The Wake

The Wake[PDF / Epub] ☀ The Wake By Scott Snyder – Bluevapours.co.uk 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 Vam 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.

Scott Snyder is the Eisner and Harvey Award winning writer on DC Comics Batman, Swamp Thing, and his original series for Vertigo, American Vampire He is also the author of the short story collection, Voodoo Heart, published by the Dial Press in The paperback version was published in the summer of .

The Wake PDF/EPUB ✓ Hardcover
  • Hardcover
  • 256 pages
  • The Wake
  • Scott Snyder
  • English
  • 15 March 2018
  • 1401245234

10 thoughts on “The Wake

  1. Anne says:

    I was pretty invested in the story for the majority of this book.It kind of ran off the rails toward the finish line, and in my opinion never really recovered the momentum it had during the first half.The ending I m not even sure what the hell happenedSo, it starts off in present day or the past, depending on how you look at it with a cetologist whale dolphin porpoise expert named Lee Archer She gets an offer she can t refuse from a government agent ish guy, to help them with something th I was pretty invested in the story for the majority of this book.It kind of ran off the rails toward the finish line, and in my opinion never really recovered the momentum it had during the first half.The ending I m not even sure what the hell happenedSo, it starts off in present day or the past, depending on how you look at it with a cetologist whale dolphin porpoise expert named Lee Archer She gets an offer she can t refuse from a government agent ish guy, to help them with something they ve discovered in the ocean that is making a whale like call They have the animal hidden away in an illegal deep sea drilling rig, and they need Archer to take a peek at it.Hint Turns out, it s not a whale.Archer isn t the only one who s been called into check this sucker out There s a folklore expert, a deep sea hunter, and another scientist who happens to be the guy who got her thrown off of her last project.Anyway, it soon becomes apparent that this creature is some sort of a chompy mermaid with a hallucinogenic venom that squirts out of its eyes.Worse, its got friends Lots and lots of friends that are tearing the underwater rig apart And it looks like once they re done eating Archer Co., they re headed toward the shorelinecue dramatic musicFast forward a couple of hundred years, and now we re following the story of Leeward, a young lady with a dolphin who hunts the mermaidsand sells their eyeballs.The creatures have taken over the world sort of by causing tsunamis that flooded the shores, and driven the puny humans into their mouths.Leeward is searching for this Lost Voice on the airwaves that she thinks holds the key to stopping the mer whatevers The government such as it is is after her, and she has to band together with pirates to find this Lost Message.Oddly enough, it seems like this voice on the airwaves is coming from Archer.But that can t be trueOr can itcue the damn music again. Alright If you haven t read this, but plan to Please don t click the spoiler tag The whole book hinges on keeping you in suspense as to what the hell these things are, and why they re trying to eat us.If you ve read this, then you might understand why I think the ending jumped the shark just a little bit view spoiler I thought it was kind of cool that humans were the aliens, but Snyder lost me after that revelation Mass confusion set in with the rest of the ending , and I felt lost and let down.I don t understand why the MerWhatevers would keep Archer and those other people alive Were the MerThings our alien off shoot cousins Where did Archer go on the ship Why did our original ancestors feel guilty this time around The eye gouging thing was retarded Just RETARDED.And my biggest question Why the fuck were the Mers suddenly buddy buddy with Leeward and I m assuming everyone else at the end What the fuck changed hide spoiler Get this review andat

  2. Jeff says:

    This book is divided into two parts the comic book s present and the comic book s future.The present section reads like The Incredible Mr Limpet meets The Creature From the Black Lagoon Not too bad.The future reads likeWaterworld meets The Abyss and features my least favorite comic character Talky von Talkerson So Talky, this is a comic book, essentially a visual medium, what brings you here Well, Jeff, it seems that Scott Snyder wanted to include a ginormous amount of background materia This book is divided into two parts the comic book s present and the comic book s future.The present section reads like The Incredible Mr Limpet meets The Creature From the Black Lagoon Not too bad.The future reads likeWaterworld meets The Abyss and features my least favorite comic character Talky von Talkerson So Talky, this is a comic book, essentially a visual medium, what brings you here Well, Jeff, it seems that Scott Snyder wanted to include a ginormous amount of background material and there wasn t a quick, painless way to take an information dump, so here I am You do realize that when you show up, you have a tendency to really slow down the pace of a story Hey, this book won an Eisner for Best Limited Series, so quit complaining Was it a pity vote or a we re sorry we didn t like your Batman story vote Hey, I don t have to sit here and take this Someone needs my help with an X Men comic

