Nope, I don’t mean a revival of Image Comics; the company seems as strong as ever. I mean a new series from Tim Seeley and Mike Norton!
The creators have described Revival as:
…a farm noir murder mystery set in a town where people have stopped dying!
If you read that and your first thoughts drift towards “zombies” then you’re not alone, but further descriptions suggest a deeper premise. Attendees of this year’s Emerald City Comicon got a glimpse of some new material, and while these walking dead aren’t zombies per se, the series should have all sorts of gruesome treats for the horror enthusiast. If you couldn’t make the ECCC, look forward to Free Comic Book Day. A preview of Revival will be featured as part of Image 20, Image Comics’ 20th anniversary anthology. Based on what we have so far, the premise seems closer to the one explored in Torchwood: Miracle Day. Death simply ceases to happen in that series, no matter how mortally someone is wounded or what illness they succumb to. The dead will rise in Revival, but it has yet to be seen if it will be all dead, or only those who die after a certain time. It could escalate to a global event, but so far everything points to the initial phenomenon being confined to the claustrophobic little town of Wausau, Wisconsin.
The series certainly has my attention, have you ever feared being inadvertently buried alive? How about cremated alive? Revival promises to tackle many religious and ethical dilemmas as well, as the previously dead struggle to recapture their old lives. It seems to be a very character driven piece, propelled by the determination to solve the mystery central to the plot, but what I really want to know is- who, or what, is this thing: