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Review: The Wake #2

The Wake #2 CoverThey call it the “Ghost Rig.” A secret, underwater oil rig filled with roughnecks and scientists on the brink of an incredible discovery. But when things go horribly wrong, this scientific safe haven will turn into a house of horrors at the bottom of the ocean!

With the second issue of this new max-series by writer Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy we get a bit more of the mystery pulled back giving us a better idea of what we have in store for us.

With a team assembled and a mystery set before them, we get theories and ideas as to what they and we the readers are presented with. All along mystery builds as well as the tension.

What’s fantastic about this issue is Snyder’s use of real scientific theory to drive his story. He presents it in such a way that it doesn’t bog down the story and while it might sound like science fiction it is a theory of mankind’s evolution. I found myself Googling away after this issue to see if what Snyder presents is based in reality. It is, though not generally accepted theory.

At this point you can see the series isn’t a straight up horror story, instead delving a bit more into themes about the origin of mankind and more than likely more.

There’s also some crazy sequences here that just made my jaw drop. They didn’t make sense in the context of the issue, but you better believe each made me want to come back for the third issue. All of this is back up by artist Murphy’s distinctive style.

This is shaping up to be one of the most interesting limited series of the year.

Story: Scott Snyder Art: Sean Murphy
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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