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Revival, Vol. 1: You're Among Friends (Revival)

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Subtitle to the book is "A rural noir by Tim Seeley + Mike Norton"

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 Cypre
Paperback, 128 pages
Published December 12th 2012 by Image Comics (first published November 1st 2012)
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yeah, like i am going to be able to write a review that says anything my godparents of zombie-intelligentsia, mike and ceridwen, haven't already said in their reviews.

but a book read is a book that needs to be reviewed, so i will add my tiny mew to their roars.

because this is good stuff. and even if you are "over" the whole "zombie thing," you can pretty much shusshify, because this is one of those "revitalizations of the genre" situations that twists the zombie mythos into something way more e
Raeleen Lemay
Oct 02, 2015 Raeleen Lemay rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, graphicomanga
This is just what I needed to get into the Halloween spirit! I really want the next few volumes NOW though....
Dec 30, 2014 Jeff rated it liked it
This has gotten some stellar reviews here on Goodreads and for the life of me I can’t see why. It bills itself as a rural noir, but I think this is a book where the author just throws ideas and characters into a huge graphic novel maw to see what gets hurled (in a vomit-y kind of way) back - police procedural, mystery, drama, horror, supernatural, and sure, okay, noir.

The basic premise is this: rural town in Wisconsin has about two dozen people who have suddenly come back to life, the town is be

This is a re-read for me, in preparation of hitting up Volume 2, and I gotta say, I'm still excited about what this series has to offer. It's a claustrophobic tale set in a quarantined Midwestern town that has recently fallen prey to a rash of re-animations. The dead are coming back to life, but not in the way you think, or with the same dramatic gore and apocalyptic consequences we have come to expect from the walking dead.

This isn't a traditional zombie tale. First and for
May 08, 2014 Evgeny rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
In a small town of Wisconsin in the middle of nowhere the dead people started coming back - not as zombies, but as seemingly normal people. Obviously this creates a nationwide problem: the town is quarantined until the medics are sure the phenomenon is not contagious, the researchers rush in to study it, the pilgrims from all over the world try to enter the town for different reasons. The moment everything calmed down somewhat, things started to get weird - weird to the point where people who fl ...more
Liz BooksandStuff
Aug 24, 2016 Liz BooksandStuff rated it really liked it
Shelves: favourites
Review here: https://booksandstuff1357.wordpress.c...

This is a zombie comic, sort of. It is not The Walking Dead, a wonderful comic and TV-series detailing the lives of survivors of a zombie apocalypse, who are constantly being hunted by the zombies and other humans alike. This series focuses on a small town, where certain people have returned to life. They have kept their memories, and have returned to their normal lives, they are just as functioning as any other humans. But no one truly knows
Jan Philipzig
Sep 04, 2015 Jan Philipzig rated it it was ok
Overrated Zombie Saga

I picked up this first volume of Revival at the library because I am generally interested in the horror genre, and because the series was listed by Comic Book Resources as one of the year's best in both 2012 and 2013. While I appreciate the attempt to breathe new life into the good old zombie sub-genre, though, I had two major problems with the book.

First, I never really cared about the characters - and this is the kind of story that only works if you do. The dialogue was of
Jan 10, 2013 Kurt rated it it was amazing
May I confess a secret that, if it spreads too far, will make me lose all my geek street cred? I secretly hate zombie stories. I find contemporary zombies to be narratively uninteresting at nearly every level. I fake it by loving The Walking Dead (in comic form, not so much on TV), but that's because in those stories, zombies are basically just the particular method of apocalypse Kirkman chose for his post-apocalyptic epic - his plucky survivors could be under constant threat from roaming unruly ...more
Sep 12, 2015 Stephen rated it really liked it

First of all let me thank Cinthya for recommending it to me!

In a small town in Wisconsin, the dead came back to life. The main character Officer Dana Cypress is assigned to investigate, when word of the "Revivers" gets out, the media descend on the small town of Wausau. But the Revivers aren't the only mysterious thing that is going on in the town.

These people that come back to life isn't the typical zombies that we are used to see, some come back to life and live like nothing happened and some
Lindsey Lynn
Jan 20, 2016 Lindsey Lynn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
The art in this is absolutely amazing!!!!

The story is so intriguing, and I really love the personality of all the characters. This is a small town but its a whole world of troubles.

