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Credits & Solicit Info:
Green Wake #1
Writing: Kurtis J. Wiebe
Artist: Riley Rossmo
A riveting tale of loss and horror. In the forgotten town of Green Wake, a string of grisly mutilations leads Morley Mack on the trail of a young woman named Ariel, who is the prime suspect. But when a stranger with startling connections to Ariel arrives under mysterious circumstances, Morley unravels a dark plot with a shocking link to his past.
Life is all about the choices we make, but what happens when there's a place where you can run away from those choices? Finding out is just the beginning of the tale.
One of the few aspects of the human experience that can be seen as universally shared is the fact that we will all have to deal with making regretful choices in our lives, something that simply comes down to our lack of foresight. Without this gift, many of our choices come down to simple guesswork, and do not take into account that we can make mistakes in the process. Taking that into account, the best defense against this unfortunate fact of life is not prevention, but our ability to learn the lessons from those mistakes, something that some people do better than others. Beyond that, there's the choice of taking the road less traveled and deciding to start over, something that "Green Wake #1" explores in an ambitious manner. Sadly, this reviewer was left with the impression that this book fell just short of making the whole package equal the level of the concepts that this book explores.
Before anything else needs to be stated, the one thing that you'll remember about this comic is the atmosphere that it sets through the main theme it explores. From the first narration box that talks about the choices that a person makes throughout their life, the atmosphere is set for a comic that deals with those choices and creates a world that is the ultimate manifestation of running from those regretful choices. Through the writing and the art, "Green Wake" (which is also the name of the town) is not just a backdrop for the story, but is also a character. From the minute it is introduced to the closing moments of the comic, the need to find out more about the town and what allows the town to be such an ideal place to run away to is paramount. When you approach the closing scenes of the book, what happens in them is not a surprise at all. If what happens at that juncture becomes important in the future, it'll be quite fitting with what this book is trying to do.
The place where this issue falls short of greatness is the actual story itself. "Green Wake #1" starts off in a manner that grabs your curiosity and makes you want to turn the page, but then goes into a murder mystery that totally leaves you hanging on a scene you want to find out more about. Now this isn't to say that the murder mystery is a bad story, but the fact that it doesn't follow up on those first two pages is a bit of a letdown. It also doesn't help that the reader will more than likely need to adjust to the art style, as the visuals get in the way of character identification your first time out. Despite those flawed aspects, the story thread with one of the murder suspects was definitely quite compelling and added a welcome piece of characterization that makes you want to come back for more than the atmosphere. Maybe these issues won't matter in four months, but they mattered in the 25 pages that I read of this story.
When you get right down to it," Green Wake "is an amazingly ambitious comic, with a lot of potential to become one of the memorable storylines of 2011. The seeds are planted for a multi-layered tale that can be explored on so many different levels, giving it the kind of weight that I wish more comics had nowadays. Despite the minor issues that I had with the story structure, this is the kind of book that shows how versatile this medium can really be, and I would love to see more books take the chances this book did. It may not be for everybody, but if you're looking for something a little bit different, than you can do a lot worse than this title.
Review by: Linwood Earl Knight
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