Title: Revival, Volume One: You’re Among Friends
Author: Tim Seeley
Genre/Audience: Graphic novel, horror, zombies
Publication: Image Comics, 2012
Prior to reading this book, I had never read a graphic novel before. I’ve never been into comics or the like, but one of my coworkers at the library, who knows I love zombies and horror, and shares the same interest, recommended this one to me. I’m really glad she did, because it really opened my eyes to this whole genre. I’m not going to actively seek out new graphic novels to read, but I won’t automatically count them out now, like I did before.
So… Revival takes place in rural Wisconsin. The town has been quarantined because the dead are coming back to life, but they are NOT your typical zombies. They’re called ‘revivers,’ and they are talking and walking around, and acting just like themselves for the most part. No one knows what the cause is or how to stop it. Enter Officer Dana Cypress, who is investigating the revivers. Her dad is the sheriff and has assigned her to the special task force. They haven’t always gotten along well, but not for lack of trying. The story revolves around Dana and her family, including her son and younger sister, as this small town tries to deal with all these newly revived people.
I liked this story line a whole lot. I love zombies, and while these people weren’t exactly zombies, they resembled them but weren’t typical of zombies in that they were functioning like normal humans for the most part. I love horror as well, and this story was creepy and dark, though not really scary. I thought it was unique, and I liked getting to know Dana and her family too, and seeing how they reacted to the whole situation. The illustrations were excellent and very detailed, adding a lot to the story.
Sometimes, I was a bit confused while reading, and I wasn’t a fan of the cliffhanger ending. I don’t know if I missed some stuff as this was my first graphic novel, but I was a bit lost at times. Maybe I needed to pay better attention to the illustrations, but I’m not sure. I do plan on continuing with this series when the next one comes out, and think that graphic novel fans who are interested in zombies and horror will absolutely love this one!
My Rating: 3/5