Written by Tim Seeley
Art by Mike Norton
Colors by Mark Englert
Letters by Crank!
Edited by Four Star Studios
Design by Sean Dove
Cover by Jenny Frison
Release Date: November 21, 2012
Cover Price: $2.99
Revival #5 continues the mystery in that small town of Wausau, Wisconsin. Usually comics with an ongoing mystery lose their momentum around the fifth or sixth issue, if they don’t offer a huge reveal. Does Revival escape that trap, or does is jump over it? Let’s take a look…
Writer Tim Seeley goes outside the box with this issue, and this series in general. What starts off as a mystery in a small town of people coming back from the dead, turns into a LOT more than just that. It’s really turned into a story of basic human survival and with some great characters that we’ve quickly come to love and care about. One of the things that impresses me most is one of the “b plots” that focuses on the officials at the CDC and the drama that’s going on in their lives. Not to be outdone at all, the main focus of the issue is the conflict between EM, a reporter named May and the evil Blaine Abel. There is a great deal of both action and story development in this issue. Seeley keeps revealing just enough of the mystery to keep us turning the pages, but not enough to reveal anything too quickly. Very well written issue.
Ladies and Gentlemen, the tallest working man in comics – MIKE NORTON!!!!! Good God, this man is talented. He’s got a great style that works for ANY kind of comic. Now, let me explain something for those who don’t know me personally. I’m a chicken. A big one. If I think I’m going to see blood, guts, or gore in any movie, book, or comic, I run away as fast as my legs will take me. But, Norton does a fantastic job here. He’s detailed enough to make this book look gorgeous, but doesn’t go over the top when it comes to the horror aspect of the book. Yes, there’s blood and broken bones, but they’re rendered with a style that’s not over the top and very tastefully done.
Looking for something different? You’ve found it. Looking for a great read that you’ll totally get lost in? Right here. To sum it up, grab this one. If you’ve never read the series before (shame of you), there’s a recap page that helps, but I HIGHLY recommend picking up the back issues if you can find them. Thankfully, Image has went back to press on every issue, so that shouldn’t be a factor. Enjoy! You can thank me later!