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The Wake Paperback – June 16, 2015
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"The Wake is as close to an ideal comic book as I've come across. The text and visuals come together in an unsettling sort of harmony, while the tightly paced plot is guaranteed to pull you under."—IGN
Praise for Scott Snyder's BATMAN VOL. 1: THE COURT OF OWLS:
"A+. The hero's got personality (and is unafraid to release a quip as sharp as a Batarang), a horde of supervillains, gumption to spare and a whole host of high-tech gadgetry to suitably impress longtime fans and those new to the Dark Knight."—USA TODAY
Praise for Sean Murphy's PUNK ROCK JESUS:
"Amazing. The series has been incredible right from the beginning and it ends in a spectacular fashion. It's brilliant and heartbreaking, epic and emotional.... This is book that makes you think.... Don't miss one of the best series of 2012."—IGN
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The Wake essentially tells two stories. One story takes place in present time and the other story takes place 200 years later. Both stories (and their protagonists) are profoundly linked to each other in several ways; most notably through the Mers, a mysterious species of aquatic creatures.
Overall it's pretty intriguing and intense. The first half of the story reminded me of the movie The Abyss (one of my favorite movies of all time). If you liked The Abyss, you’ll like this story; same eerie under watery tone. The second half reminded me of the movie Waterworld (despite being a bad movie, Scott Snyder takes that similar concept and makes it way better).
Sean Murphy’s art is gritty and awesome, it really fits the tone of Scott Snyder's story especially in the second half. Scott Snyder is currently one of my favorite comic book writers. I would recommend you pick this one up. It’s good.
Science Fiction serves as a commentary of the human condition. Authors use the genre as a catalyst in talking about human nature and how we can better improve ourselves and society. Snyder's conclusion to this epic, although not quite satisfying, aims to say a lot about life and who we are. It ends with something not too dissimilar to what Marlin says to his son at the end of Finding Nemo, "Now go have an adventure!" Even so, deus ex machina is best served as a story plot and not an ending as it leaves your audience unsatisfied with feelings of betrayal. It's as though they've just been cheated out of a good story. The ending to a story is key to its success; it's half the battle.
Still you'll continue to ask me, "Is THE WAKE worth my read?" and I'll answer with a resounding "YES."
Make no mistake, THE WAKE's narrative is engaging, exciting and cinematic by nature; basing its structure on the hero's journey. So if you're going to read it, please read the collection as it'll give you the full experience you were meant to enjoy. It's fast paced and fascinating from book end to book end. Likewise, the characters are dynamic and complex creatures bringing you to levels empathy not often achieved in the genre. As far as visuals go, they don't get much better than this. The art of Murphy is only enhanced by Hollingsworth's colors and is, in my opinion, just what the doctor ordered to tell a Sci-Fi epic such as this.
On a personal note, I wish more comics were more like this. In the age of cinema, it's amazing what the paradigm can teach us.
The only flaw in this book is its puzzling ending. The conclusion will undoubtedly confuse you, as the "big reveal" is very poorly explained. However, once you do figure it out (I had to go to reddit myself), you'll once again be fascinated with this intriguing tale.
The writing has everything you could want, good dialog, interesting narrative, non-linear multi-generational story line, mythology, and plenty of action and mystery. Just excellent, excellent work.
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The art is energetic and on-point, smoothly telling the story and providing some truly frightening scenes.
The plot and dialogue are pretty entertaining. Sometimes the science was stretchy and hand-wavy, but not enough to throw me out of the story.
I'll be giving this a re-read.
I like the history, but i love much more the art. Sean Murphy is one of my favourite pencillers and The Wake is a good work. By the way Scott Snyder gives old school SciFi with a little thriller and intrigue.
It's a good comic but American Vampire, writed by the same writter, is more good than this one. Even so this series are so good and recommended :)
A primeira metade é esse suspense sub-aquático cheio de mistérios com uma pitada de terror e ação.
A segunda metade se passa duzentos anos depois dos eventos da primeira, mostrando um mundo apocalíptico onde a humanidade está lutando contra esses seres sereia. O final é bem confuso e não convence.
Je lui met 5/5 car la bd m'est arrivé totalement propre et nickel . Je remercie Amazon pour sa rapidité à livrer des oeuvres!