Definitely continuing on with this graphic series :D
Feb 21, 2013 Laura rated it liked it

Revival is a stunning, splash in the bloodbath world of horror comics!

I need to start with the cover. This cover made one hell of a first impression! The haunting, dark look with a young woman wielding a sickle made me do a double take! She strolled her way into my dark, dark imagination and wonder. There was no way this book wasn’t coming home with me. Now on to the guts… :D

One day in a small Wisconsin town the dead came back to life. Twenty three people once dead are now back with their famil
Sam Quixote
Jan 14, 2014 Sam Quixote rated it it was ok
In a small town in rural Wisconsin, the dead are coming back to life! But these aren’t your regular rotting, shuffling, braaaains-eatin’ zombies, these are ordinary people, walking around with their memories of life, somewhat shocked at having experienced death and lived to tell about it! Officer Dana Cypress and the rest of her small police force, headed up by her stern father, cordon off the town and wait to discover what it all means – why won’t the dead stay dead?

I liked the premise a lot a
Aug 14, 2015 Alistair rated it liked it
3.5 stars.

Interesting, but not enough to keep me interested.

Some good artwork, but nothing stood out enough that was appealing enough to make me continue reading when there are better reads out there.
Mar 17, 2013 Mike rated it really liked it
Great premise, good storytelling, great natural dialogue. Good art, very clean, expressive and generally easy to follow the action. I like the "outside the lines" style employed here.

The last thing I read of Seeley's was Hack/Slash volume 3, which got so tedious and boring I just walked away without even finishing, so I wasn't expecting a lot here from a writer who returned to horror after exhausting himself. Turns out he's got some spark left in him after all.

Helluva premise too - in the zombie
Jun 18, 2016 Melissa rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books, yikes
There's a really cool, affable guy who's a patron at my branch since I before I started working here. In the past we've discussed movies, video games, and zombies of any genre. He started in on The Walking Dead and now he's all about graphic novels. He turned me on to this series; here's hoping he likes the stuff I recommended to him.

There is a lot going on in this slim volume. A certain number of people in a small town have come back to life for no rhyme or reason. They're called "Revivers." So
Jan 14, 2016 BookCupid rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic
Should we overlook the abundant cuss words?

Dana is a well-regulated cop (never reaches for her gun) and a part-time mom due to her workaholic tendencies. But we shouldn't judge her. After all she works in a world inhabited by revivers (disfigured revenants). These creatures aren't contagious and, unlike zombies, they don't bite. When a biologist, Ibrahaim, arrives in town to study them, the revenants start to rebel, killing their loved ones without realizing it. What exactly are they?

First off,
Apr 17, 2015 Sesana rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, comics, zombies
The concept is what drew me to this book. The dead have come back to life, but only some of them. And they aren't exactly ravening zombies, but they're still very unsettling. For one, their presence rips open all kinds of old wounds. Then there's the strange, Wolverine-esque healing factor they seem to have acquired. And then there's the mystery that surrounds them. Why these few people? Why in this small town? If they're here for a reason, what is it? Don't expect a host of answers, because you ...more
Mar 03, 2013 Paul rated it liked it
March 3, 2013:
OK, so I've re-read it and (some) things are starting to make a little more sense to me. Not everything, but some.

First, my reason for simply 3 stars...
it's incomplete, to many questions are left hanging by the end of this trade, and even though I realize that this being an on-going series, it might take more than a single trade to answer all the questions, I still got the feeling when I got to the end of it that I was still in the introduction stage of the story... waiting for "s
Dec 16, 2012 Eleanor rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, comics
I absolutely loved this.

One day, in a small town in Wisconsin, the dead come back to life. Just here, nowhere else. They're not zombies or any other form of undead, but pretty much how we knew them when they were alive - and we call this 'Revival Day'. For me that term brought associations with 'Miracle Day', the recent Torchwood story, but it's not the same premise as that either - in Torchwood, people just refuse to die, no matter how ill or injured they are. Here it only affects the already
Jan 04, 2013 Becki rated it liked it
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Rating: 3 1/2 birch leaves out of 5

Recommends: Adults

I must say this was quite an enjoyable read. The characters were real and fleshed out nicely. Our Heroine was highly relatable, single working mother. Disgruntled younger sister and crusty father.

What was so refreshing after me previous battle with graphic novels this didn't glorify sex with women in skimpy clothes and random acts of sex.

