Revival #4 Review

Undead, drama, the supernatural, possible aliens/demons… Revival #4 continues the amazing ability to juggle all of these various aspects, delivering a quality, gripping story as a result. Rich with characters and suspense, Revival #4 delves deep into the rural noir of Revival.

The official description from Image:

Dana investigates threats sent to a pair of siblings running a charity to help people adjust to life with undead loved ones. But there’s more to this brother and sister than philanthropy.  Meanwhile May Thao discovers photos of a bizarre creature, and just can’t help but get herself into deep sh*t.

This issue uses the large cast to full effect. Many events happen both good and bad; mostly, bad. Yet there is a real sense of something happening in the small isolated town; Revival isn’t sticking to a singular narrative or boring readers to death with it.

So much happens, in fact, that Dana only plays a small part in it. At least she becomes more likable in this issue, even if we have to put up with her issues again; one of the least interesting personal side-arcs in the story. In many ways, her sister takes a greater role. Martha is clearly more involved in the story, and not just as one of the ‘revivers’. Dana is, for the best part, an outsider. The title might contrast the two sisters in the future, but right now everything is only foreshadowed.

The mysterious Mr.Abel makes a further appearance here, and his segments are certainly full of drama and mystery. The writing does a great job of showing a hidden agenda that is never made clear. With the addition of more religious overtones, Mr. Abel highlights a lot of the series religious themes. Additionally, he’s just plain creepy, calming switching between a polite gentleman and twisted psychopath.

Despite all this, the plot is still running thick in Revival. Nothing is given away easily, and the creepy alien/ghost/monster makes another appearance, something the talented artists keep to a minimum to ensure the maximum effect. With things looking to kick off, it seems the next few issues might just start delivering some answers; yet if there is one thing Revival is good at, its teasing as much as possible to keep the reader invested; something its definitely achieved.