Comic Book Review: Revival Vol.3: A Faraway Place by Tim Seeley

Revival, Vol. 3: A Faraway PlaceGoodreads Synopsis

For one day in rural central Wisconsin, the dead came back to life. Now the living and the recently returned struggle to maintain a sense of normalcy amidst political and religious conflicts. Officer Dana Cypress is hot on the trail of a man she believes may have murdered her sister Em, but Em herself is on a quest through the snowy woods to find the strange glowing creature that haunts a child.

Collects REVIVAL #12-17.

The people of Wausau, Wisconsin have gotten used to having the revivers walking around. Not all of them like it but some have decided to use these events to their advantage. A few are happy that they get to have another chance with their loved ones. Others…not so much. I reviewed volumes 1 and 2 of Revival, you can check them out here and here.

The story’s been expanded a bit more since vol.2. Turns out those glowy thingies are almost like souls that’s left the bodies and in order for these revivers to pass on and die like they were supposed to. Basically, their souls need to be reunited with their bodies.

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Out of all the characters, Em is still the one I’m most intrigued about. With there being so many POV’s it’s kinda hard to figure out what each person brings to the table exactly but it’s easy to tell that they’re all connected somehow. Dana seems to be caught at a crossroads because while her family is involved in what’s going on, she’s straddling the lines of right and almost wrong. She will have to choose soon. She can’t be both good cop and bad cop.

With the story being expanded even more, we’re getting deeper in and that’s opening up new doors for the plot. At the current moment, everyone’s a suspect but everyone’s also a victim. This is a messed up game of cat and mouse except no one knows who the mouse is or what he/she looks like.

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As I finished reading this comic, the only words that kept running through my head were: ‘The plot thickens!’ That’s exactly what happens. With every volume I read, I fall more and more in love with this story and it’ll be a sad day when it comes to an end.

There are so many things I want to know. So many questions that I have. These new players in the game…who are they and how are they involved exactly?

The writing once again was exceptional and the artwork was amazing as always. Tim and Mike haven’t disappointed me yet and I have faith that they might never do so. After finishing this volume I am so excited to start the next one.

Read: 24 June 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

Publication Date: 19 February 2014
Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Tim Seeley
Illustrators: Mike Norton | Mark Englert

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Book Review: Sex Criminals Vol.2: Two Worlds, One Cop by Matt Fraction

Sex Criminals, Vol. 2: Two Worlds, One CopGoodreads Synopsis

The second storyline from the Eisner Award winning Sex Criminals finds the honeymoon to be over for Jon and Suzie. Once the thrill of new lust fades, where do you go? Come along and laff and love with Matt and Chip as they brimp back ceaselessly against the past.

Collecting: Sex Criminals 6-10

Recap: Back in Volume 1, Suzie discovered that time stops whenever she orgasms. She thought she was alone until she met Jon. Turns out she wasn’t so alone after all. Because Suzie wanted to save the library, she and Jon concocted this scheme that wasn’t exactly legal- not legal at all actually- and that’s how they became literal sex criminals. See my review for Sex Criminals Vol. 1 here.

All caught up? Good. In Volume 2, Suzie and Jon have given up their illegal activities and work on finding ways to save the library without risking too much. Of course Kegelface won’t let them live their lives.

What’s different about this volume is that we look more into Jon’s life and see things from his perspective. He’s talked about his life a little in the first volume but seeing it from his POV…dude’s got a lot going on. We touch upon his mental illnesses and see how troubled he actually is. It’s actually kind of sad, all the things he has to go through and still seem like the one who brings the humour to the comic. It just goes to show how we don’t know what goes on in other people’s heads. We see what we choose to see.

The honeymoon phase is over and it’s time for Jon and Suzie to pull up their socks and face reality. With the Sex Police alway at the back of their minds, it seems that they can’t get a moment’s peace. Drastic measures have to be taken so that they don’t end up drawing the short straw.

As the story winds on, the POVs in the issues mold together and become one. Although I did like Jon’s POV more than I did Suzie’s. I liked this volume a lot more than the first one and I have no doubt in Matt Fraction’s writing so I definitely enjoyed the story as a whole.

Series were revealed and a new can of worms has been opened. We were left on a major cliffhanger at the end of this book and I need to know what happens next. Too much happened in this volume and I was at the edge of my seat the entire time. I’m itching to start Volume 3 as soon as possible.

Read: 27 April 2017
Rating: ★★★★

Publication Date: 25 February 2015
Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Matt Fraction
Illustrator: Chip Zdarsky

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Book Review: Revival Vol.2: Live Like You Mean It by Tim Seeley

Revival, Vol. 2: Live Like You Mean It

Goodreads Synopsis

For one day in rural central Wisconsin, the dead came back to life. Now, the living and the recently-returned struggle to maintain a sense of normalcy, amidst political and religious conflicts.

Collects REVIVAL #6-11.


I think it’s safe to say, right off the bat, that Vol.2 was so much better than Vol.1.

Not much went on in the first volume so there wasn’t much to say. It felt more like an introduction of characters and this volume expanded on them as well as on the story. I’ll be honest and say that I didn’t remember much from the first one and as I read more of Vol.2, more images came to mind.

