Comic Reviews: Revival Deluxe Edition & Through the Woods

March 17, 2015 4 stars, Book Review, Comics 6 ★★★★


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 New York Times Bestselling author Tim Seeley and Eisner-winning artist Mike Norton is collected in this oversized hardcover featuring Revival #1-11 and the Free Comic Book Day 2012 short story, plus many behind-the-scenes bonuses and other features.

COLLECTING: Revival #1-11


My Thoughts:
Mixed feelings about this one, but overall I don’t regret reading it. Definitely some interesting ideas going on.

It’s hard to go wrong with picking out something so overdone like zombies and transforming it into something else completely. This comic isn’t about zombies. This comic is about people who come back to life with the same memories and living qualities as before. They can get injured over and over, yet still live no matter how many times they “die”. Combine that with some criminal aspects and supernatural things like spirits or demons can make this seem like a great read.

However, the plot is that of watching a series of stories that collide to make little sense at all. So many questions on where these entities came from and why this happened…with very few answers if any. In fact, there are no answers. Not only that, but the scene changes the setting every other page, along with so many characters that I couldn’t care less to keep up with, and a story that honestly was so inconsistent that no fucks were given on my part.

Though I can’t complain about the awesome dialogue and the beautiful artwork. The only parts I truly enjoyed were the bloody bits and maybe that all balances it out a bit.

Stars: ★★★


Rat Queens

‘It came from the woods. Most strange things do.’

Five mysterious, spine-tingling stories follow journeys into (and out of?) the eerie abyss.

These chilling tales spring from the macabre imagination of acclaimed and award-winning comic creator Emily Carroll.

Come take a walk in the woods and see what awaits you there…

COLLECTING: A range of short comics

THROUGH THE WOODS by Emily Carroll

My Thoughts:
Think of this graphic novel as a bunch of horror tor short stories, which all end in some pretty awesome cliffhangers that are profoundly terrifying.

It’s hard to trip me up when it comes to scary stories and this was just one wicked read that I guarantee will have some parts freak your shit out. It’s so unusual and creepy that even if you don’t find it horrifying, you’ll still embrace it as a completely unique oddity to treasure over and over. The art. The stories. And the fact that there is no re-hashed plots involved here. IS DEFINITELY WORTH THE READ.

The tone is majestically dark and satisfying for anyone with the horror munchies.

Stars: ★★★★

6 Responses to “Comic Reviews: Revival Deluxe Edition & Through the Woods”

  1. Lege

    That moment when you read:
    “The only parts I truly enjoyed were the bloody bits..”
    …and realize that you are in the presence of kindred soul. 😛
    I agree, I had same problem with Revival – several questions and plot threads are opened and it’s like we are constantly on the brink of getting to the meat of it; where we’ll see the purpose and idea behind it, and it simply doesn’t happen.:\

    Hmm, now I am intrigued by Through the Woods. I wasn’t sure about anthology format…

    Great reviews, Kat! 🙂

  2. Diamond Dee @ Dee's Reads

    I have been seeing Through the Woods around, but haven’t read too many reviews in general on it. I actually don’t know anyone who read it—that I know of so I’m really glad you wrote a review! I didn’t know it was actually legit scary. That makes me even more excited to read it! I am definitely going to buy this soon. I think it’s a good book to have on my shelf, seems like the type you could reread?!
    Love graphic novel reviews. Keep ’em comin’ Kat! 😉

  3. Francene

    I’ve been looking to purchase Through the woods for our graphic novel collection here at work (I’m a librarian) but am not a huge horror fan. I’ve seen examples of her art though on the web and it’s amazing. Still debating.