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