Revival #7 is a typical issue. Whilst the plot itself continues and develops, Revival #7 twists and turns along the way. With new threats and plots exposed throughout, this is an issue seems to be focused on setting up future developments, even if there are various current threads that aren’t quite finished.
The official description from IDW:
Dana tracks down a wolf in sheep’s clothing serial killer. Talk show pundit, Clyde Birch comes to down and all hell breaks loose. And, those Check boys are up to something nasty.
At a glance, its safe to say this issue is certainly interesting. If its not a relatively tense action sequence, its building pressure on the town borders. Revival #7 pushes the very aspects of small town life to its extremes, showing the various consequences of the themes and motifs the series puts into question.
This in itself makes for a very interesting read, as it builds on the themes of life and death on all the related aspects of this. Revival is not a 2D story, it strives to show the various aspects a single incident has on a small town. Opinions are split, and not just in two factions. Whether its the town’s individual stories, or the journalists and public speakers trying to turn it into their own advantage, Revival shows the various consequences of any changes and developments. Yet it all ties into the story and themes, giving the series some strong consistency.
Yet, on the other hand, it also makes the small town seem very busy. Part of the problem with this is that its hard to follow Dana as a main character when, to put it simply, she’s not included enough to arguably see her as such. Sure, she gives the most plot exposition and is in the center of a lot of the involvements, but her lack of constant presence makes this too questionable.
The issue also ends on one of the most interesting cliffhangers so far in the series. That said, after reading the issue, its hard not to remember some of the sub-plots that are left in the open. Blaine Abel, for instance, is a remarkable character with lots of promise who hasn’t been seen in a while. Despite having lots of potential, it appears such developments become lost in the larger picture.