If there’s one thing I like about Revival, as Revival #3 shows, is that its able to constantly surprise or entertain me. There’s never too many dull moments. Yet, on the whole, the series doesn’t feel like its forcing its themes and story across.
First, the official description from Image:
Ms. Vang is a little old lady who wants her piece of the pie. And the creature in her basement is how she plans to get it. Meanwhile, Dana and her new partner are on a case, Em has more secrets, and a walking corpse goes to her daughter’s funeral.
Last issue saw the introduction of Mr.Abel, but he only makes a minor appearance here. Yet it builds on the impressions of the previous issue. Seeing such a character help an old lady fix a car might sound dull and plain, but it juxtaposes well with everything shown so far. It doesn’t force the character to the front of the title, but it does leave you wanting to know more.
The rest of this issue does a great job of building on the previous issues. The alien/monster/ghost thing from the first makes a cameo appearance, adding yet more mystery to the titles mythos. There’s also plenty of development on the ‘revivers’, both in the publics reaction and their individual views. The art subtly pushes this, too. There’s an old, undead lady holding a baby in the hospital. The theme of life and death could of been very prominent, but Revival #3 knows when to hold back.
As for the main character herself, Dana, she can come off a bit tedious in this issue. Whilst the title is a mix between a supernatural thriller and a drama focused on a ‘small isolated American town’, Dana seems more focused on drama. With everything that goes on in this issue, Dana seems more concerned with her Dad, or arguing with her new partner. Its not the most gripping story in the title, and she often comes across as constantly angry or moody. By the end of the issue, it makes her a little harder to like as a protagonist.
In short, Revival #3 is a great issue. It gets things going properly, building on a lot of the plots and themes established. At any rate, the next few issues look to be intriguing; although Revival is a series that currently likes to set the questions, not answer them.