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Friday, March 25, 2016

Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #262 - Revival, the comic


Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #262 - Revival, the comic

Hi Mom, And we're back with more on comics. I have been meaning to write about this series for AT LEAST a year. I had volumes four-six originally included in my recent round-up featured in Hey Mom #257, but I moved them out into a separate entry because that one was getting too long.

So, here we are, discussing the Image comic series REVIVAL, created by Tim Seeley and Mike Norton.

I cannot make the claim that this is my FAVORITE current series or even my favorite IMAGE series, but it's a solid series with gorgeous art and strong story-telling. It blends several core source materials, like Fargo and Twin Peaks with Stephen King like subject matter but then defines its own path and its own style quite effectively. It maintains some elements similar to soap opera in that it unspools stories in an episodic narrative about characters, for the most part, confined to one town, which is under quarantine, though not as dramatically closed off as King's Under the Dome.

The images directly above and in the banner are of the character Martha and are among the most compelling images from the comics. The way Norton captures Martha's facial expression, those haunting and haunted eyes with a mix of malice and determination is riveting. I find myself staring at this image for extended periods of time because there's something it compels me to absorb that I have not yet absorbed.

Great stuff.

I am now very enamoured of video reviews. I am including another video review on this entry, created Joyce Van Herck, who is a young woman in Belgium who enjoys reading. I liked her review of Revival very much, and so I have included it.

Once again, I am going to blatantly steal text from Good Reads for the data about the volumes, and this time I ma leaving the lines that detail the overall rating, the number of ratings, and how many reviews you will find on Good Reads, like this:  3.87  ·   Rating Details  ·  4,515 Ratings  ·  392 Reviews.

As I mentioned, volumes four-six were in the recent Hey Mom #257, but I had not actually read these during my recuperation from the horrible plague illness. I keep up on Revival and read each new volume pretty soon after it is released. So, this comic has been on my list of comics to write about since long before you died, Mom, along with Fatale, which another comic I am reading in trades and that I would like to review.

Like Joyce mentions in her video review, I like that this book is about revival from the dead but not about zombies, AND that the phenomenon of people rising from the dead is isolated to one town.

This is a great series and the art is gorgeous. I am hooked enough to keep reading, and I give it a very high recommendation, though there are other comics being published these days that are just as worthy or more so. Still, Tim Seeley made the jump from Image to DC Comics and has been writing the new Grayson comic, which I think is quite good. Though, I should qualify that Revival helped him land a job with DC, he has no abandoned Revival, and he's still writing it.

The small town focus really helps the book maintain mystery and utilize strong character development. Initial mysteries are extended well as the narrative expands episode by episode. Some very intriguing characters and great story arcs exploring small town horror in a noir fashion.

Revival, Vol. 1: You're Among Friends
by Tim Seeley (Goodreads Author), Mike Norton (Illustrator), Mark Englert (Illustrator)
 3.87  ·   Rating Details  ·  4,515 Ratings  ·  392 Reviews

Subtitle to the book is "A rural noir by Tim Seeley + Mike Norton"
Paperback, 128 pages
Published December 12th 2012 by Image Comics (first published November 1st 2012)
ISBN 1607066599 (ISBN13: 9781607066590)

Literary Awards - Harvey Awards Nominee for Best Artist (for Mike Norton), Best Writer (for Tim Seeley), Best Cover Artist (for Jenny Frison) (2013)

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 Cypress must solve a brutal murder, and everyone, alive or undead, is a suspect. The sell-out hit series created by NYT Bestselling author TIM SEELEY and Eisner winning artist MIKE NORTON is collected with bonus material!

URL-  ttp://www.imagecomics.com/comics/5231/Revival-Vol-1-Youre-Among-Friends-TP



Revival, Vol. 2: Live Like You Mean It
by Tim Seeley (Goodreads Author), Mike Norton (Illustrator)

3.96  ·   Rating Details  ·  2,303 Ratings  ·  120 Reviews

Collects REVIVAL #6-11.

