Revival just got real
Not that it hasn’t been quite real already. Revival is one of my favorite ongoing titles being published right now for reasons I’ve already discussed on this blog. I’ll do a quick recap though: isolation, small towns, cold weather, religion, mystery, zealots. All of the above are elements that I enjoy immensely in all fiction, and all of these are featured prominently in Norton and Seeley’s Revival.
The main focus of this issue is seeing the aftermath of the altercation between officer Dana Cypress and the reviver Anders. Anders, who had previously appeared as a catatonic reviver, finally lashed out and killed, fleeing the scene immediately. The reason I found this incident so interesting was that Anders was such an interesting case of revival: he seemed to just assume the role he had held previously during life. A poisoned couch potato, watching TV and blind to the affair between his daughter and step son. I found him interesting because he stood apart from most of the revivers that have been focused on so far. He didn’t seem malicious. He seemed fully content to just watch movies from old-school Hollywood. But apparently it was all just an act, making his actions all the more malicious when he lashed out and murdered Rick and assaulted his daughter Jamie.
This issue also helped build a bit more mythology behind the revivers. We saw Anders fake a condition of comatose, refrain from killing his daughter when he wanted nothing more to do so and finally escape from pursuing police after getting a large portion of his head shot off. Now we know that the revivers (apart from EM) can display empathy, and are a lot more human that we have seen them act previously in the comic. Of course there are the few revivers we’ve seen that have simply returned to their lives of mediocrity and mundane activity, but apart from being an interesting social case, these members of the town don’t hold much stake for us as the audience.
Another key aspect of this issue was the mysterious truck driver from the first and last pages of the issue, visibly uncomfortable as he tries to transport a truck labeled dairy across the quarantine border. By beginning the issue with the scene of a nervous trucker about to cross the border, we are obviously being led to believe that something other than dairy is contained in the back of his truck. We go through the rest of the issue wondering, and then we finally revisit the scene as a school bus careens out of control into the barricade, overturning the truck and revealing the sick and twisted contents for the entire crowd to see, including religious-riot-inciter Clyde Birch. The driver was transporting assorted organs, along with a wide variety of severed heads and limbs.
Yum, when’s lunch?