The Wake #5


By Scott Snyder, Sean Murphy, & Matt Hollingsworth

The remaining members of the Ghost Rig crew come face-to-face with a behemoth sized version of the creatures. The team finally realizes why the beasts were behaving so viciously and then, all of a sudden, ignore them. As the creatures are heading for the surface, the crew goes after and confronts the monstrous school.

What keeps this issue so enthralling is the reveal of what the creatures are planning to do. The revelation of what’s about to happen is far more stunning than the giant beast that rose from the abyss-that says something! Snyder knows how to keep the reader on his/her toes. He has the story progress typically and introduces a larger conflict,which undoubtedly would be handled in the next five issues. Then, all of a sudden, the book goes dark… Scott gave of a glimpse of the future in #1 and hasn’t brought it up until this issue; there’s definitely a reason for this… That’s all I will say. Also,  Snyder is able to parallel folkloric/mythological events with what is to come. Having a character be a folklorist allows him to make those references and enrich the comic.

There’s not much more that can be said about Sean Murphy’s work on this book that hasn’t been said previously. He maintains his tonally perfect artwork. Pay special attention to the splash page, it is a beautiful example of foreshadowing. What peeks my interest is what Sean will be doing in the next half of the series. It looks to be a whole new world that he will be bringing to life!

The creative team is able to blend the horror, science fiction and action/adventure genres together and use the conventions of each properly and effectively. A perfect balance. Experiencing Snyder and Murphy’s work each month is truly a literary treat!