"For one day in rural central Wisconsin, the dead came back to life. Now it's up to Officer Dana Cypress to deal with the media scrutiny, religious zealots, and government quarantine that has come with them. In a town where the living have to learn to deal with those who are supposed to be dead, Officer Cypress must solve a brutal murder, and everyone, alive or undead, is a suspect" -- from publisher's web site.
Juxtaposing the violence of the newly awaken dead against the backdrop of a sleepy midwestern hamlet is not new. However, writer Tom Seeley and illustrator Mike Norton seem to have taken this scenario and made it their own. The story seems to swing between peaceful rural life to extreme violence at the drop of a shroud. There is no setup, no pretty coeds cringing in the dark letting us know what to expect, no ominous shadows warning the townsfolk and the reader that danger is near. Instead, there is just sweet, dead grampa sitting comfortably and quietly on the couch with no hint of the violence awaiting the family upstairs.
This is the first volume of the series. It bring together volumes 1 - 6 of the comic in this graphic novel and it raises more questions than it answers. We don't find out why the dead are rising or why it is happening in this cozy little town in mid-America. It is really just a small taste of the story but, oh, what a taste! I read it from cover to cover without pause. The story is smart and the illustrations are gorgeous. My one complaint - it ends on a cliffhanger leaving so much unanswered - but, you know what, that's okay. Too often, I find that the endings of graphic novels seem to be rushed because of page limitations. In the case of Revival, the story is much too good to be told in a single volume.
This was far scarier than I expected and the mystery was so well set-up! I have no idea what's going on and I can't wait to find out.
Wausau, Wisconsin is ground zero for Revival Day. No one has any idea why the dead have come back to life and continued on their business like nothing happened. The county is in lockdown while the CDC checks to see if it’s contagious and Officer Dana Cypress, daughter to the Sheriff, has been put in charge of the R.C.A.T. (The Revitalized Citizen Arbitration Team) and she’ll be working with the CDC liaison, Ibrahaim Ramin. Between people getting an extreme case of cabin fever and nutcases wanting in to be healed by the Revivers, the police resources are stretched beyond thin. The last thing Dana needs is her little sister coming home from college with a secret. She begs Dana not to tell their dad she’s a Reviver and asks for Dana’s help in finding who murdered her. Can this situation get any worse? Don’t ask.
Great concept and I love the artwork. But there’s so much going on that I was kinda lost a lot of time. There are so many people tossed around that it’s confusing. Plus, I thought Em, Dana’s little sister, was gonna be kinda cool, but I actually can’t stand her. I have book 2, so I’ll continue on, but I’m not overly impressed with the story so far.