The Wake #9


By Scott Snyder, Sean Murphy & Matt Hollingsworth

The penultimate issue of Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy’s stunningly imaginative tale arrives this week. Leeward and the crew of the Argo 3 journey to the beacon origination point and quite possibly their salvation.

The only disappointing aspect of this book is that Snyder and Murphy give the reader a glimpse into some of the intense adventures and characters the Argo 3 crew experienced on their quest. It was such a powerful tease that one hopes some companion comics or graphic novels will be published to elaborate on these events-Perhaps that’s just me not wanting this fantastic series to end. Throughout this mini-series, there have been allusions to Alien and James Cameron-type films; this issue definitely gives a Spielberg vibe! A discovery is made at their destination that calls to mind Indiana Jones. Then, the end of the comic leaves the audience with a “What the heck is going on!?” moment. That final book can’t get on stands soon enough!

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, the two-page montage depicting the Argo 3 escapades is perfect. The pages are book ended with 1/3 panels and the rest is just Murphy flexing his visual storytelling muscles. He was able to condense what could be a year’s worth of stories into two pages…if that doesn’t leave the reader in awe, I don’t know what will. It is evident that the page layouts were carefully designed and well thought-out; with so many overlapping images, detail is not sacrificed. The full-page shot starting chapter two was also fascinating; the shading and color work from Matt Hollingsworth really taps into the mysterious and eerie tone the material is going for.

The Wake continues to deliver stellar work and the thought of this ride ending next month is just depressing. Come on Vertigo, let’s see some spin-off stories!