What I’m Reading: Revival, vol. 2: Live Like You Mean It

September 17, 2013 § Leave a comment

A tale of the dead rising, Revival, vol. 2 by Tim Seely and Mike Norton sees a lot of the stories from the first trade paperback developing nicely, while some of the most central mysteries sort of string you along.

Set in a small rural area, the different storylines would all have touched protagonist Officer Dana Cypress even if she wasn’t the in charge of cases involving “revivers,” people who’ve come back from the dead.  What’s inventive about the series is its scale: with an “outbreak” more limited in size than most zombie scenarios, characters need to deal with things like the undead re-filing with the IRS and, a big plotline of this volume, the smuggling of reviver organs.

The storyline that develops the least in this volume, that has the most impact on the characters, is the murder of “Em” Cypress.  Dana’s sister, Em is now revived, but she remembers nothing about her killer.  There are some promising hints that Em’s murder is tied to the central question of “how did the dead rise?” but it’s frustrating that the story doesn’t develop more.  There are no new clues and no new suspects for Em’s murder.

Strong characters and attractive art make up for the big tease, and though I wouldn’t have the patience to follow such a slow reveal in a monthly series, Revival is definitely worth enjoying in trade paperback.

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