Paperback, 128 pages
Published July 17th 2013 by Image Comics

ISBN 1607067544 (ISBN13: 9781607067542)

For one day in rural central Wisconsin, the dead came back to life. Now, the living and the recently-returned struggle to maintain a sense of normalcy, amidst political and religious conflicts.

Revival, Vol. 3: A Faraway Place
by Tim Seeley (Goodreads Author), Mike Norton (Illustrator), Mark Englert (Illustrator), Art Baltazar (Illustrator), Jenny Frison (Illustrator)
 4.05  ·   Rating Details  ·  1,103 Ratings  ·  78 Reviews
Collects REVIVAL #12-17. (less)
Paperback, 128 pages
Published February 19th 2014 by Image Comics
ISBN 1607068605 (ISBN13: 9781607068600)
URL- https://www.imagecomics.com/comics/releases/revival-vol.-3-a-faraway-place-tp

For one day in rural central Wisconsin, the dead came back to life. Now the living and the recently returned struggle to maintain a sense of normalcy amidst political and religious conflicts. Officer Dana Cypress is hot on the trail of a man she believes may have murdered her sister Em, but Em herself is on a quest through the snowy woods to find the strange glowing creature that haunts a child.

























Revival, Vol. 4: Escape to Wisconsin
by Tim Seeley (Goodreads Author), Mike Norton (Illustrations), Jenny Frison (Illustrations)
 4.06  ·   Rating Details  ·  672 Ratings  ·  57 Reviews
Paperback, 128 pages
Published October 7th 2014 by Image Comics
ISBN 1632150123 (ISBN13: 9781632150127)
URL - https://imagecomics.com/comics/releases/revival-vol.-4-escape-to-wisconsin-tp

For one day in rural central Wisconsin, the dead came back to life. Now the living and the recently returned struggle to maintain a sense of normalcy, amidst political and religious conflicts. Dana Cypress must solve the murder of her revived sister, as her own life falls apart around her. Collects Revival #18-23, and the Revival/Chew crossover.


Revival, Vol. 5 : Gathering Of Waters
by Tim Seeley (Goodreads Author), Mike Norton (Illustrator), Mark Englert (Illustrator)
 3.93  ·   Rating Details  ·  349 Ratings  ·  50 Reviews
Paperback, 128 pages
Published May 13th 2015 by Image Comics (first published April 22nd 2015)
Original Title- Revival, Vol. 5: Gathering Of Waters
ISBN-13- 9781632153791
URL- https://imagecomics.com/comics/releases/revival-vol.-5-tp-gathering-of-waters

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 have come with them. As the pregnant Em searches for the missing father of her child, Dana is embroiled in a conspiracy to contain Revivers that ends in fire. Collects REVIVAL #24-29.


Revival Vol. 6: Thy Loyal Sons & Daughters
by Tim Seeley (Goodreads Author), Mike Norton (Illustrator), Jenny Frison (Illustrator)
 4.01  ·   Rating Details  ·  122 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
Collects Revival #30-35.
Paperback, 144 pages
Published December 30th 2015 by Image Comics (first published October 29th 2015)
ISBN 1632154722 (ISBN13: 9781632154729)

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 the aftermath of a terrorist attack, Dana and Em must overcome new obstacles in a city where nothing is as it seems. Dana's sister, Em, is on the hunt for the murderer of her friend, while Dana tries to prevent her from revealing herself to the world and being confined to a new concentration camp for the recently revived. The hit series created by New York Times bestselling author TIM SEELEY and Eisner Award-winning artist MIKE NORTON is collected with bonus material!



cover gallery

Just three covers... being conservative because you know how much I love to post cover art.





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Have someone give you a kiss, and tell you that I love you.

Talk to you tomorrow, Mom.

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NOTE on time: When I post late, I had been posting at 7:10 a.m. because Google is on Pacific Time, and so this is really 10:10 EDT. However, it still shows up on the blog in Pacific time. So, I am going to start posting at 10:10 a.m. Pacific time, intending this to be 10:10 Eastern time. I know this only matters to me, and to you, Mom. But I am not going back and changing all the 7:10 a.m. times. But I will run this note

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