Hettinga and stepfather to Justin Hine, the latter whom he disemboweled two issues ago. Slaughtering Justin for having sex with Jamie and slowly killing him with poison, he goes after Jamie (after killing her husband) with Officer Dana Cypress in pursuit. He reaches Jamie first, but when Cyprus arrives, he reveals he didn’t kill Jamie, even though his ability to “feel” has left him hollow and unable to perceive emotion. He reveals he acted out of a sense of justice, before putting a gun to his head. It’s an interesting conclusion Birch comes to, and a welcome counterpoint to the idea of zombies as these mindless creatures compelled to act, rather than rational creatures that simply cannot feel anything anymore.

Mike Norton’s art is great, as usual. Seriously, go back and read the rest of the reviews I’ve written, because it’s the same story here; quality character work with appropriately stark and brooding textures. And yes he does gore well, you awful sadists.

“Revival” #7 is an excellent issue, though it does have a bit of filler in it as well. Still, by and large this is a great comic, and certainly worth picking up if you’re not following the series already (and if not, shame on you).

4/5 Skulls

Reviewed by – GeorgeShunick