After a strong recent issue that saw “Revival” focus on a strong, central story for an entire issue, the series manages to do a complete 180 with its latest offering. “Revival” #12 is, yet again, mired in a series of unrelated plotlines and too many characters. As a result, it may be the weakest showing in the series yet.
WRITTEN BY: Tim Seeley
ART BY: Mike Norton
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
RELEASE DATE: July 17th, 2013
Whatever momentum “Revival” had coming off its previous issue, it immediately squanders in its latest. Storylines go nowhere, characters do one thing and are then passed by… nothing seems to have any significance in “Revival” #12. It’s an extraordinarily frustrating issue to read through, given the potential that this series has, but when it lacks a strong narrative – or even a mediocre one – it’s virtually impossible to care about the story or the characters. Recapping the issue is equally impossible, as it’s just a series of events that are, at best, loosely connected.
It’s not all bad. There are one or two minor character moments, and Mike Norton gets to experiment with a different type of visual format as he replicates the drawing of Dana’s son Cooper following his abduction in the last issue. But it’s not remotely enough to save this issue. “Revival” began as one of the more promising comics of last year. But every time an issue like this comes along, it begins to seem more like a wasted opportunity.
Reviewed by – GeorgeShunick