  3. Jan Philipzig says:

    Rethinking Genre ConventionsSnyder and Murphy deliriously experiment with a bunch of sci fi, horror and pirate tropes, deconstructing and then reassembling them in different,courageous and holistic ways.The moral of the story brings to mind something legendary film director Stanley Kubrick once said The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile but that it is indifferent, but if we can come to terms with this indifference, then our existence as a species can have g Rethinking Genre ConventionsSnyder and Murphy deliriously experiment with a bunch of sci fi, horror and pirate tropes, deconstructing and then reassembling them in different,courageous and holistic ways.The moral of the story brings to mind something legendary film director Stanley Kubrick once said The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile but that it is indifferent, but if we can come to terms with this indifference, then our existence as a species can have genuine meaning However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light The Wake is not an easy read, but it can be an immensely rewarding one if you are willing to leave genre expectations behind, and allow your synapses to fire at their own pace

  4. Sam Quixote says:

    I read and reviewed The Wake Part One collecting 1 5 in November 2013 and read Part Two collecting 6 10 recently so I ve compiled both reviews into this one for the complete 10 issue collected edition I know, a bad Scott Snyder comic Well, it had to happen eventually The Wake Part One ReviewDr Lee Archer is a cetologist and a single mother who s approached by a shady government agent to take part in a secret underwater operation to identify the source of a strange sound off the Alaskan I read and reviewed The Wake Part One collecting 1 5 in November 2013 and read Part Two collecting 6 10 recently so I ve compiled both reviews into this one for the complete 10 issue collected edition I know, a bad Scott Snyder comic Well, it had to happen eventually The Wake Part One ReviewDr Lee Archer is a cetologist and a single mother who s approached by a shady government agent to take part in a secret underwater operation to identify the source of a strange sound off the Alaskan coast The sound belongs to what seems to be a mermaid but mermaids aren t real or are they and this one looks and behaves farmonstrously than their fairy tale creations, as Archer and her team are about to discover This is the first Scott Snyder book since American Vampire that I ve not completely loved partly because the characters are so two dimensional and partly because the story just isn t very interesting Archer just the name is your standard moral scientist type you know Bill Paxton in Twister That kind She even has an evil double who s in bed with the government you can almost hear the same dialogue, they re not in it for the science, man Agent Cruz is your standard issue man in black government type, who talks in a monotone, is very secretive, and of course turns out to be duplicitous, while there s a bounty hunter character who feels like he s stepped out of an 80s action movie, who s here to hunt rare species cos he s a tough guy All of the characters are highly unoriginal and boring, and aren t helped by Sean Murphy s art If you ve read Punk Rock Jesus, you ll notice how similar Archer looks to Gwen and Agent Cruz to Thomas McKael it s like Murphy has a handful of character designs and has to keep reusing them Story wise, it s fairly ok up to a point and then it becomes repetitive The fish monster predictably escapes because there s no story otherwise, you ve got humans trapped in limited space, a cat and mouse chase ensues, and then the ending happens Reading several issues in a row which are basically just characters running from a monster is frankly boring and there s little variety in what happens Move from one part of the station to the next, repeat Snyder does throw in some interesting scenes now and then, showing us a dystopian Waterworld esque Earth set 200 years in the future, before hurtling us back hundreds of thousands, and sometimes millions, of years back to the past, hinting at a much larger and mysterious story I loved seeing these but unfortunately they are very brief snippets so most of the time you re spent with a crew of unconvincing cardboard cut outs running around The good news is that the second part looks to be entirely set in the dystopian future with a new set of characters so I anticipate