There’s not much to say about the artwork that I haven’t said before. Since it was done by the same artist, my opinion is still the same. It’s really excellent work and I had a fun time admiring the pictures. I feel like I went through this comic a lot quicker (I didn’t) than I did the first one and I would’ve probably finished it on the same day if I didn’t get distracted. Back to the artwork, I really love how much detail was put in. This is a zombie-esque comic so one can expect there to be lots of dismembered body parts and occasional shooting and these scenes were so beautifully drawn, it’s hard to turn away from.

There was something different about this volume. I’m not exactly sure what it was but I felt more drawn in and I’m very eager to continue this series. I found myself getting annoyed at the smallest thing that distracted me because I felt that it took away from the enjoyment.

By the end of this volume, I found myself not really liking Dana. I was okay with her in volume 1 but something shifted for me in this one that I don’t much care for her. I definitely prefer Em and find that there are a lot of places where this can go with her. She doesn’t share much and seems pretty quiet most of the time but when she releases all that pent up energy…it’s a sight to see.

I like how with the way Seeley wrote this is that even though a character seems minor for the moment, they will show up again. Maybe something small they did that you didn’t think was too important ended up being part of something bigger later on.

I’m definitely addicted to this series now. Hopefully I can next the next volume ASAP.

See my review of Revival Vol.1 here.

Read: 5 April 2017
Rating: ★★★★

Publication Date: 17 July 2013
Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Tim Seeley
Illustrator: Mike Norton

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Book Review: Sex Criminals Vol.1: One Weird Trick by Matt Fraction

Sex Criminals, Vol. 1: One Weird Trick

Goodreads Synopsis

Suzie’s just a regular gal with an irregular gift: when she has sex, she stops time. One day she meets Jon and it turns out he has the same ability. And sooner or later they get around to using their gifts to do what we’d ALL do: rob a couple banks. A bawdy and brazen sex comedy for comics begins here!

By Matt Fraction (Satellite Sam, Hawkeye) and Chip Zdarsky (Prison Funnies, Monster Cops).

Named one of Time Magazine’s top 10 graphic novels for 2013.

Collects SEX CRIMINALS #1-5

Orgasm charged criminals anyone? Well, alrighty then.

After she experiences her first orgasm, Suzie discovers that time stops and is freaked out because what? And then finds out that yes, that is weird and no, that certainly doesn’t happen to everyone. She experiments further with this new ability of hers and uses ‘The Quiet’ to get away from the world’s problems.

Years later, she meets Jon and after a night together, she discovers that he has the same ability as her. He calls it ‘Cumworld’- I had to laugh at this- and uses that time to get away with things you wouldn’t usually be able to.

Together these two team up and plan to save the library. Did I mention that Suzie is a book lover? She doesn’t always read the books, she just can’t see them being destroyed. So we have the ‘Save Our Library’ campaign and we see Jon and Suzie being hunted down by the Time Police in the process. A great adventure, really.

Characters: I really liked Suzie’s characters. She was funny and witty and had an amazing ‘I don’t care’ attitude about her.

Jon was carefree, which was great but he was also a bit of a bad influence.

Likes: I loved the concept of this comic, as weird as it was. I liked that this had a fast and addicting pace.

Overall Thoughts: I’m in love with this comic! I loved the writing, some fourth wall breaking going on there and the art was amazing. Especially the light shows while they’re in The Quiet. I can’t wait to start the next one.

Book Review: Revival Vol.1: You’re Among Friends by Tim Seeley

Revival, Vol. 1: You're Among Friends

Goodreads Synopsis

Subtitle to the book is “A rural noir by Tim Seeley + Mike Norton”

For one day in rural central Wisconsin, the dead came back to life. Now it’s up to Officer Dana Cypress to deal with the media scrutiny, religious zealots, and government quarantine that has come with them. In a town where the living have to learn to deal with those who are supposed to be dead, Officer Cypress must solve a brutal murder, and everyone, alive or undead, is a suspect. The sell-out hit series created by NYT Bestselling author TIM SEELEY and Eisner winning artist MIKE NORTON is collected with bonus material!

Collects REVIVAL 1-5 and the FREE COMIC BOOK DAY short story

In a real town in Wisconsin, people found that the dead were coming back to life. No one knows how it happens or what brought it on but people walking around that are not supposed to obviously raised a few eyebrows and alerted the attention of the media.

The thing that’s different about this book is that these people are not your average zombies. I don’t think we can even call them that. They’re alive, they’re ‘operational’. They seem normal. Dana Cypress, a police officer has to deal with a murder investigation an everyone’s a suspect. She tries not to,look to the undead immediately but when the whole town is under quarantine because of them, it’d be human nature to blame the problem…on the problem.

Characters: Dana is a cop, daughter of the police chief and more involved in this situation than she thinks. She’s a mother and can be a real BAMF. We don’t know much about her in this first volume but what I did manage to learn, didn’t make me dislike her.

Em, short for Martha is Dana’s younger sister who seems to have stuck a rebellious phase in her life. She’s also a BAMF but there are so many many secrets surrounding her. Secrets, secrets, secrets.

