Revival is beginning to feel the effects of trying to juggle so many characters and plotlines in its first few issues. It’s a difficult task, and the way “Revival” has gone about it – cramming at least three stories per issue, then leaving them alone for at least the next – has made it difficult to keep up with the myriad plot lines or significantly invest ourselves in any of the characters. What should have been a significant issue concerning the main characters instead becomes just another issue, where moments that should matter just get lost in the shuffle. READ MORE
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. READ MORE
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. READ MORE
Revival is an excellent young series thus far, but it’s had a tendency to overwhelm the reader with so many different storylines. While this problem resurfaces again, it’s mitigated by a relatively strong focus on Officer Cyprus’ investigation of a recent reviver-related murder. This storyline has depth, intrigue, suspense, and twists. The rest of the issue manages to advance the plots of the rest of the characters, or at least provide updates on where they are, even if it feels cluttered. READ MORE
The opening pages of Revival, by writer Tim Seeley and artist Mike Norton, are some of the creepiest in comics and they serve as a powerful beginning for the series. The first volume collects issues one through six and Seeley’s story is so masterfully paced that you’ll have to talk yourself out of reading it all in one sitting. Or do. This tale of the risen dead and the living who have to deal with them in a small Wisconsin town is just that good. READ MORE
There’s no doubt that Revival is an intelligent, promising series from Image Comics. The pseudo-zombie drama has a unique approach to its subject and characters, with sharp dialogue and good art to boot. However, it has a tendency to overwhelm its narrative with too many intersecting plotlines, resulting in uncertain character motivations and muddled plot progressions. Unfortunately, “Revival” #5 succumbs to these flaws. READ MORE
Revival #4 is the latest entry in Tim Seeley’s fresh, intellectually intriguing take on zombies. This issue sees a number of developments in rural Wisconsin, where the series is set, as Dana Cypress begins to believe all “revivers” are inherently violent, her sister Em – a reviver – comes face to face with something that seems to have some tie to her, and a famous reporter gets a couple of, shall we say, shitty surprises. The issue can be somewhat confusing at times, as it jumps around a lot, but is mostly solid. Ultimately though, what makes this issue most appealing is the anticipation of what will happen in the next one. READ MORE
Tim Seeley has made it his mission to explore the world of horror for the past decade. Seeley is best known for creating “Hack/Slash” and unleashing sexy horror vixen Cassie Hack into the comics world. In addition to “Hack/Slash”, Seeley is currently in the midst of writing a run on “Witchblade” for Top Cow and has just launched “Revival” through Image with studio partner Mike Norton (“Battle Pug”).
Never one to rest, Seeley is launching his new vampire series Ex Sanguine through Dark Horse this October. “Ex Sanguine” is the story of a vampire whose bloodlust reawakend by a series of gruesome serial killings in his town. “Ex Sanguine” promises hard-hitting psychological horror that is one part Buffy and one part Natural Born Killers.
Seeley sat down with Bloody-Disgusting to give us the gory details on his new horror book, his take on the vampire genre, and where things stand on the development of the “Hack/Slash” movie. READ MORE
Tim Seeley continues his take on zombies this week with issue #2 of Revival. What makes Seeley’s undead so different? They think, act, and feel just like us. They return from the dead and attempt to go back to their daily lives, but underneath it all, they’re skin-hungry monsters. Check it below. READ MORE
“Hack/Slash” scribe, Tim Seeley has a new zombie story, titled Revival coming out from Image Comics, and it lands on July 11. However, Seeley’s dead-heads are not mindless and bloodthirsty, they are simply revived corpses who attempt to return to their normal lives. Seeley says, “Revival is … rooted in psychological horror — the fear of what happens to us when we die, the fear of not being sure if we can trust those closest to us”. Check out the official press details after the break. READ MORE
Japan’s top gaming magazine Famitsu hints at a new compilation called Resident Evil: Revival Selection that looks like it will include HD versions of Resident Evil 4 and Code Veronica. Supposedly, there won’t be much, if any, additional content, but I wouldn’t mind playing both of them on my 360 with crisper visuals and (possibly) achievements. If this is true I only hope they tweak the controls in each game a bit, and specifically in Code Veronica. I’m sure many fans of the series could put up with them but if they’d like to open this up to more people, I feel this is a necessity.
According to Famitsu the collection will be available on both the 360 and PS3 so everyone has a chance to experience (or re-experience) these delicious games. Though no release date been confirmed yet and there’s always a chance the Revival Selection won’t make its way out of Japan. If it does, an HD Resident Evil 4 would probably be a big hit and I’d very much like the opportunity to dive into Code Veronica again. What about you?
[UPDATE] We now have scans of Famitsu’s Revival Selection coverage, check them out after the jump. READ MORE