liking that book a lotthan I did this one Snyder s writing in The Wake Part One isn t especially brilliant he s always had the propensity to throw in plot relevant anecdotes into his stories though in The Wake they feel very heavy handed and awkwardly placed At one point in the middle of a chase, the characters pause and wait while Archer tells a story Murphy s art is fine and I think his fish monster designs are effectively scary but I m still not as in love with his art as many others are The Wake is definitely readable despite the script s flaws and has some interesting story moments but it s not nearly as good as other books Snyder s writing at the moment like Batman and Superman Unchained for DC The Wake Part One is like Aliens crossed with The Abyss but not nearly as good as either The Wake Part Two ReviewIf the first part of The Wake was Scott Snyder s version of The Abyss, the second part is his take on Waterworld Set 200 years after the events of Part One, the world is now a different place thanks to the fish monsters melting the polar icecaps Water has flooded the lowest landmasses and humanity survives in loose, scavenger type camps Leeward, who we glimpsed here and there in Part One, is now the main character She s a fish monster head hunter literally with her glider and her trusty dolphin Dash But she s searching for a voice on the airwaves someone called Lee Archer who could hold the answer to saving the world I am a massive Scott Snyder fan, though mostly for his work on Batman I have given The Wake my full attention though it hasn t impressed me much with the first part turning out to be just ok The second part though, which I expected to be even better for some reason, is a real let down You could even say it s a mess Leeward s journey is always obscure and difficult to follow She muddles along from one strange scenario to the next she turns on a radio and is chased by this world s authorities because radio s are bad , then she s in a slave ship, then she s with pirates, then in the arctic I thought all the ice melted , then I won t spoil it, but it s basically Snyder rushing his character from one thing to the next without giving sufficient reason to the reader why And without knowing why, it s difficult to care about what s happening Snyder s world building isn t very convincing either The various colonies feel disparate and isolated but there s apparently some kind of ruling body with a crazy old woman in charge it just doesn t seem like it would work Again, this felt rushed and not very cohesive, like it was thrown together And none of the characters felt fleshed out Vivienne, Marlow, Mary, they were all cliches Vivienne the scheming person in charge, Marlow the military tough, and Mary was the pirate captain who was defined by his action of sipping from his arm glass They weren t characters at all But by far the worst is the final issue of the mini series which was just one long exposition filled info dump Snyder likes to throw in random scenes and WTF moments for the reader he does it in all of his comics which is sometimes effective and works well in Batman, but not in The Wake He waits until the last issue to explain why there were scenes of cavemen interacting with fish monsters, why there was what looked like the moon exploding earlier in the series, what the drop is, why well, that d be a spoiler, so I ll stop there But basically he tried to do too much in this series, left it far too late to explain everything and it felt like it all overwhelmed him by the end He tried to make all the random pieces fit and he just couldn t I don t love Sean Murphy s art like some people it feels too scratchy and his character models areor less the same in every book but it s not terrible and he can draw scale really well Some of the scenes call for the cast to be affected by massive creatures vehicles, and Murphy s able to pull off that effect nicely And Andrew Robinson s covers have been excellent throughout the series too The Wake has been a very patchy sci fi horror story that completely falls apart in the last couple issues, so much so that the last page could be seen as Snyder shrugging and saying to the reader well, you enjoyed the ride didn t you Sorry about dropping the ball for the finale The Wake is definitely my least favourite Snyder book and about the only one I d say is quite poor Disappointing I gave Part One 3 stars and I ll give Part Two 2 stars, so let s split the difference and call this a 2.5 star book

  5. ΞιsNιnΞ says:

