If you didn’t already know, on Wednesdays (Aka New Comicbook Day) I work at Richmond Comix on Richmond’s South Side, where they are nice enough to give me a Pick of the Week! I post that pick on Instagram and Twitter, and then review that book/series here on Thursdays! Nick’s Pick this week is the 10 issue mini series from Vertigo, The Wake!
This book is written by Scott Snyder (Batman) and drawn by Sean Gordon Murphy (Joe the Barbarian/Punk Rock Jesus). Now Big names don’t always equal big excitement for these kinds of books, and maybe you passed this one by when it came out. It’s cool, everyone makes mistakes.
This book does alot of jumping around, but let’s start at the beginning. A group of professionals in varying fields including marine biology and even experts in lore and fairy tale! They’re gathered and brought to an underwater oil rig in the arctic circle by the department of homeland security, and among them is marine biologist Lee Archer. They’re they learn of a creature discovered by the crew there. An ancient creature. A Merman.
The first half of this story plays out like combination of Alien and Jaws as they discover this creature is incredibly deadly and they’ve under-estimated it. Beyond that, the creature is not the only one of its kind.
This is where things get crazy. The station goes nuts and then suddenly seemingly out of nowhere, the story completely changes as we’re thrust years into the future! Not knowing the fate of the station’s survivors, if there were any, This post-apocalyptic future resembles Water World mixed with Mad Max and Fallout. There is some real craziness going on! We follow a girl named Leeward and her pet dolphin as they are chased by government extremists and join up with pirates all on a mission to discover what happened to Lee Archer so long ago!
The art in this book is crazy awesome, which if you read Joe the Barbarian or Punk Rock Jesus (If you haven’t, do it now!!!) you knew to expect from Sean Gordon Murphy! Scott Snyder’s writing is like an homage to H.G. Wells and Jules Vern, and if you liked Batman: Court of Owls (Again if you haven’t you better get on it!) then this is something that also should peak your interests! The hard cover collection came out this week and this is an even better read all in one sitting, so I recommend to you to WAKE up and go out now and grab The Wake!!!
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