Likes: The characters were great. Apart from Dana and Em, we were introduced to a few more who may or may not be important to the story. The writing was superb and that along with the art style made for an addictive read. I loved the plot and I found this book to be extremely fast paced.

Overall Thoughts: As ‘big’ as this first volume was, it didn’t tell us much. It was one of those ‘if you want to know more, get the next book to find out.’ I loved the way this book was thought out. I can’t wait to read Volume 2.

Read: 22 June 2016
Rating: ★★★★★

Publication Date: 12 December 2012
Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Tim Seeley
Illustrators: Mike Norton | Mark Englert

Book Review: The Walking Dead Vol.3: Safety Behind Bars by Robert Kirkman

The Walking Dead, Vol. 03: Safety Behind Bars

Goodreads Synopsis

An epidemic of apocalyptic proportions has swept the globe, causing the dead to rise and feed on the living. In a matter of months, society has crumbled: there is no government, no grocery stores, no mail delivery, no cable TV. In a world ruled by the dead, we are forced to finally begin living. This volume follows our band of survivors as they set up a permanent camp inside a prison. Relationships change, characters die, and our team of survivors learn there’s something far more deadly than zombies out there: each other.

As it’s clear by the title, the gang find the prison and think of it as a safe haven for a while. Rick has become the ‘Alpha’ of the pack so to speak, and not everyone is totally happy about that.

In Miles Behind Us, there were people who were still hopelessly in denial of the situation and while there were a few loose ends in this comic as well, that gets sorted out pretty quickly.

Okay, so in Safety Behind Bars, the gang discover the prison along with a whole lot of ‘zombies’- that what they’re calling the undead now. The only problem is, the zombies aren’t the only thing camping out in the prison.

More people are introduced and Rick believes in ‘safety in numbers’ so this is a blessing in disguise in his eyes. I think we learn in this comic not to judge a book by its cover and it’s alway the quiet ones.

Characters: Rick/Lori/Carl- Rick’s Alpha attitude gets annoying but someone needs to0 keep their head and times like these. Lori’s pregnancy hormones are insane. For a while I forgot that she was pregnant and just thought she was going off at everyone for no apparent reason. Where Carl is concerned, I’m really interested in seeing how this life affects him from a child’s point of view.

The ‘Camp’ gang: It’s understandable that some would wish to go off on their own. Denial isn’t just a river in Egypt after all. Trust no one. Everyone’s the enemy until some kind of trust can be gained.

Hershal’s group: I’m glad these characters come back. I’d honestly forgotten about them at the beginning of the comic- no lie.

Likes: I loved where this story’s growing. I feel like the way it’s being done makes it so that it could go anywhere. Once again ignoring my knowledge of the TV Show, everything is so unpredictable.

Overall Thoughts: This comic series just keeps getting better with every volume. As always, the writing was amazing as well as the artwork. Where the art is concerned, I felt that more detail was put in this time because there was so many new things to capture. There was a lot more action in this comic than the previous two. The gang’s really starting to get a grip in this new world. I think they’ve realised that you either fight or you die. There’s no more ‘killers’ and ‘murderers’ because whether they like it or not, sooner or later, everyone becomes a killer. I can’t wait to pick up Volume 4.

Read: 25 May 2016
Rating: ★★★★

Publication Date: 18 May 2005
Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Robert Kirkman
Illustrator: Charlie Adlard


The Wicked + The Divine Vol.1: The Faust Act by Kieron Gillen

23093359Goodreads Synopsis

Every ninety years, twelve gods incarnate as humans. They are loved. They are hated. In two years, they are dead. The team behind critical tongue-attractors like Young Avengers and PHONOGRAM reunite to create a world where gods are the ultimate pop stars and pop stars are the ultimate gods. But remember: just because you’re immortal, doesn’t mean you’re going to live forever. Collects THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #1-5

This was a totally random read for me. I found the synopsis intriguing so I thought I’d look a bit more deeply into it. Let’s just say that I’m glad I did because I loved this!

I knew nothing except what the synopsis told me and I’d heard that it was quite good. A few pages in and I was already impressed. The artwork in this book was amazing. It was so clear and colourful. Like watching a movie in high definition.

So after every ninety years, these gods come back and then they’re dead in two years. That’s what I took from this. That’s what drew me to this story. All of this is from a fangirl’s point of view and I honestly think this was great because come on, fans are geniuses when it comes to their idols/role models or whatever.

We don’t meet all of the gods but we hear of them. Lucifer is the main focus and basically the only one I followed because it’s Lucifer. There wasn’t much of a back story into the character’s lives but that’s okay for me since this was only the first volume. There’s a lot of potential in this as I could see.

I think this is the fasted I’ve ever gone through a volume before, and I took a nap in between. I loved this. The writing, the artwork, the plot, everything about it makes me want more. I can’t wait to get started on the second volume.

Read: 4 March 2016
Rating: ★★★★1/2

Publication Date: 12 November 2014
Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Kieron Gillen
Illustrators: Jamie McKelvie | Matt Wilson