    WARNING Some spoilers may be at work 2.5 5 StarsFor me, the only thing confusing about The Cabin in the Woods was why the bureaucrat in charge of feeding teenagers to the elder gods gave a flying fuck about Mermen Of all the monsters and mutants and demons and kaiju stalking the ten thousand sub levels of the Cabin, the multitude of archetypal horrors that have dwelled in The Darkness Beyond The Fire s Glow since the Paleolithic why a fucking Merman Mermaids and Mermen are the least in WARNING Some spoilers may be at work 2.5 5 StarsFor me, the only thing confusing about The Cabin in the Woods was why the bureaucrat in charge of feeding teenagers to the elder gods gave a flying fuck about Mermen Of all the monsters and mutants and demons and kaiju stalking the ten thousand sub levels of the Cabin, the multitude of archetypal horrors that have dwelled in The Darkness Beyond The Fire s Glow since the Paleolithic why a fucking Merman Mermaids and Mermen are the least interesting mythological creatures I can think of, with the possible exception of Unicorns Well, Scott Snyder disagrees with me, and apparently needed to see a Merman kill someone as desperately as Bureaucrat No 1 In both cases it was a bad idea but it turned out better for Snyder than it should have The Wake is full of slightly interesting fishboy action, if that s something you find appealing I m obviously less than thrilled with The Wake , though it s far from complete shit Sean Murphy s retro 80 s art recalls Dark Knight Returns era Frank Miller and the sketchy inks of Klaus Janson, with the angular, scratchy influence of Bill Sienkiewicz It s not my favorite style, a bit too frenetic and busy for clear story telling, but Murphy s talent is undeniable, and there s some outstanding imagery in The Wake.The series is made up of two slightly interconnected stories The first is set in the present day, a pretty standard monster thriller involving a team of best in their field specialists assembled by a powerful and secretive organization, then transported to a massive deep sea ghost rig , where the crew have discovered a creepy ass mermaid Merman Whatever Need I say things go horribly wrong Snyder s writing on this half of the series is unworthy of someone with his rep it s thoroughly mediocre, predictable, and dull The characters are action film clich s Lee Archer, the brilliant female scientist who has all the answers, and proves it by recounting vaguely relevant reports about mysterious whale songs, even when they re all being chased through a collapsing deep sea oil rig by mermonsters her former boss, the regulation spouting asshole, who has nothing to contribute and might as well have an expiry date stamped on his forehead the erudite intellectual, who follows the heroine s lead by telling uninteresting stories about ancient myths at inappropriate times, when he really should be screaming and whimpering the dolphin munching uber capitalist and great white hunter, who suddenly remembers he has a Kraken killing Super Sub, long after he should have fucking mentioned it The deus ex machina nonsense grows very tiresome, very fast Oh no, this section s flooded We re cut off from our only means of escape Wait, whale songs, for some reason Of course And so on You ve read seen this comic movie before, I promise.The second half of the book, however, is a different story Literally It almost seems like Snyder decided to salvage some shitty by the numbers screenplay he wrote in college by pairing it with the tale that makes up the second half of The Wake The material in issues 1 5 could have been jettisoned and probably should have , without affecting the reader s ability to make sense of issues 6 10 To be clear the first half was terribly written, and the second half isn t much better but it made for some decent scribbling, what with the Waterworld dark age and attack dolphins The plot is uninspired, and crashes headlong into a respectable case of writer s block, at the end The evil mermonsters have manipulated climatic conditions enough to trigger an apocalypse of sorts, with tidal waves, hurricanes and earthquakes wiping the coastal cities into the ocean and radically reshaping the continents A couple centuries after the collapse, the protagonist named Leeward hunts the Mers for fun and profit, harvesting the hallucinogenic venom they spit at their prey to sell for recreational purposes She has a techno dolphin, naturally A Narwhal would ve been nifty, but I won t parse saddled sea creatures When she s captured by ARM and the Governess , who pass for the government in this dystopian world, with an imposing tower and a super cool SHIELD style flying fortress called The Alamo , her arrest is inconvenient, coming as it does just as she hears the mysterious radio message she s been listening for all her life You know, the one that will answer the question of the Mers possibly extra terrestrial origin and purpose, and help mankind reclaim the planet That one But it s less than satisfying, so she s forced to escape her penury and forced labor, hands locked into the hundred foot oars of a rusting ocean liner I liked the idea of a luxury cruise ship turned into a floating prison, but there isn t any real exploration of it s inner workings, a consistent problem throughout the book A colossal mermonster wrestles the ship, and she s rescued by pirates a good place to end any tale My lame retelling of stuff that happened to people , anyhow It s far from the end of The Wake , though, so I won t spoil everything, I guess It s not brilliant, but it s passable, fairly predictable, entertainment The first half nearly ruins the whole deal, for me, though Sean Murphy s artwork provides some measure of redemption The second half is slightly improved by the grander scale, but again, most of the positive derives from the art Murphy really shows off his talent American Vampire good stuff, no question But I ve been waiting for the book that reaffirms Scott Snyder s status as the top level writer many seem to think he is after The Wake , I m still waiting Part 1 2 stars, Part 2 3 stars 2.5 stars total. And I still think Mermen suck Mermaids are even worse they re always presented as these erotic figures, being topless and whatnot But they re fish How hard up are sailors that they re dreaming about fucking a fish woman Oh, right sailors spend months at sea, so very, I guess But egg laying creatures are not erotic They are disgusting, or they are dinner Centaurs on the other hand More Art book Reviews More Comic book Reviews More Novel Reviews

