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Review: 'The Wake' #2

Written by Jeremy Shane on Wednesday, June 26 2013 and posted in Reviews

Review: 'The Wake' #2

Vertigo still the best thing DC has to offer, despite attempts to diminish the line.


Writer: Scott Snyder
Artist: Sean Murphy
Color: Matt Hollingworth
Letters: Jared K. Fletcher
Cover: Sean Murphy & Jordie Bellaire
Vertigo/DC Comics







Snyder and Murphy took us deep into the ocean with the debut issue of The Wake last month and revealed a strange creature discovered by the government.  The story brought experts from various fields together, which created an interesting assortment of characters trapped together at the bottom of the ocean. 

In the latest issue, prologues and epilogues offer clues to the larger story, the main story following Dr. Archer as she digs for answers.  The readers, and experts, finally get a little taste of truth from the suit that dragged them all together.  We find out how this creature was captured and get a couple of theories from the experts for its possible origin.  Snyder does a great job weaving explanations of myths and science together here.

As the issue closes in on the final pages, we get more teases and less explanation when we see there may be more to the creature than what everyone suspects.  The final page leaves us with a serious event that may be vision, hallucination, or reality.

Sean Murphy's art is a perfect fit for this mini-series.  He handles both massive events and intimate moments expertly.  Murphy's design for the creature is amazing, yet realistic, and with his use of blank space and shadow, he creates a very lonely atmosphere at the bottom of the ocean.

We are only two issues in so far, but Snyder and Murphy have shown why Vertigo is one of the best things about DC Comics.  Even though this is a mini-series, between the pacing and teases, this book is definitely worth buying monthly and offers a solid story each issue.  With the second issue out today, it's not too late to dive in and pick up the first two issues.




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About the Author - Jeremy Shane

Jeremy was born in a small mountain village of a strange foreign land called Weystvurginea.  Banishment for liberal views saw him spend years wondering the east coast until he decided to bike to California.  When he saw how long a trip it was, he drove instead.  Now he's living it up in a low humidity climate, sometimes working on his photography and when not, he writes for us covering books (by way of his blog: Reading Realms), gaming, tv, movies, comics, conventions in the SoCal area, and creates a weekly webcomic: A Journey Through Skyrim.  If you look for him offline, start in the L.A. area; online start at: for his profile and all the social networks he's on... or just follow him on twitter, he seems to be on there a lot: @jeremyshane.


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