After a really strong issue last month, Revival comes back with a fairly mediocre one. It’s a necessary issue that lays the groundwork for events to unfold later and – most importantly – serves to develop some ancillary characters. But by and large, there’s nothing particularly gripping about “Revival” #8, in large part due to a lack of focus on any one particular plotline.
WRITTEN BY: Tim Seeley
ART BY: Mike Norton
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
RELEASE DATE: March 20th, 2013
“Revival” #8 sees the fallout of the Hines incident and the discovery of the body parts being transported out of the quarantine zone. Dana Cypress’ father, the sheriff, finally gets more of a role than a grumpy authority figure, as he acknowledges the frailty of the situation and recommends the town ask for outside help. The mayor, with whom he shares a bond and a secret from their past, disagrees with him, ostensibly for political purposes… but perhaps something more personal as well. Still, aside from hints, this story never really takes off the ground. Looks like it will play a bigger role in later issues, however.
The main plot in this issue, if there was one, was May Tao’s visit to local celebrity and 90 year old fitness guru Lester Majak. With her car stuck in the winter snows, Tao stays at Majak’s house for the time being. Her actual reason to enter Majak’s house, however, was because she discovered a message on Blaine Abel’s phone from Majak. (You remember Abel, right? Homocidal psychopath with tenuous grasp on reality? Limp Bizkit aficionado? Was that description redundant?) Majak, however, is smarter than Tao realizes, and informs her of a secret that… well, is rather underwhelming frankly. It builds depth to Majak’s character, but it feels relatively irrelevant at the moment.
There are some other happenings, too. One of Dana’s fellow officers is gay. Her sister goes to church, and meets another revival, who must have been a repressed masochist in her past life. But truly, nothing of any apparent consequence occurs in this issue. It can only rely on Lester Majak’s strength of character – and appreciation of Jay-Z’s “Big Pimpin” – for so long.
“Revival” is still an excellent series. This just isn’t one of its more exciting entries. A necessary read if you’re following the comic, but this isn’t a good place to start if you’re not.
Reviewed by – GeorgeShunick
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