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Revival, Vol. 1: You're Among Friends

(Revival #1)

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3.86  ·  Rating details ·  7,183 ratings  ·  637 reviews
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
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Paperback, 128 pages
Published December 12th 2012 by Image Comics (first published November 1st 2012)
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Stuart P Hawkes Is it good? It's the best graphic novel I've read. I've just finished the last one, Vol. 7 and I need more. Seriously, I wasn't a 'comic' person…moreIs it good? It's the best graphic novel I've read. I've just finished the last one, Vol. 7 and I need more. Seriously, I wasn't a 'comic' person before reading this and 'Interview'. (less)
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Patrick
I can't believe I haven't reviewed this comic here on goodreads yet, or at the very least marked it as "read" and given it a 5-star rating.

This is an amazing comic series, folks. And I'm not just saying that because it's set here in beautiful central Wisconsin, in the town of Wausau, about 50 miles north of where I live.

It's a delightful story, full of mystery. It's set in the real world, with a tinge of the the supernatural. It's described as a "Rural Noir" on the cover. I'm not sure what that
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Raeleen Lemay
Jan 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Re-Read October 2016
Still great upon a second reading! I'm really glad I read this again though to prepare myself for reading the rest of the series, because I'd totally forgotten most of what happened. I love that the story still holds a lot of mystery, and though you can see there is a zombie-like situation happening, there is clearly a lot more going on than meets the eye. Excited to start volume two!

First Read October 2015
This is just what I needed to get into the Halloween spirit! I really
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karen
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
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Anne
Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was shocked at how much I enjoyed this fresh(ish) take on reanimating the dead.
Not zombies! Just, well, one minute some of the members of this small town are dead, the next...not so much.
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Yay! Right?
Eh...maybe. Because some of the revived are starting to act strangely.
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This is where Wisconson police officer, Dana Cypress, comes in. She's been put in charge of keeping tabs on (and keeping the peace with!) the revivers, because tensions are high since the event happened and CDC quarantined their s
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I really wanted this book when I read about it and got to see a few pictures. After reading it I'm sort of confused about some stuff. But I really enjoyed it.

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So, this little town in Wisconsin all of the sudden has people rising from the dead. Some of them are all like, "where am I?" Others seem okay and then you get them home and they go all crazy ape on you!

Then you have these demon or person white thing wandering around the forests spouting out names and trying to talk. I really want to know
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Jan Philipzig
Sep 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
I picked up this first volume of Revival because I'm generally interested in the horror genre, and because the series was listed by Comic Book Resources as one of the year's best in 2012 and 2013. Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy it as much.

While I generally appreciated the attempt to breathe new life into the old zombie sub-genre, my main problem was that the characters never really came to life for me. We are told, for example, that protagonist Dana "became a cop just to get [her dad's] approval"
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Jeff
Aug 19, 2013 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
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Trudi
OCTOBER COUNTRY 2013

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
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Evgeny
May 01, 2014 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
Donovan
Apr 14, 2017 rated it really liked it


Supernatural horror in rural Wisconsin? Yes please.

This was great! Small town drama, good characterization, graphic violence, fantastic artwork, and a fairly unique take on the horror genre. I'm surprised by comparisons to Walking Dead because it's nothing like that or most zombie stories. Even the word "zombie" doesn't do it justice. People die and then reanimate, sure, but many don't look dead, most are conscious, and they all have regenerative healing. Sound like Walking Dead? Nope!

I also l
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Chad
May 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
What if a group of people returned from the dead in a rural Wisconsin town? They're not zombies. Most seem perfectly fine. Some go a little crazy at times. Why did only these people return? Is it a phenomenon that will spread? The government wants answers so the town is cordoned off and the CDC is sent in. Our main character, Dana Cypress, is a deputy assigned to team up with the CDC to find out what's going on. Seeley and Norton have created a Fargoesque town full of mystery and horror. It comp ...more
Jenbebookish
I couldn't find this anywhere so I had to order it, and I only ordered volume 1, for obvious reasons, to be sure I liked it first before ordering all 8 volumes. And I not only liked it, but I had a dream about it last night. Like literally I dreamt the entire storyline. It was insane, and sorta awesome, and definitely nightmarish but now that I'm awake it's more cool than anything. I can recall in my head perfectly the images and setting.

