What I love most about Tim Seeley and Mike Norton’s Revival is that it’s a story about two sisters. Of course, it’s also a story about the recently-returned dead, a mysterious murders and a city full of people who have more dirty secrets than the citizens of Twin Peaks. But for me, it's the sisters' story that is the core of Revival.
Dana and Martha Cypress are two sisters who are lost. Martha is a “reviver,” recently returned from the dead and desperately searching for the piece of her she knows is missing. Dana is a police officer who’s trying to solve her sister’s murder and deal with the new status quo and the problems that have arisen since “Revival Day.”
Dana is just as lost as her sister though, and in this issue, we see that her job and her quest to find Martha’s killer are taking her farther away from her own son. She is losing another of the only connections that ground her, and it sets up this great dynamic where both she and Martha are in a very similar place. Martha is trying to find something, and Dana is trying to hold on to what’s left of her “normal” life.
The farther I get into this series, the more it reminds me of Twin Peaks. Seeley and Norton are not afraid to let the story breathe, and there are no throwaway characters. The pace is methodical, and each issue begs to be reread, as there’s a reason for everything you see and read. Norton’s art is such a good fit for Seeley’s storytelling, and vice-versa. Revival is a shining example of how great comics can be when the creative team is in sync, and if you haven't jumped on board yet, you are missing out.
5 out of 5 Dana Cypress has the Same Initials as Dale Cooper and Her Son's Name is Cooper (Twin Peaks References!)