The Wake #1 Review

The Wake #1 Review

Written By: Scott Snyder
Art by: Sean Murphy

It is finally here, the highly anticipated series The Wake. I want to first discuss how I think this is going to be a great team for this series. Snyder has a unique story here and his writing is fantastic as always, it is only that more intense with the awesome style of Murphy’s art. I am a fan of Murphy’s style but wasn’t sure how it would work with Snyder and the idea behind this series. The attention to detail in the artwork and the beautiful colors that Matt Hollingsworth provides proves that this is going to be a force to be reckoned with!

We get four chapters in this issue. A lot of times a first issue sets a lot of ground work and doesn’t really give you much or allow you to connect with the characters. Scott Snyder has a way about his writing that not only delivers plot wise but also allows our main character, Lee Archer, to have many dimensions that is someone we are going to root for. She has what seems like a troubled past with her son. (I should note that the book jumps around a lot time wise in the four “chapters”. She is a person who loves what she does and works hard at her job even though she was fired. Finally she is a woman who has a side to her that isn’t going to take anything from anyone.

With how the “timeline” is set up we know that the future does not look that bright. I do like that we got to see what it looks like currently in this world, and anything can happen since this is an independent series that has a beginning middle and end. We get to explore the sea in what seems like it is going to be a fun, dark journey with an excellent story and some beautiful art.

Positives:
+ Great protagonist
+ Beautiful Visuals
+ Story is set up, but does’t feel like a set up story

Negatives:
– Odd placement of the 10,000 years ago “Prologue”

Overall, Buy The Wake #1! Snyder is one of the best writers out there today so I suggest buying almost everything his name is on. This delivers and sets up what appears to be an awesome story going forward. Only issue I had is wanting the “Prologue” to maybe be placed earlier in the issue.

The Wake #1 gets a 6/7

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Josh Raj

Financial Analyst by day, DC Superhero by night! Fan of all things DC (Batman and Green Lantern). You can find me on Twitter: @joshraj9

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