Comic Book / Revival

In Rothschild, Wisconsin, a small town surrounded by farms, people die sometimes. When they do, they sometimes come right back to life, just as if nothing had ever happened.

Some people handle it better than others.

Dana Cypress, a divorcee with a young son, is an officer in the Rothschild police department, and she's put in charge of policing the "Revivals," right as their existence is becoming national news. Now she gets to deal with the crimes that follow from the phenomenon, the media circus that erupts around it, and a series of increasingly violent murders committed by the revivals themselves.

Revival is a "rural noir" comic book published by Image Comics, written by Tim (Hack/Slash) Seeley and drawn by Mike Norton. It ran for 47 issues, from 2012 to 2017, as well as one crossover issue with Chew.

  • Anyone Can Die
  • Body Horror: The "revivals," as part of the deal, get a very strong healing factor and greater than normal strength, which restores them to health and awareness without changing anything about their physical appearance. The first "reviver" shown in the series is discovered yanking her teeth out with pliers, then discarding them onto the floor of a barn, only for the teeth to quickly regrow. A reviver introduced later in the series has become the star of his own series of extreme sports videos, going viral by virtue of his inability to die from failed stunts.
  • Came Back Wrong: A reviver remembers everything about his or her life, but some of them don't have the same emotional connections thereof. Several have picked up a really vicious tendency towards self-mutilation.
  • Healing Factor
  • Intrepid Reporter: May Tao, who's brought to Rothschild by contacts within its Hmong community.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Dana takes a short field trip to New York City at one point, in an attempt to track down a reviver who'd escaped the quarantine zone. When she finds him, he's decided to make money as an open buffet for experimental rich people, who hope to gain his immortality by eating his flesh. Unfortunately for them, the reviver's also poisoned the hell out of himself.
  • Ironic Echo: Before Martha comes back again, she's thrown in an open grave as one of the brothers say they wish that she'd ran, because it's more run that way. Guess what she says after she comes back and rips one brother's throat out?
    Martha: Run. It's more fun when you run.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: The crossover issue with Chew begins with Cooper drawing his own crossover comic combining Saga with Robot Chicken. When Martha questions how such a combination makes sense Cooper responds by invoking Rule of Cool and Rule of Fun.
  • Town with a Dark Secret: The dead coming back to life has a bad habit of bringing a lot of people's skeletons out of their closets.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?