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.
The 2014 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards ceremony took place Friday 25th July in the Indigo Ballroom at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, as part of San Diego Comic-Con. It was a good night for Saga, Hawkeye, and the Hernandez brothers. Presenters included Orlando Jones, Reginald Hudlin, Matt Fraction and Kelly Sue DeConnick, Sergio Aragonés, Phil LaMarr, and Kevin Eastman. ComicsAlliance has a full list of winners, as well as the other nominees in each category.
Let it never be said Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy's Vertigo Comics series The Wake didn't keep readers on their toes. From issue one, the creators have seemingly been committed to pivots, swerves, and complete turnarounds. It's even changed genre a few times.
This week, in the series' penultimate issue, readers will find Leeward, the heroine of the series' second half, about to reach a big breakthrough after traveling the globe seeking a connection to Lee Archer, the heroine of the first five issues. Just FYI, they two characters are separated by about 200 years and one giant, apocalyptic, flood, so it's quite an adventure.
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.
After just two issues, The Wake is a success. The new 10-issue miniseries from the creative team of Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy has had strong reviews coupled with impressive sales numbers -- issue #1 of the series is the highest-selling Vertigo book in a decade. 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.
Vertigo has provided ComicsAlliance with a preview of The Wake #3, including a variant cover from Dustin Nguyen, and you can check it out after the cut.
ICv2 has released its estimates for comics sales by Diamond Comic Distributors to direct market comic shops in May 2013. Based on Diamond indexes and publisher data, the numbers provided by ICv2 aren't exact, but they provide a barometer for measuring how print sales of various titles compare to each other. There are a few interesting numbers on this month's list, but one really stood out: The Wake #1, by creators Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy, sold approximately 45,000 copies, making it possibly the best selling Vertigo single issue in over ten years.
I didn't really think I'd be comparing Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy's new, 10-issue Vertigo series The Wake to Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic's Thor: God of Thunder after the first installment, but here we are.
Next month, writer Scott Snyder and artist Sean Murphy team up for the new Vertigo mini-series The Wake. Early promo materials are short on details, but they say this much: The series is a "thrilling new underwater horror adventure" in which the U...
Scott Snyder has had a busy convention. Yesterday DC Comics announced that Snyder and Jim Lee will be collaborating, for the first time, on a new Superman title in 2013. And at today's Vertigo panel, it was revealed that Snyder will team-up with his friend and previous collaborator Sean Murphy on The Wake, a new Vertigo miniseries set to debut next year...
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