When we first heard about Chew/Revival, a two issue series from Image Comics coming out in May that brings together the creative talents of John Layman, Rob Guillory, Tim Seeley, and Mike Norton, we were, like, super excited. There was only one problem - we had no idea what they were talking about. So we asked Image Publisher Eric Stephenson to answer some questions about it in an attempt to clear things up.
OH: Hi Eric, thanks for joining us.
ES: My pleasure.
OH: What's the deal with this crossover?
ES: It's John Layman and Rob Guillory's Chew crossing over with Tim Seeley and Mike Norton's Revival.
OH: Tim Seeley and Mike Norton's revival of what?
OH: I'm asking you.
ES: Revival. It's the title of the book.
OH: Oooooh. The comic Revival! Of course! We love that book!
ES: Who doesn't?
OH: And it's crossing over with Chew?
ES: With me? No.
OH: Not you. Chew.
ES: Right, it's crossing over with Chew.
OH: Wait, with us? Or with Chew?
ES: I'm not crossing over with anything!
OH: Let's start over. Tell us about this Chew/Revival.
ES: Why does Chew need a revival? It's still going strong.
Well, that cleared up nothing. Why don't we just post the press release and let you figure things out for yourselves:
TONY CHU WILL STIR THINGS UP IN WISCONSIN IN CHEW/REVIVAL
Enjoy a delicious blend of the two critically acclaimed series
John Layman & Rob Guillory, the minds behind CHEW, and Tim Seeley & Mike Norton, the architects of the gothic noir REVIVAL, come together to whip up an appetizing fusion of their New York Times bestselling and critically acclaimed series for two issues stuffed with adventure in a CHEW/REVIVAL cross-over from Image Comics.
Readers will find out what’s on the menu for Tony Chu when he heads into rural Wisconsin—where the dead don’t stay at rest and the living do their best to cope—in CHEW/REVIVAL #1.
“In my head I've got a checklist of all my favorite books I want Chew to crossover with, if for no other reason than it gives me an opportunity to visit a world that isn't mine, that I'd nonetheless like to play in,” said Layman. “Revival is a the top of the list, and I'm stoked I've got the opportunity to send Tony Chu to visit. It's a fun opportunity to check out both books for less than a single issue of each.”
“When John [Layman] proposed the idea, I told Tim [Seeley], ‘no way. That will never work,’” admitted Norton. “After a while I thought about it and went back to Tim and said, ‘yeah, no way, that will never work!’ But then, I thought even more on it. I think the way we’re doing it is reminiscent of when indie books of the '80s would cross companies and appear in each book even though you’d never expect those universes to collide. It’s just a matter of loosening up and having some fun.”
Seeley added, “Chew showed us all that there was a place for quality off-kilter series, and we're excited to have the cast of our 'rural noir' meet up with America's favorite cibopath. I think we've figured out a great way to take advantage of the ‘WHAT THE HELL’ factor of crossing over two very different worlds that'll make for a great read."
“Honestly, even I was shocked how well the two titles gelled together,” said Guillory. “It's a really, really fun experiment that will surprise fans of both books, I think."
Perfect for fans of CHEW and REVIVAL who are hungry to try something new and a good taste-test for readers new to either series, CHEW/REVIVAL has something for everyone.
CHEW/REVIVAL #1 is served in stores on 5/28, and will be available for $4.99. It can be pre-ordered using Diamond Code MAR140497.