Okay but anyway, aside from that, I dug this graphic nove
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Marianna Neal
Oct 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Really cool concept and I have no clue where the author is going with this story. Definitely intrigued, and will possibly have nightmares.
Sandra
Apr 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
This wasn't bad, but it wasn't good, either. The concept was good. There were some storytelling issues. I wish there was less characters because most of my confusion stemmed from the fact that there was too many characters. Some of these characters weren't even too important. I might post a more coherent review for this soon - or when I get the time.
Sam Quixote
Jan 14, 2014 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
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Kurt
Jan 10, 2013 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
Dennis
A refreshing take on the Zombie genre.

In rural Wisconsin some people just refuse to die. So the police deploys a special unit that, with some help from the CDC, investigates the un-deaths of those people.

But the Revivers not just slurp around and try to gnaw on people’s necks. Some of them seem almost normal, actually. Apart from the fact that being stabbed or shot or run over by an eighteen-wheeler doesn’t make them miss breakfast. Others are really losing their shit. And some do not look or be
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Liz Janet
Jan 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
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 what is going on, some declare it as a sign of the Ra ...more
Laura

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
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James DeSantis
Jan 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Okay years later I finally sat down and re-read this (again) for the third time to see if my opinion changed. Did it? No.

It's still a solid fun title. Basically, revival is about a bunch of dead people coming back to life. No, that as zombies, just them regular selves, or so we think. The story here revolves around a few characters, one major one being Dana who is a cop trying to solve what is happening. Her sister, who is a revival, trying to find out who killed her. A news reporter who broke
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Lindsey Lynn (thepagemistress)
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
Melissa Chung
Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
I have read quite a few graphic novels from Image and haven’t found one that I haven’t liked. Their stories are entertaining and illustrated beautifully. Revival volume one is no exception. 4 stars! Interested to see where it goes from here.

Revival is set in a small town in Wisconsin. One day 23 people came back to life. They’ve been called revivers and the town is now quarantined. The CDC and the local police have got their hands full, trying to figure out what is going on. Of course the family
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Ryan Michael
Jul 26, 2017 rated it liked it
This series seemed right up my alley, but unfortunately it didn't hit the mark for me. I think the art is really nice and I don't think it's a bad story, I just wasn't sucked into the plot, so I don't think I'll continue on with it.
Cheese
Jun 03, 2015 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.
Greyson [Use Your Words]
Revival Series Ratings:
Revival, Vol. 1: You're Among Friends: ★★★★
Revival, Vol. 2: Live Like You Mean It: Lost Interest in Series

This year I am doing Graphic Novel December.
My plan is it to read one GN for each day of the month. So 31 in total!
I'll keep a running total in the review of each GN as I read them to help me keep track and for anyone following to see where I am at as well!
GN #1: Wonder Woman, Volume 1: The Lies ★★★★
GN #2: Wonder Woman, Volume 2: Year One ★★★★
GN #3: Wonder Woman, V
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Sesana
Feb 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, horror
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
Mike
Dec 10, 2012 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
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Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
3.5 Stars   
This was a dark graphic novel with an intriguing mystery at the core of the story. The artwork was well drawn wihth some wonderfully gruesome scenes. Towards the end of the volume, I thought the narrative started to weaken so I lost of my interest. I'm not certain if I would continue on with the series.
Jeannette Nikolova
Feb 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Also available on the WondrousBooks blog.

Pretty good, in comparison with a lot of the things that I have read recently. Revival is not mind-blowing, but it definitely has a lot of potential.

What is original about Revival is that it's not your classic zombie story. Yes, the dead come back. But they are not this:

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Not totally, anyway.

The dead have risen, and they seem to be acting normally. Have they received an extra life? Does everyone get a second chance? Are they okay? They seem to be. Until t
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Caron
This review can also be found on my blog at: https://diminishingthoughts.wordpress...

In a real town in Wisconsin, people found that the dead were coming back to life. No one knows how it happens or what brought it on but people walking around that are not supposed to obviously raised a few eyebrows and alerted the attention of the media.

The thing that’s different about this book is that these people are not your average zombies. I don’t think we can even call them that. They’re alive, they’re ‘o
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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.

Other books in the series

Revival (8 books)
  • Revival, Vol. 2: Live Like You Mean It
  • Revival, Vol. 3: A Faraway Place
  • Revival, Vol. 4: Escape to Wisconsin
  • Revival, Vol. 5 : Gathering Of Waters
  • Revival, Vol. 6: Thy Loyal Sons & Daughters
  • Revival, Vol. 7: Forward
  • Revival, Vol. 8: Stay Just A Little Bit Longer
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