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8. The Wake
Written by Scott Snyder
Drawn by Sean Murphy
Published by Vertigo/DC Comics
Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy explore the depths of earth's last frontier in a way that's as exciting and mysterious as it is horrifying. We need more genre comics set beneath the ocean's surface, and 'The Wake' sets a high standard for any that follow it.
-- Robot 6 Writer Michael May
Talk about bold, Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy’s 'The Wake' is the definition of bold. Even without the stunning cliffhanger at the end of issue #5 -- that turns everything on its head and points the series in an entirely new direction and yet one that was somehow promised all along -- this was a bold, inventive, and even groundbreaking way to make comics -- but the end of the first half of this series promises so much more. Spanning millions of years and now landing us in a distant future in which the world is raw and fantastic, Snyder and Murphy have created an epic that still feels human. Characters in the form of Lee and Meeks are hard to let go of -- and yet, the second part we’re rocketing toward is so exciting that it’s impossible not to let go of them to make room for that exciting future. Murphy’s art is a pitch perfect choice for this dark, detailed, monstrous, deadly world that’s also beautiful and somehow even hopeful. This is another example of a perfectly paired creative team, and of a publisher being smart about schedule. Who can mind a few months delay for part two of this mini-series when we know the quality we’ll be getting when it arrives? I hope we see a whole lot more from Snyder and Murphy if this is what they can do.
-- CBR Reviewer Kelly Thompson
Flat out action spectacular horror underwater fu where the tone is somewhere around the tense mastery of Aliens. Snyder makes us care while Murphy makes us fear.
-- CBR Contributor Ryan K. Lindsey
It's not easy to do effective horror in comics, but Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy make this story of ancient underwater creatures attacking a science outpost into something genuinely unsettling and creepy. And the first volume concludes with a mind-blowing cliffhanger setting up the next chapter.
-- CBR Contributor Josh Bell
Scott Snyder and Sean Gordon Murphy’s deep sea frightener 'The Wake' is an absolutely unnerving and claustrophobic tale with truly epic ambitions that are starting to come to light.
-- CBR Contributor Jason Tabrys
'The Wake' is as deep as it is impressive. With an incredible blend of mythology and scientific fact, Scott Snyder's meticulous research informs a horror story that relies on classics like 'Jaws' and 'Alien' for influence. Sean Murphy only improves an already fascinating story with a poetic style that creates emotionally-charged scenes and foreshadows through carefully-wrought details. Together, they capture a true horror movie atmosphere with inventiveness and profundity.
-- CBR Reviewer Meagan Damore