Do you remember the first time you picked up a comic book? The feel of it in your hands, the excitement of having a new story to delve into? The details of the artwork that sprang off the page, waiting to be devoured by an eager mind? Now, when was the last time you felt that excitement?
Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash, GI Joe) and Mike Norton (Battlepug, Queen + Country) have succeeded in bringing us back to our beginnings. A new story, a new twist, a new feel. All that wonder you first felt when you turned the page of that comic book? It’s back. And in a big way.
Welcome to Wausau, Wisconsin, home of snow, cows and a small community of the living dead. They’re not zombies or walkers or anything like that though. They’re simply alive again, back to their jobs and everyday lives. What could possibly cause this you ask? We have no idea. But the local police have organized a special team to figure that out. We follow this team, a reporter and a CDC liaison, as they search to find out why people are “reviving” and if they really are themselves. What could possibly go wrong?
Seeley’s writing succeeds in bringing us a new spin on the horror/mystery genre. With elements of action, mystery, investigation, horror, family, supernatural and drama, Revival is a truly well-rounded tale. Many horror tales have become formulaic and predictable over the years. This book is not one of those stories. With twists and turns and spins, you’ll be glued to the pages, wondering what could possibly happen next to this small, rural town? Jeff Lemire writes in the introduction of the first volume, “It’s equally chilling and fascinating stuff…”
Norton’s art goes hand in hand with Seeley’s writing seamlessly. Each detailed panel gives us another piece to the bigger picture. With realistic characters that have imperfections, and beautiful snowy landscapes, Norton gives us the sense of being in Wisconsin, in the thick of it. Heads above the rest of though is Norton’s hauntingly beautiful character design of one of the more moving, mysterious characters in the book. To say any more would only spoil it.
With sold out multiple printings and rave reviews, I’d follow Jeff Lemire’s advice: “…sit back and enjoy. You can only discover your favorite new comic once, so savor it. I know I did.”
Avengers VS X-Men: Round 4 – The Davedevil VS Psylocke duel by Rick Remender is a stunning match of strong characters with troubled pasts.
Batman #11: Conclusion to Court of Owls – Do I really need to tell you about Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Batman?
Chew: Secret Agent Poyo One-Shot – Homicidal cybernetic kung-fu rooster. If that didn’t get you, this book is not for you.
Conan the Barbarian #6: Argos Deception Part 3 – Conan faces the gallows and Belit’s ship and crew devastated – is all lost?
Hoax Hunters #1 – New from Image Comics, this is a fresh look at the paranormal. The series follows a team who “debunks” unexplained events while trying to figure them out for themselves. I recommend picking up issue #0 to get the background on the team, too!
Massive #2 – Hyperdetailed world building meshed with forward-thinking social sci-fi. Brian Wood!
Peter Panzerfaust #5 – With one dead and another separated, Peter and The Boys face their defeat with the conclusion of “The Great Escape.” Kurtis J. Weibe’s touching story of brotherhood and believing.
Walking Dead #100 – In a word: Gross. Also: Brutal. The issue isn’t exactly what I was expecting, but I should have expected that! All 383,612 first printings sold out immediately, and a second printing has been announced with ANOTHER variant cover!
Revival #1 – The runner up for Most Disturbing Scene this week, brought to you by Tim “Hack/Slash” Seeley and Mike “Battle Pug” Norton. Touted as Rural Noir, you should really come back to the shop and get a copy.
Overstreet Price Guide Vol 42 – The most comprehensive collection of comics data and pricing information. Used by collectors and retailers everywhere to help judge the general value of specific issues and grades of comics. Although it is the master reference it is only a guide; actual value is determined when buyer and seller meet.
Before Watchmen: Ozymandias – Len Wein and Jae Lee keep these prequels strong in the embodiment of their predecessors.
Mind MGMT – This book contains vital information for all agents. Ultraviolet lenses may be needed to access some codes. W/A Matt Kindt [Dark Horse]
Batman & Robin Vol1 Born to Kill HC -Finally, Bruce Wayne and Damian Wayne are in the title roles, respectively. LOTS of brutality, mostly by the ten-year-old.
Fables Vol 17: Inherit the Wind TP – Bigby and Snow White’s cubs try to move forward after learning a hard lesson about life and death. Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham deliver another volume in their solid library of living fairy tale characters. [Vertigo]
Invincible Vol 16: Family Ties TP – Robert Kirkman’s standout superhero epic, illustrated in all it’s battling glory by the unparalleled Ryan Ottley. [Image]
Mike Norton’s Battlepug HC – The artist for Tim Seeley’s rural noir, Revial, collects his webcomic’s “tale of a fearless barbarian, his trusty and freakishly large pug, and evil baby harp seals.” [Dark Horse]
Secret Warriors Omnibus HC – The tome is packed with supplemental issues to Jonathan Hickman’s monumental run with artist Jim Cheung. Worth every penny.