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The Wake # 1, 2 3 - Scott Snyder Sean Murphy

Written by Arion on Saturday, September 14 2013 and posted in Blog
The Wake # 1, 2 3 - Scott Snyder Sean Murphy
The Wake # 1, 2 3 - Scott Snyder Sean Murphy

We know the surface world, but the depths of the ocean remain unexplored. Who knows what dark creatures may be hidden down there? Marine biologist Lee Archer has devoted her career to investigate subaquatic life. And now she must travel to the Arctic Circle to conduct an important research. There she meets a group of scientists and scholars who have been recruited, just like her, by the Department of Homeland Security of the United States. What could possibly be considered a threat to national security? What’s all the secrecy about?

Perhaps we’ve all enjoyed reading about mysteries, arcane secrets and ancient legends. But what would happen if some of those myths were true? What would happen if a monstrous humanoid creature were found in the depths of the ocean? Lee Archer finds a subaquatic monstrosity, slightly similar to a mermaid, who has already mutilated a man.

Scott Snyder combines scientific facts about human and animal biology with our never-ending fascination towards unknown species. In only a handful of pages, Snyder creates suspense, and scratches the surface of fear aggressively. The message is clear: we’re not alone in this planet; we aren’t the only intelligent species on Earth. 

And intelligence means to find a solution to a problem. For instance, escaping from a trap. And so this aquatic creature breaks free. And releases a neurotoxin that befuddles people’s minds. Unlike other horror stories, this ‘monster’ is not only a destructive beast, it has more than enough brainpower to subdue the entire station. 

Lee Archer has a very vivid hallucination in which she thinks she’s seeing her son, but in reality she’s about to be attacked by the creature. She’s saved in the proverbial nick of time, but others are less fortunate. 

As most people can’t react in time to the neurotoxin and find themselves trapped in a dream that feels stronger than reality. And it is in those moments that the creature devours them.

I have submerged myself into the bottom of the sea with the protagonists of “The Wake”. There is something fascinating about exploring territories that no one has seen before. Although water covers most of the Earth’s surface, we’ve barely started exploring the oceanic chasms. With a captivating narrative, Snyder recovers the mystery of the sea.

Of course, “The Wake” wouldn’t have been as impressive without Sean Murphy. If I made a list of young and/or new artists and had to choose only one as the best that would be Sean. His incredible talent and his unrivaled visual energy help him transform every one of his comic book projects into a ‘must have’. 

I’ve been following Sean’s work since “Joe the Barbarian” and “Punk Rock Jesus”, and I always discover something new in his penciling and inking techniques. Fluid, rich and complex, Sean Murphy is the ideal illustrator of “The Wake”. He has created some truly fascinating designs, and his underwater monsters are more real and frightening than anything else on the stands. 

Matt Hollingsworth, one of the best colorists of the industry, adds a special chromatic texture to Sean’s lines, applying color in small blots, generating the illusion of watching something painted with a mixture of crayons and oleo. The solid tones and the lack of artificial separations or effects (quite common in today’s comic books) create a unique and unforgettable atmosphere.
The Wake # 1, 2 3 - Scott Snyder Sean Murphy
the creature / la criatura

With only 3 issues, The Wake has confirmed itself as the best Vertigo miniseries and one of the most promising new titles of 2013.
The Wake # 1, 2 3 - Scott Snyder Sean Murphy
did the cavemen fight against an unknown species? / ¿los cavernícolas lucharon contra una especia desconocida?

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The Wake # 1, 2 3 - Scott Snyder Sean Murphy
Why hundreds of different civilizations described mermaids? /
¿por qué cientos de civilizaciones describieron sirenas?

