At C2E2, the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo last April, Image Comics and Shatterglass Films announced they’re producing a live-action adaptation of the comic book series Revival by Tim Seeley and Mike Norton.
Set in the town of Wassau in rural Wisconsin, Revival tells the story of a small group of people who have inexplicably risen from the dead. They’re not zombies searching for brains, they’re just people who were were dead one day and alive the next. “Revival Day” is big news. All around the world, people are theorizing about its cause. Some are making the pilgrimage to Wassau hoping find the cure to their illnesses. But the CDC and the military have cordoned off the village until an explanation for Revival Day can be discovered.
Caught up in the middle of events, Officer Dana Cypress struggles to maintain order while secretly investigating the murder of her younger sister Em who, unbeknownst to anyone else, is one of the recently revived.
Advertised as a “rural noir,” Revival is really more of a supernatural thriller. There’s plenty of gore, with bloody art by Mike Norton and colors by Mark Englert. But Revival is more than a horror comic. Tim Seeley’s plot is filled with political, religious, moral, and social themes, questioning the nature of the human soul, the fear of sickness and aging, parental insecurities, and small town racism.
Reading the eight volumes of Revival feels like binge-watching a season of good television. If you’re a fan of The Walking Dead or Breaking Bad, you’ll probably love Revival. Hopefully they can fit everything into a feature film.