A Spooky, Gruesome Horror Comic That Will Keep You Guessing

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Feb. 1 2013 11:06 PM

The Town Where the Dead Came Back to Life

Revival cartoonist Mike Norton illustrates the February Slate Book Review.

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Two panels from Revival.

Courtesy of Image Comics and Mike Norton

One cold winter day in Wausau, Wis., the dead come back to life. Dana Cypress, a police officer, now is faced with a murder mystery in a town where victims don’t stay dead—and where the dead must be considered suspects. Her father is the police chief. The guy she’s hooking up with is from the FBI. And her ne’er-do-well sister has secrets of her own.

Tim Seeley and Mike Norton’s ongoing comics series Revival is a chilling “rural noir”—a supernatural saga grounded in the economic and familial realities of small-town life. Norton’s art is wonderfully specific and evocative of the rural Midwest—and often shockingly gruesome. It makes for a vivid, exciting horror/mystery hybrid that has me eager to see what happens next. We’re pleased to have Mike Norton illustrating the February issue of the Slate Book Review.

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Revival by Tim Seeley and Mike Norton. Image.

Dan Kois is Slate's culture editor and a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine.

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