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Be Unafraid: The Official ‘Wake’ Exit Interview With Scott Snyder & Sean Murphy

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Creators Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy's mind-bending, centuries-spanning Vertigo Comics horror/sci-fi series The Wake comes to an end today, and it has covered a lot of ground in its 10 issues -- which is quite an accomplishment for a book that takes place in a world almost entirely covered by water.

A mix of horror and mythology spanning three different time periods, The Wake features a group of scientists, led by Dr. Lee Archer, attempting to uncover the secrets of a vicious Merman-like creature captured by the U.S. government. As Dr. Archer and her team do their best to discover the truth, the creature -- with the ability to invade their thoughts, granting them each what they believe to be their heart's desires -- has other plans. The creature unlocks many of mankind's myths of the sea -- and, consequently, itself -- and propels a wild-eyed, high adventure narrative that traverses centuries and brings in monsters, pirates, super-science, post-apocalyptic cultures and some of the most haunting psychological horror Vertigo's published in years.

Throughout, the Eisner-winning series has taken the emotional, intellectual and philosophical and made them manifest on the page with some highly innovative and bold storytelling techniques, such as when, after five issues of following Dr. Lee's adventure, the book jumps hundreds of years into the future to focus on a new protagonist and her cybernetic dolphin. The final issue takes that approach to a whole other level, telling a creation myth while providing closure for the characters. It's quite an accomplishment, and we talked with Snyder and Murphy about how they pulled it off.

WARNING: Issue #10 spoilers ahead.

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Image Expo: 12 Auspicious Announcements And The State Of The American Comics Union

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In the final few hours before San Diego Comic-Con opened its doors to the public for Preview Night on Wednesday, Image Comics Expo took place in an upstairs ballroom at the nearby San Diego Bayfront Hilton, where the publisher welcomed a group of press, creators, and fans to watch as the company announced, discussed and otherwise promote a great variety of upcoming Image titles.

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The Genre-Hopping Movie Magic Of Snyder And Murphy’s ‘The Wake’

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When I spoke to Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy about their Vertigo series The Wake last April, about a month before the first issue’s release, we talked quite a bit about what types of movies influenced it. Several titles of horror movies and movies based around ocean settings came up: The Thing, Jaws, The Abyss. But we barely scratched the surface.

One of the things The Wake does so, so well is it constantly upends audience expectations. One way it does that, issue by issue, the genre seems to change. It isn’t just horror. That’s the easiest way to categorize it, but Snyder and Murphy work within the established tropes of multiple genres to, for lack of a better word, toy with the audience. What they’re doing goes beyond homage to film. It sets an expectation in the reader’s mind so that, when the big surprise comes, it’s all the more jarring. As the series digs into its second half, here’s a quick -- and slightly spoilery -- rundown of all the touchstones the series has hit so far.

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Comics Alliance Reader Choice Awards: The Winners

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Last month, ComicsAlliance launched its first ever Reader Choice Awards. We spend all year telling you what we like (and don't like), but we wanted to hear from you. We had seven different polls, asking voters to make their choices for best editor, colorist, writer/artist, cover artist, design, artist and writer for the previous year in comics.

Voting concluded this morning, and the results are in. Thanks to all of you who voted, and otherwise spread the word. You can check out a list of the winners below.

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Pizza Dog And The Art Of Comics: Deconstructing ‘Hawkeye’ #11

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Bro. Let me tell you about Pizza Dog (also known as Lucky, formerly known as Arrow) and why his spotlight story in the latest issue of his owner's comic "Hawkeye" (also known as "Hawkguy") is one of the best comics ever.

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First Look at Fraction, Aja and Hollingsworth’s ‘Hawkeye’ #2 [Unlettered Preview]

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Based on the reaction here and elsewhere, I think it's safe to say that Matt Fraction and David Aja's Hawkeye #1 is the best received Marvel Comics premiere issue since last year's Daredevil launch by Mark Waid and Paolo Rivera and Marcos Martin. The new take on the Avengers' resident archer finds Clint Barton balancing stylishly illustrated superheroics with humorously written Just-a-Dude problems, a

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Matt Fraction and David Aja’s ‘Hawkeye’ #1: The Avenger Who’s Just A Dude

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I've never really been a big fan of Hawkeye. It's probably because I never really got into the Avengers -- a team that I usually describe as "Marvel's most popular characters and Hawkeye" -- but while I can talk for days about Thor, Captain America and Iron Man, something about the team's resident archer never clicked. So f

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It’s Frank Castle Versus The Vulture In ‘The Punisher’ #3 [Preview]

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On sale this week from Marvel Comics is The Punisher #3, continuing Greg Rucka and Marco Checchetto & Matt Hollingsworth's compelling new take on the vicious vigilante. In keeping with the series' focus on the external effects of Frank Castle's bru

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Greg Rucka Returns to Superheroes with Risky, Rewarding ‘Punisher’ #1 [Preview]

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On sale now is the first issue of Marvel Comics' all-new Punisher series. Written by the venerable Greg Rucka (Batwoman: Elegy, Queen & Country, Gotham Central) with gorgeous artwork by Marco Checchetto and colorist Matt Hollingsworth, the series diverges from Frank Castle's recent adventures in the exhilaratingly insane (i.e. Frankencastle) and returns the Punisher to his ultraviolent best. The oversized first issue is without

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Preview: ‘Thor’ #615 by Matt Fraction & Pasqual Ferry

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We've been hearing about Matt Fraction's upcoming run on "Thor" for a while now, and it's been resolicited for September 22nd, so mark your calendars. In the meantime, if you need a reason to get MORE excited, check out this advance preview of his first issue -- "Thor" #615 -- illustrated by Pasqual Ferry and colored by Matt Hollingsworth, where Sif rides out to meet the thunder god before the shattered ruins of Asgard, and they talk about what a huuuge douchebag Loki is. Seriously, that guy.

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