I have been saying that Sean Murphy’s art on this book gets better and better with every issue. I am at the point where I must be forgetting what the previous issue looks like or Sean Murphy has become head of the class because I’m going to say again that Sean Murphy’s art has never looked better. He does not hook me with this art, he ties rocks to my ankles and drowns me in this art. I am at the bottom of the ocean completely engulfed by the story and I don’t even remember what it is like to be back on the surface. Okay perhaps that was an over exaggeration and I am a little two excited about this book. Or perhaps it is just that good. Either way you look at it when I get into the pages of The Wake nothing else matters. When I am in the pages there are no other comics, there is only Snyder, there is only Murphy and there is only The Wake.
First thing I noticed when opening up this book was the colors. The purples and blues of this issue are beautiful. My favorite panel of the book is the very second panel. It is a shot of Leeward as a child. She is wearing a purple hat with her blue hair sticking out and her blue eyes popping. Her tanned complexion against the purple background really make the hair and the eyes pop off the page. I caught myself just staring her right back in the eyes before moving on. These are the moments that make comics superior to novels. You do not get this type of moment while reading a novel. Don’t get me wrong you still get emotional reactions but in a novel a description of Leeward’s eyes would be given in great detail and you may be able to picture it but you will never be able to stare into those eyes and feel those eyes staring back at you. This is why I read comics, magic is created when combining my favorite writer and art that speaks without words.
What was the issue about you might be asking? Well I will say this, the big mother fucker is back and he does some serious damage. All of those doubters out there who just can’t comprehend the enormity of this monster should not drop off just because of it. I am not sure if Synder provides an explanation or not of the big guy, but he does at least create a “What the fuck?” reaction in the final pages that will get your mind spinning about it.
I consider this series not a sci-fi horror but a horror sci-fi. The first half of this series was horror heavy with a touch of sci-fi and the second half so far is more sci-fi heavy with a touch of horror. Hence the horror sci-fi declaration. Every time I think I know where this book is going Snyder throws in a crazy final page. I honestly have absolutely no idea where the next issue will take me and that is not only exciting but also refreshing. I can’t wait for the next issue.
Just so you know, if we are making a Murphy and Snyder power couple name it would be Murder. That is both as equally terrifying as it is awesome.