Conocemos la superficie del mundo, pero las profundidades del océano permanecen inexploradas. ¿Quién sabe qué oscuras criaturas pueden esconderse allá abajo? La bióloga marina Lee Archer ha dedicado su carrera a investigar la vida subacuática. Y ahora debe viajar al Círculo Ártico para dirigir una importante investigación. Allí conoce a un grupo de científicos e intelectuales que han sido reclutados, al igual que ella, por el Departamento de Seguridad de los Estados Unidos. ¿Qué es lo que podría ser considerado como una amenaza a la seguridad nacional? ¿Por qué hay tantos secretos de por medio?

Tal vez todos hemos disfrutado leyendo sobre misterios, secretos arcanos y leyendas antiguas. Pero, ¿qué pasaría si algunos de estos mitos fueran verdad? ¿Qué sucedería si una monstruosa criatura humanoide fuese encontrada en las profundidades del océano? Lee Archer encuentra una monstruosidad subacuática, ligeramente similar a una sirena, que ya ha mutilado a un hombre.

Scott Snyder combina hechos científicos sobre la biología humana y animal con nuestra incesante fascinación hacia las especies desconocidas. En sólo un puñado de páginas, Snyder crea suspenso, y araña la superficie del miedo agresivamente. El mensaje es claro: no estamos solos en este planeta; no somos la única especie inteligente en la Tierra. 

The Wake # 1, 2 3 - Scott Snyder Sean Murphy
Not even your private thoughts are immune to the neurotoxin / ni siquiera tus pensamientos íntimos son imunes a la neurotoxina
Y la inteligencia significa encontrar la solución de un problema. Por ejemplo, escapar de una trampa. Así que esta criatura acuática se libera. Y suelta una neurotoxina que confunde la mente de las personas. A diferencia de otras historias de terror, este ‘monstruo’ no sólo es una bestia destructiva, tiene suficiente cerebro para subyugar a toda la estación. 

Lee Archer tiene una alucinación muy vívida en la que cree ver a su hijo, pero en realidad está a punto de ser atacada por la criatura. Se salva con las justas, pero otros no son tan afortunados. 

La mayoría de las personas no puede reaccionar a tiempo a la neurotoxina y son atrapados en un sueño que parece más fuerte que la realidad. Y es en estos momentos en los que la criatura los devora.
The Wake # 1, 2 3 - Scott Snyder Sean Murphy
the creature breaks free / la criatura se libera

Me he sumergido en lo más hondo del mar con los protagonistas de “The Wake”. Hay algo fascinante sobre la exploración de territorios que nadie ha visto antes. Aunque el agua cubra la mayor parte de la superficie terrestre, apenas hemos empezado a explorar los abismos oceánicos. Con una narrativa cautivadora, Snyder recupera el misterio del mar.

Por supuesto, “The Wake” no sería tan impresionante sin Sean Murphy. Si hiciera una lista de artistas jóvenes y/o nuevos y tuviese que elegir al mejor, ese sería Sean. Su increíble talento y su incomparable energía visual lo ayudan a transformar todos sus proyectos de cómics en títulos de 'lectura obligatoria'.

He estado siguiendo el trabajo de Sean desde “Joe the Barbarian” y “Punk Rock Jesus”, y siempre descubro algo nuevo en sus lápices, en su técnica de entintado. Fluido, rico y complejo, Sean Murphy es el ilustrador ideal de “The Wake”. Ha creado algunos diseños verdaderamente fascinantes, y sus monstruos acuáticos son más reales y terroríficos que los de cualquier otro cómic. 

Matt Hollingsworth, uno de los mejores coloristas de la industria, añade una textura cromática especial a las líneas de Sean, aplicando color en pequeños grumos, generando la ilusión de ver algo pintado con una mezcla de crayolas y óleo. Los tonos sólidos y la ausencia de separaciones artificiales o efectos (bastante comunes en los cómics de hoy en día) crean una atmósfera única e inolvidable.
Con sólo 3 números, "The Wake" se confirma como la mejor miniserie de Vertigo y uno de los títulos nuevos más prometedores del 2013.

Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/09/the-wake-1-2-3-scott-snyder-sean-murphy.html


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