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Geekeryviews: Green Wake #2

Written by Martin John on Tuesday, May 17 2011 and posted in Reviews

Green Wake will amuse you and then attack you.

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GREEN WAKE #2 (of 5)
$ 3.50
Green Wake claims another mutilated victim and the disfigured body leaves little evidence behind. The secrets of this sleepy town begin to creep through the blood-filled cracks when Morley Mack confronts one of its oldest residents. Is the key to stopping another macabre murder in the hands of an insane recluse?
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Green Wake is an interesting little beast. Part murder mystery, part supernatural horror, there is no comic quite like it on the stands. From cover to cover it bleeds pulp, complete with bowler hats, model-T Fords, and garter belts on full display, drawn gorgeously by Riley Rossmo. For those of you who didn't get to issue one, the story goes like this: Morley and Krieger are residents of Green Wake, a town where all the residents have found themselves residing in without knowing how they got there, and looking for a murderer who happens to be the ex-girlfriend of new resident Carl.

Kurtis Wiebe thickens the plot, adding to Morley's mysterious back story by suggesting that his relationship with the woman that he seems to have accidentally murdered, Anna, was illicit in nature. The moment Morley's inner monologue over flashback switches to present day and the caption "Finger cut open vertically. Bones pulled through the flesh", you know that Wiebe isn't pulling any punches. Follow up this murder investigation with a brutal kicking and one of the strangest bathing scenes I have ever seen, and you get some very intriguing storytelling. Wiebe may encounter problems if some of his story elements remain too vague and too mysterious. There are moments when the story leaves you questioning and floating without answers, but I tend to dismiss my confusion and remain curious this early in the game, hoping that answers will be delivered before my patience runs out.

I enjoyed Rossmo's artwork so much more on this title then I did on Cowboy, Ninja, Viking, partially because his coloring is so much more subdued in this title, and his style suits the story perfectly. Warm greens and rusty browns dominate his color palette with cherry and burgundy red filling it out, accenting Rossmo's sketchy style almost perfectly. There are haunting pages included in Green Wake and I have to credit Rossmo with not always going for the cheap thrill, his horror images are the ones that stick with you hours after reading them. Check out the pages of Morley's hallucination, the Senator's snack after a bath and the final splash to understand what I am talking about.

Green Wake is pleasantly confusing, a little beast that I'm going to keep my eye on. Judging from the first two issues I will enjoy the way that this beast dances, it will make me laugh and clap and then proceed to tear out my eyes and devour them. Buy it.

Review by: Martin John

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