Graphic Novel Review: The Wake
I’m back with another review! Pretty fast, huh? I needed some graphic novels under my belt for my readers’ advisory class, and graphic novels always take me very little time to blaze through so I’m happy to accelerate my quota.
Today I’m reviewing the graphic novel The Wake by Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy.
On to the review!
New York Times bestselling author, Scott Snyder (American Vampire, Batman, Swamp Thing) and artist Sean Murphy (Punk Rock Jesus, Joe The Barbarian), the incredible team behind the miniseries American Vampire: Survival of the Fittest, are reuniting for the powerful miniseries: THE WAKE. When Marine Biologist Lee Archer is approached by the Department of Homeland Security for help with a new threat, she declines, but quickly realizes they won’t take no for an answer. Soon she is plunging to the depths of the Arctic Circle to 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!
Collects THE WAKE #1-10.
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I’ve been a fan of graphic novels for some time now, and I was excited to try this one out since I haven’t read anything by this author. Though this was an enjoyable read, it ended up being a mixed bag for me.
This graphic novel is split into two halves. The first part covers the journey of Lee Archer, a marine biologist who is recruited for a secret mission deep within the ocean. The second half fast forwards to the future and focuses on a woman named Leeward and her fight for the truth and survival. Together, these women struggle to understand the threat that is uncovered in the vast depths of the ocean.
The first thing I took note of was the art. I prefer more modern-looking artwork, and this style was something of a nostalgic throwback that reminded me of the 80s or 90s. I wasn’t overly impressed at first, but it grew on me as I continued to read on.
I really enjoyed both Lee Archer and Leeward. Lee was a mom that cared deeply for her son, and she was willing to do anything to get him back. Leeward was more impulsive and quick on her feet as she fought to survive, and I loved her dolphin comrade and how it had been modified to be a weapon.
The plot really drew me in and didn’t let go. I loved the element of mystery throughout as to what the threat was and what it wanted. There was a great build up in Lee’s POV, and the story came to a climax in Leeward’s POV. I enjoyed the action throughout, as well as the interesting combination of science fiction and horror.
My main issue with this read stems from the ending and the explanation concerning what the threat was and what it wanted. I won’t spoil that for prospective readers, but it was disappointing and too sentimental for my taste. After the great build up and action I wanted more.
This graphic novel was fun in the end, and if you can handle a lackluster ending, I highly suggest checking this out.
That’s A Wrap!
Well that’s it for this graphic novel review. I hope you enjoyed it!
Have you read this graphic novel? Are there similar ones you’ve read that you simply have to gush about? Feel free to leave a comment. I’d love to start a conversation!
Have a great day!