“A Rural Noir”
We stood up on two legs
And raised our heads above golden grass
He was there.
We sharpened stone and steel
Used tools to harvest grass, beast and brother
He was there.
We clustered together
In brick and mud, swarming with rats and plague
He Was there.
We built nations and mistrust
Our fingers hovered over the red button
Still we build, to rise above the golden grass
Away from the reach of his scythe
For a day when he will harvest no more.
It would do you no justice to describe Revival #1 without posting the eery poem from Martha Cypress. It’s the perfect set up to a horror story involving a small town, a quarantine, and a new “supernatural disease”. Dana Cypress is a police officer for the small town of Rothschild, and has been appointed to investigate “revivers” in their quarantined city. Revivers are not zombies, but they are humans who have beaten death, risen from the dead, and now have healing capabilites. The CDC doesn’t know where it came from, how you contract it, or even if it’s a disease at all, and thus the small town in Wisconsin is under quarantine because of it. Dana’s en route to investigate her first reviver, when she meets up with her sister Dana who’s car has apparently ran out of gas. The events that follow are unexplainable.
Revival #1 is a new take on an over saturated zombie genre. The infected people, if you can call them infected, are not flesh eaters, they aren’t filled with rage, and the circumstances at the end of Revival #1 are questionable as to whether the events were triggered by a senile old woman or the disease itself. It’s best to compare the book to The Crazies or Pontypool, a quarantine of a city for an unknown epidemic, but then again, the people infected were still extremely violent, while some revivers don’t even know their infected.
Tim Seely has written a very intriguing and suspenseful horror noir. The absence of too much gore, with the exception of the last few pages, puts emphasis on the unknown, giving you a true feeling of anxiety and suspense. The art by Mike Norton is fine being nothing spectacular, because it works with the book. Just look at Dana’s face throughout the book, there’s not much change in her expressions, which bothered me a little. Revival #1 has plenty of thrilling moments in the span of one issue, lots of questions have arisen, and I’m sure plenty of them will be answered in the coming issues. It’s a strong start for the newest ongoing title from Image.
Back to the Farm.
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