By Scott Snyder, Sean Murphy & Matt Hollingsworth
Part Two of The Wake continues with Leeward and Pub captured and enslaved. They plot their escape, until they are picked to walk the plank…All bets are off by the end of the book.
This may seem like a short or quick issue, but Scott Snyder imbues it with quite a bit of content. The reader was made privy to a bit of Leeward’s past that, of course, ties in the conflicts she faces currently. What caught my attention last issue and in this one, is the dialogue and dealings of the Governess. Snyder writes her as a restrained but ruthless leader; without a doubt a fascinating character. The way the government is depicted in this futuristic setting may be a form of social commentary. If so, it is being implemented well and not hitting the reader over the head. I will say that the last third of the comic was jaw-dropping! No spoilers here, readers just need to experience it for themselves!
Sean Murphy’s three full-page shots were gorgeous! What really makes these pages stand out compared to others is their composition. In the first two full-page shots, three-quarters of the page is just a solid color. Murphy consolidates all the attention and detail to the other third. Now this may be his way of forcing a specific perspective, but they are a marvel to look at. His depiction of young Leeward and her parents enhance the emotional tone of the flashback. Sean’s detailed close-ups of young Leeward are very powerful and draw the reader in.
Issue #7 continues this tour-de-force series and with a such a compelling cliffhanger, there is no reason for readers to not pick this issue and the next up!