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Revival #1 Seeley and Norton’s Surburban Noir Comic Shows Promise

Revival #1

Story By: Tim Seeley

Art By: Mike Norton

Tim Seeley and Mike Norton’s Revival is an interesting take on small Suburban life. The issue starts with a creative writing exercise by one of the main characters of the story. Thats followed by a Zorse (yes you read that right Zebra + Horse equals Zorse) that gallops out of a forest spewing blood from its mouth as it finally falls over and the ground work has been laid that something bad is on its way towards Wisconsin. The main focus this issue is on Dana. She works along her father as a police officer and has an estranged relationship with her younger sister. Seeley injects a lot of humor and character into Dana immediately as she gets ready for work and calls out to her son. That sequence is the first bit of weird that’s injected into the issue.

We follow Dana to Police Headquarters and learn that there was an Event called Revival Day that happened a while back. The Revival Day has given random people the ability to live on after Death. This has caused a religious and cultural uproar in Wisconsin and all across America. Dana’s father puts her in charge of the new task force overseeing Revival Cases and sends Dana on her first case. Which you may have guessed involves that Zorse I spoke of earlier.

Mike Norton’s art gets progressively better as the issue unfolds and overall is a very good fit for the book. He gives his characters a large array of emotions and when the script calls for something gruesome or picks up in action he manages to handle anything thrown his way. There is a particular sequence at the end of the issue that will have you cringing. All the while excited to read on to see how the rest of the scene plays out. His layouts are fun and never get messy or confusing as the story unfolds.

Two thirds through this issue I liked what I was reading and then Seeley throws a curve ball my way that instantly got me to love it. He manages to grab you until the end of the issue and never let’s go. As I said earlier there are some truly frightening scenes as well as a shocking ending that justifies wanting to pick up the next issue nicely. This Wednesday go and check out Revival its a book with small beginnings that I believe may lead to one hell of a fun ride for issues to come.

Review Score: 8/10

Mike DeVivo

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Marvel’s 30-seconds on ABC’s The View = Gay Batman & Robin – Really?!

Whoopi Goldberg made the announcement about Norhstar’s proposal to Kyle from Marvel Comics Astonishing X-Men #50 on the View Tuesday morning. Here is the 30-second video and bad Batman and Robin humor by Joy Behar. On one hand Goldberg is defending gay marriage and comic books and then Behar makes a cheap gay Batman & Robin joke. You feel that you’re making ground and then you realize how far you still need to go.

Grim Leaper #1 – Review

Issue: Grim Leaper #1
Writer: Kurtis Wiebe
Artist: Aluisio Santos
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: May 2012
Price: $3.50

“A brand new series from the mind of critically acclaimed writer KURTIS J. WIEBE (GREEN WAKE, PETER PANZERFAUST), GRIM LEAPER is a gory romantic comedy. Lou Collins is caught in a cyclical curse of violent, gruesome deaths and new beginnings in the bodies of strangers. With no clue why, Lou desperately searches for a way to break the curse and cross over peacefully to the other side. Then equally doomed Ella comes along. It’s a love story to die for.”

Dying Breath: 4.5 out of 5
WHOA! Did you see that decapitation! In a series that I expect to be filled with tons of GORE-Geous images, Grim Leaper #1 does not disappoint. The artwork by Santos is jaw dropping from panel to panel. I absolutely love the way he uses perspective in such unique ways. The curves of roads play into the odd setting that the story takes place, and gruesome deaths can be found throughout. Story wise, Wiebe has delivered yet again. Mixing in elements of horror and romance sprinkled with some great humor, this story has it all. I love the concept and how it is playing out. I won’t spoil anything, but find that I can not wait to see if this will work out for the main characters. Beauty is really in one’s personality and this series is out to prove it. A fantastic first issue that only makes me crave more and more.

Artwork: 4.5 out of 5Story: 4.5 out of 5

If you would like to buy or know more about Grim Leaper you can find it at http://www.imagecomics.com

Review: Deadpool #51 – A “Make-Believe” Gang War

Deadpool #51
Writer: Daniel Way
Art: Ale Garza, Sean Parsons [Inker], Dommo Sanchez Amara [Colorist]

Deadpool’s elaborate game of chess–a game he doesn’t really know how to play–keeps getting weirder and more out of control as his quest for death continues.

You see, Wade found out that there was a serum capable of negating his healing factor and allowing him to die, so he enlisted the help of his X-Force teammates to help him find it.  To do so, he convinced them that the Kingpin had it.  Meanwhile, he had his friend HYDRA Bob tell the Kingpin about the serum, which of course led to the Kingpin sending his agent Typhoid Mary and the ninjas of the Hand to find it.  Unbeknownst to anyone else, Deadpool also told Wolverine’s son, Daken, about the serum, causing Daken to go out looking for it for his own reasons.

Meanwhile, nobody realizes that Tombstone, fresh out of prison, had the serum made so he could get revenge on Deadpool for putting him there in the first place.

Of course, with X-Force gunning for the Kingpin and Kingpin sending his henchmen to find the serum, the two factions are bound to collide, and the issue opens with a fight that includes a beautiful sequence of Wolverine and Typhoid Mary plummeting from the side of an apartment building.

Of course, having a brawl like this in the middle of New York City is undoubtedly going to attract some unwanted attention from other hero types (keep in mind here that X-Force is supposed to remain a secret), so Deadpool covers their tracks the following day by initiating a “make-believe gang war.”  What he doesn’t account for is that Kingpin and Tombstone would be in contact with one another, or that Daken would figure out that Tombstone had the formula, which is sure to set up the type of shameful disaster that Wade is all too familiar with being a part of.

Overall, this issue maintains the pace of the last one while adding even more layers to the story.  After 51 issues, I’m still amazed that Daniel Way has maintained the level of consistency that he has on this book.  Especially notable are the exchange between Deadpool and Wolverine following Deadpool’s provocation of the gang war, and the interplay between Kingpin and Tombstone once they begin to catch on to what’s happening.  The fact that you can tell Way enjoys what he does makes reading Deadpool that much more enjoyable.  The switch in artists from Carlo Barberi to Ale Garza is somewhat noticeable, but not distracting, as the art still possesses a similar flow and overall style.

If you haven’t checked out the first part of this story in #50, go ahead and pick up both issues.  This is shaping up to be one of the best arcs in the series.

STORY: 9/10
ART: 9/10