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Zen Bowling and Revival #18

Zen Bowling and Revival #18

Cooper loses his innocence and Dana gets one step closer to the burnt man.




Leading into its fourth arc, Image Comics released Revival #18 this week. From the creative minds of Tim Seeley, Mike Norton, and Mark Englert, the cover by Jenny Frison is a grotesque head shot of Officer Dana Cypress’ latest suspect, the mysterious masked burn victim, staring deep into the reader’s eyes.
 
Dana Cypress meets with the funeral home worker, Randy Decker, to see if he has any information on the burnt masked man. Meanwhile, her son Cooper can’t sleep because of the “glowing man in the woods” and her sister Martha finally meets her part-time professor and part-time lover, Aaron Weimar’s, wife. 
 
This series is normally a bit of a downer, as any story involving the resurrection of the dead would be, but this issue really forces the point. From Lester losing his dog, to Martha’s meeting of Mithiya, to the loss of Cooper’s innocence with her mom, Tim Seeley delivers a truly heart-breaking issue.
 
Mike Norton is a perfect fit on a noir book with his clean, thin lines and his highly emotive facial expressions. Randy Decker’s face when he recalls the burning man is my favorite as he is equally shocked and intrigued. I did feel as though some perspectives were off, especially the panel with Dana holding coffee cups; her hands and cups felt too big for her. Mark Englert uses a full color palette and the charred, browns on the office of Professor Weimar’s office were a great match.
 
Revival isn’t your typical dead rise from the grave story; the dead did rise, but they returned to their normal day-to-day lives. Revival #18 continues the tradition of slow-burn, suspenseful storytelling, fueling the desire to know what happens next. This is a haunting, noir tale in the best sense of the word. 




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About the Author - Tim Midura


Born in the frozen tundra of Massachusetts, Tim Midura has long possessed a love for comic books and records. After stealing the beard of Zeus and inventing the pizza bagel, a much more heavily tattooed and bearded Tim Midura has finally settled in San Diego. Find him on twitter, facebook or by email.


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