Revival #5 (Image Comics), Review

Review Robert Bernstein
11/27/2012 at 4:28PM

There's a lot going on in this series, but it looks to have staying power.

Story: Tim Seely

Art: Mike Norton

Cover: Jenny Frison

Revival #4 left off with Blaine Abel, demonologist, trying to extract information from reporter May Tao. Revival #5 is written by Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash, Witchblade), with art by Mike Norton (It Girl & The Atomics) and the cover by Jenny Frison, who was also responsible for the rest of the covers in the series so far.

Jenny Frison’s cover is cover art at its best. The cover has an eerie looking young dark haired woman vomiting a long white arm. It is a cover that invokes horror and suspense in the minds of readers, which is what the Revival series is all about. 

In this issue, Blaine is using scare tactics on May to get information from her. Meanwhile, he hears a noise outside. The source of that noise is one of the white demon/ghost/alien (we still don’t know what they are exactly) figures entering Em’s body through her mouth and thus causing flashbacks of a Marine named Joe who is searching for a ring. We later see this creature approach May telling her it is looking for the ring. The creature burns her, but Em comes in and saves the day, holding the ring somehow. A scuffle occurs between Em and the creature and the creature ends up in the water. The water severely effects the creature and it appears to dissipate in the water. 

Em goes back and saves May, but not before Blaine puts an arrow in her chest from his crossbow. Em pulls the arrow out of her chest, as she and May escape on a snowmobile. They are soon chased down by Blaine on his snowmobile. Em jumps onto Blaine’s vehicle and causes them to both be hit by a truck. Em is badly injured; her body is mangled, and she clearly has some broken bones. But, when May approaches Em, Em is laughing hysterically. We end this issue with Dana looking at a phone record that shows Em has been talking to Aaron Weidham.

Tim Seeley has done an excellent job creating the character known as Blaine Abel. Blaine reminds me of Holder (played by Joel Kinnaman) from AMC’s The Killing. Blaine has the same mannerisms and appearance as Holder; I can even imagine Blaine sounding like Holder in my mind.

As of right now, we are unsure what the white creatures are. If I had to take a guess, I would say that the white creatures are the spirits of people in the past who have something in their lives left unresolved.  Regardless of the fact that we don’t know what the creatures are, the creatures are a creepy presence.  

There’s quite a bit going on with the series right now and it appears to be going in a lot of directions at once.  It isn’t quite horror, it isn’t quite mystery, it isn’t quite religious commentary; it is all three combined. Image Comics has a truly unique comic book on their hands and I am excited to see the next issue. Revival has a major chance of following suit of their big brother The Walking Dead, as far as longevity goes. However, readers will have to wait until January, as Seeley is releasing a trade of issues #1-5 first (which has an awesome cover too, by the way!)

Artwork:  7/10

Story:  7/10

Overall: 7/10

With 7‘s across the board, Revival has excellent framework in place, but still has room for some improvement.


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