The story was plausible and easy to f
Paul W.
Feb 05, 2015 Paul W. rated it it was amazing
I seriously loved this. It has me 100%, I have always liked Tim Seeley's writing but this one is fantastic. I don't know that it would be everyone's cup of tea, but damn is it great. I have seen this described as the talking dead, I don't think of that as a criticism though. I feel this is an amazing book. But here is my problem. I don't know if this has an ending. I'm anxious that this could end up not ending well. It's something that you only have to worry about in an episodic format. TV shows ...more
Charlene McCracken
Feb 11, 2013 Charlene McCracken rated it it was amazing
Incredibly intense and often terrifying- I couldn't stop reading this book. The artwork perfectly matches the dark mood of the story with splashes of color at exactly the right moments. I'll be thinking about this book for days and waiting impatiently for more.
Michel Avenali
Aug 26, 2016 Michel Avenali rated it really liked it
An interesting and intriguing start makes Revival vol 1 thought provoking and well worth the read. A revival event seems to have occurred in a small town in Wisconsin wherein the recently deceased have come back to life. Now, before you write this off as a zombie comic the twist here is that Revival does not deal with zombies per se. The "revived" are fully functional and just as perplexed as the rest of the world at what is happening. This comic deals with the idea of what would happen in a sma ...more
Ashley Lynn
Apr 20, 2016 Ashley Lynn rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Horror readers.
Recommended to Ashley by: Goodreads
4.5/5 Stars

I originally rated this book 3.5 stars, but after further thought, I've bumped up the rating to 4.5.

In this rural noir created by Tim Seeley, a small town in Wisconsin, Wausau, is plagued by the dead coming back to life. However, this is not your typical zombie comic; Seeley creates something much darker and much more morally challenging. Instead of coming back as mindless vessels, these zombies remember who they were and who their family were before said zombies died and found themse
Tanja Berg
Sep 07, 2013 Tanja Berg rated it really liked it
Between the age of about 12 and until I turned 35, I did not read comics. I certainly never read comics for grown-ups. Then came "the Walking Dead" - the tv series. Quite soon after I had seen everything there was to see, I ordered the comic volumes and devoured them whole-heartedly. I'm still not an avid fan of comics, but I have begun to see the charm and have rediscovered some of the joy I had with comics as a kid.

"Revival" was recommended to me, for which I am grateful as I do not seek out g
Oct 07, 2013 Tiara rated it liked it
A one day "miracle" of sorts happens in a small Wisconsin town. The dead come back to life. No, they're not plucky zombies who want your brains, and some of them are in better physical shape after coming back to life than before they'd died. However, not all of them are quite right, and the town has been quarantined until it can be decided if really was a miracle, a hoax, or some biological process that needs to be understood and tested because what would something like that mean for humanity. T ...more
Dec 18, 2012 Dave rated it it was amazing
In a small town in northern Wisconsin, where a perpetual winter keeps most people indoors or buried under multiple layers to keep warm, the dead walk again.

Yeah, I said it. The dead walk again. This isn't yet another zombie story though, I assure you. People aren't undead after they die - they just come back to life again, and try to return to their lives as though nothing has happened. But something definitely has, they have changed somehow. And in the 1st 5 issues of this new comic by Image (j
Feb 06, 2013 Maxine rated it really liked it
In Wausau, Wisconsin, the dead just won't stay dead. Not surprising, the residents of Wausau are a bit discomfited when their dearly departed loved ones comes strolling home. The thing is, they're not zombies exactly, they walk and talk pretty much like they used to but, well, death seems to have given them a whole new attitude.

Juxtaposing the violence of the newly awakened dead against the backdrop of a sleepy midwestern hamlet is not new. However, writer Tom Seeley and illustrator Mike Norton
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There were plenty of selling points - the rural noir label (pretty sure I've never heard that one before), the unique qualities of the Revivers (people who miraculously come back to life no matter how they're killed, well, usually), the eye-catching covers, the racial diversity of the characters, the strong female leads, the gruesome scenes of superhuman rage. There's even an almost-sex scene and some promises of romance.
But the story so far is mostly a tease. The author needs to give a little
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Tim Seeley is a comic book artist and writer known for his work on books such as G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, The Dark Elf Trilogy, Batman Eternal and Grayson. He is also the co-creator of the Image Comics titles Hack/Slash[1] and Revival, as well as the Dark Horse titles, ExSanguine and Sundowners. He lives in Chicago.
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