Something is a little strange in Wausau, Wisconsin. One day in this rural town, the dead came back to life. They aren’t the flesh eating zombies we have come to expect from our undead. The “Revivers” are simply the humans they were before death with the ability to regenerate and survive mortal wounds. This is the premise of Revival, a rural noir by Tim Seeley and Mike Norton.
In Revival #21, we follow Sheriff Dana Cypress as she travels to from Wausau to New York City to consult for the F.B.I. Her first day in the city reminds her that everyone in the world is talking about her sleepy little hometown. Dana investigates a grizzly murder where the victim was a man suspected of selling “Reviver jerky” (it is what it sounds like). Meanwhile in Wausau, Dana’s sister, a Reviver named Em, develops a relationship with another Reviver. There’s a mysterious John Doe Reviver in a medically induced coma, a woman who can get a man to talk – or think – about things he knows he shouldn’t, and a giant purple octopus perched on an old Volkswagen.
Tim Seeley takes a premise that has been explored numerous times (for instance, the ABC series The Returned, the French film They Came Back, and the BBC series In The Flesh) and makes it fresh and unique. He writes complex characters with realistic relationships while crafting a story that draws the reader deeper into its world with every page. It has beautiful moments contrasted with the graphically grotesque while exhibiting a sense of humor.
Mike Norton’s style makes it easy to differentiate between the many different characters in the large cast of Revival. Each page is consistently rendered with great attention paid to even minute details. This is clearly a team that takes great pride in the work they are producing.
Revival #21 is a great read for anyone, but specifically readers who enjoy exploring the idea of humanity and watching procedural detective shows.