Story by Tim Seeley
Art by Mike Norton
Colors by Mark Englert
Letters by Crank!
Edited by 4 Star Studios
Design by Sean Dove
Cover by Jenny Frison
Release Date: February 20, 2013
Cover Price: $2.99
After reading the last issue, I didn’t think Revival #7 could get any creepier. All right, I was wrong. WAY wrong.
Writer Tim Seeley does a great job of rewarding long-time readers, and that’s something that’s pretty rare in current comic writing. Yes, anyone coming into this issue might be a little confused at first, but they should be caught up and into the story by about the first third of the book. In this issue we get some pay off to a storyline that’s been running since the beginning and, of course, we get a couple more mysteries thrown into out faces out of left field. One of the things that I love the most is that Seeley is an artist himself, and he knows how to write for an artist. Sure, it’s an artist that’s sitting in the same studio with him, but I really think that’s a huge plus for the overall entertainment value of the book. This issue is packed with some great suspenseful moments, ones that you just don’t get in comics right now. Thankfully, they’re not the kind of “chainsaw busting through someone’s skull” moments, they’re more the “who’s behind that door” moments. Although, don’t get me wrong, there is PLENTY of gore for anyone who’s looking for it. PLENTY.
This issue Mike Norton pulls off some unique tricks art-wise. Aside from his normal, fantastic-looking art, he uses a lot of out of focus panels to bring a really spectacular element to the page. It’s an old TV trick, but it’s new to comics and a big pat on the back to Norton for pulling from other genres of entertainment and applying them into the GREATEST form of entertainment (OK, I’m a little biased on that one). Aside from that, Norton hits it on all cylinders in this book. The backgrounds, the characters, he makes them all look fantastic. He even brings the super over the top violence and gore to a very believable place within these pages.
To sum up, another great issue! No, this series is not for everyone. If you’re a young reader, you might want to move along. But, for literally anyone else, there’s something in this book for you. Go grab it!