"Revival #47" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by Image Comics
Written by Tim Seeley
Illustrated by Mike Norton
Colored by Mark Englert
2017, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on February 22nd, 2017
One day in the small town of Wausau, Wisconsin, the dead came back to life. They didn't eat brains or decompose. They just went back to their daily lives. Over time, we found that they were essentially immortal. Injuries would heal themselves. Teeth would grow back. Then we learned of the passengers, the ghostly apparitions that stalked through the woods looking for homes and how they were linked to the revived. Now, the mysteries have been unfolded and we enter the final chapter of Revival with an army on one side and revivers on the other with sisters Dana and Em Cypress in the middle. Prepare for bloodshed.
Revival has spent the past 46 issues carefully building to this moment. This entire issue is emotional payoff for the tremendous character development that has been put into this series, in addition to an absolutely insane action-packed climax. Bullets are flying. People are dying...and some are trying to hold on to life with everything they've got.
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A big chunk of the book deals with Em and her coming to grips with what she has to do. She is at the center of this struggle between life and death that has rocked the town. It handles closure incredibly well, delivering powerful moments that pack such a punch. There's one sequence that is just so heartbreaking, expertly illustrated by artist Mike Norton. It's a two-page spread that will hit you right in the gut. This sounds way too sappy and I get that I'm writing this on a horror site, but you have to give it up for how well this is executed. This is the kind of comic that can bring a tear to your eye.
When one of the passengers comes into contact with a reviver, they burst into flames. At first, this looks horrifying, as the body is quickly consumed by fire. This is contrasted by the look of resolution on the person's face. They got a second chance at life and they're happy with it. It's time for them to move on. It's what's supposed to happen, after all.
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This issue neatly wraps up every plot thread that has been hanging out there in a satisfying manner. I wasn't too crazy about the introduction of the Amish ninja Fannie King, but the way they tie up her arc works well. (She's a really cool character, however it felt like she was shoehorned into the series.) It's a downright perfect conclusion.
Revival is a celebration of life and death. It's a story about loss and how it affects the people left behind. The characters are very real, which makes the book so damn effective. I would compare it to Locke & Key in this manner, especially with how well it wraps everything up. You're not left hanging or wondering what happened to this character or that arc. It's an awesome ending.