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Revival, Vol. 3 by Tim Seeley
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it was amazing
bookshelves: comics, 2014, fiction, horror, zombies

This review applies to Vol 1, Vol 2, and Vol 3 of Revival. I have posted it on all three.

It’s winter in rural Wisconsin when the dead come back to life. Neither mindless nor totally right with the world, the zombies in the story are struggling with being alive again. They can’t feel things the same way they did, they have some memory blackouts, and they hear weird voices from ghastly figures haunting the woods around Wausau. Add in the family and friend politics of a small town, a murder mystery, and the pressures of the rest of the world wanting to know just what happened on Revival day, and you’ve got a great comic.

A few more thoughts:

- Cheers to Seeley and Morton for creating admirable, interesting female characters to headline their comic. Well done, sirs. In fact, double cheers around the fact that the denizens they’ve created for the city are all fleshed out people, complicated by their choices and interesting in their interplay. Even without the zombies, this would be a good story.
- It’s interesting that they’ve called this a noir story, despite its zombie theme. In fact, it does fit better as a crime drama than as a story of the undead. That’s just a dark part of the tale.
- Seeley and Morton have also done a good job capturing the “trapped in a small town” aspect of King’s Under the Dome. ( I haven’t seen the show, I’m referring to the book.) The fact that everyone knows each other makes for a great ratcheting up of the tension as one person’s mistake has ramifications for another person’s troubles.
- Morton’s art works great for the story — it’s realistic and firmly drawn, which makes the horror scenes work very well. Most compelling are the moments when the zombie characters become overwhelmed with grief and they begin crying black goo.
- I also like the balance between small story arcs being resolved and little pieces of a larger tale emerging as the story goes along. Excellent.

Definitely worth reading if you’re a fan of noir comics or zombie comics. If you, like me, occupy that sweet spot in the middle of that particular venn diagram, you ought to read Revival right away.

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Reading Progress

Started Reading
October 23, 2014 – Shelved
October 23, 2014 – Shelved as: comics
October 23, 2014 – Shelved as: 2014
October 23, 2014 – Shelved as: fiction
October 23, 2014 – Shelved as: horror
October 23, 2014 – Shelved as: zombies
October 23, 2014 – Finished Reading

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