The return of Green Wake! But does the new issue hold up to the strength of previous issues?
Credits & Solicit Info:
Writer: Kurtis Wiebe
Artist: Riley Rossmo
The next chapter of the critically acclaimed saga returns and the face of Green Wake has been forever changed. A new threat to the once-quiet shores surfaces when rowboats wash ashore with nothing but fresh blood as a passenger, and a new arrival begins a campaign to unite Green Wake's inhabitants with unknown purpose.
"Nothing is what it seems" we are told in Green Wake after getting accustomed to this strange town yet again. When last in Green Wake, we were uncovering just how this place works and just how we stumbled upon and escape from this usually inescapable place - where mystery and strange horror rears its beautifully ugly head in nearly every corner. Like the reader, protagonist Mack returns to Green Wake and much to his surprise, things have changed. Snow has been falling and there seems to be a new cult around, lead by the unusually friendly Micah. He is questioned by various characters as to how he escaped and why he's returned, and we're introduced to an entirely new cast. Based on this issue, we seem to be getting ready for more of an ensemble cast than just Mack and his partner, Krieger. Children have also seemed to arrive to Green Wake, getting involved in the story. From what I gather we've yet to see any sort of children in Green Wake, so color me scared for these children or curious about what they'll be capable of themselves.
Opening to a new arc and story, more questions arise and the mystery surrounding Green Wake continues. Kurtis Wiebe does a good job getting us back into this strange world that we grew accustomed to the previous five issues while also allowing new readers to jump in. It may be confusing to some new readers, but old readers will be hooked because they're alreayd used to being confused and taken on a wild ride. We also learn some backstory on Mack and Krieger, particularly focusing on timeline and just how bizarre and scary this town of horror is.
As always, the art is masterful and seeps into the cracks of the writing. Like the writing, this is a return to form. The pages are moody and atmospheric; shadows and snow have never looked so good. Riley Rossmo is well-known for his scratchy style, and you either get it or don't. Some people may deem it messy, but therein lies the beauty where Rossmo can make chaos look gorgeous. Also props to him for being able to really bring a character to life, giving them their own personality just through art: their own style, stance, figure, ticks, etc. This is a skill Rossmo has demonstrated since Proof and it's something that readers tends to pass over at times.
Green Wake #6 is an even stronger opener than #1 of the series. While things are unclear and we may get lost, we're pulled in and intrigued as to how things will develop for these characters and just what more underlying dirt lies among the secrets and mystery of Green Wake. Nothing is what it seems in this town and therein lies the horror and intrigue to keep the audience coming back. If you're not reading Green Wake, you're missing out on storytelling gold.
Review by: GregDAE