  6. Igrowastreesgrow says:

    Will post review later.

  7. Donovan says:

    Snyder harpoons a fascinating monster of deep sea horror, fantasy, and post apocalyptic science fiction Complaints of an abstract ending are unfounded it s delightfully interpretative in an age of excessive literary hand holding.

  8. David Schaafsma says:

    Strong female main characters, including a cetologist whale scientist trying to save the world We re fighting sea monsters, in what is a basically all sea adventure story with some huge environmental implications, finally though climate change is not the culprit here sorry, fellow environmentalists Sam Quixote says the first half is Synder s take on The Abyss, the second half his take on Water World, which is smart and funny and about right, I think Snyder says he got the idea for it Strong female main characters, including a cetologist whale scientist trying to save the world We re fighting sea monsters, in what is a basically all sea adventure story with some huge environmental implications, finally though climate change is not the culprit here sorry, fellow environmentalists Sam Quixote says the first half is Synder s take on The Abyss, the second half his take on Water World, which is smart and funny and about right, I think Snyder says he got the idea for it from an article I also recall about the discovery of a sort of prehistoric shark they found off Japan in the mid 2000s, which is cool Of course it makes you wonder what may be down there, what Yeti or Loch Ness monsters may exist at the deeper levels so he goes with that He throws in a Dutch sea myth, and other things like that, Snyder does, because he likes to juxtapose colliding things to complicate and enrich the story from time to time, but this doesn t really go anyplace that significant, I thought Still, I liked it

  9. Gavin says:

    OK I m still on indiesyup.So, Scott Snyder, pretty darn good writer, never embarrasses himself, always seems to have things thought out 5 steps ahead, much like his Batmanwell I am here to tell you amigosMr Scott done gone and fell upon his ass here.Something can be great, really interesting, suspenseful, and have you wanting The Wake did that It was like the best parts of The Abyss and Alien mashed up I loved that the strong main character was female, kudos for that for sure OK I m still on indiesyup.So, Scott Snyder, pretty darn good writer, never embarrasses himself, always seems to have things thought out 5 steps ahead, much like his Batmanwell I am here to tell you amigosMr Scott done gone and fell upon his ass here.Something can be great, really interesting, suspenseful, and have you wanting The Wake did that It was like the best parts of The Abyss and Alien mashed up I loved that the strong main character was female, kudos for that for sure I liked the idea, ya OK, why not I even liked the execution of the first half.The second half was a departure, moving forward 200yrs in time from the end of the events at the first half There s still a strong female character, but it s not like the Abyss, it s like Waterworld and Mad Max which Waterworld without water would beexcept awesome I don t really understand the motivation for the villain here another female character, good job Mr Snyder she never gets explained much to me, and that s mildly problematic.The male characters are all well done too, though some very easy cliches they all fit into, but that s OK, because this book is like a summer action blockbuster, it needs to move forward at a good pace Unfortunately, it all comes apart in the end, much like my Shallow friends who ve read this have already pointed out and the comparisons to Abyss and Waterworld I see as well, so obviously that was a blatant similarity The idea was kooky but I was willing to invest, especially for the explanation of Humanity itself, but the last little bits Nope I hadwillingness to believe the Fonz could jump his motorcycle over a shark.So what are we left with here A very well drawn and coloured book nice shades of blue, green, super dark shades of water blues, blacks, greens and some pretty good writing for the first part We re left with a fun setup that gives an unsatisfactory endingI suppose it would be like getting turned on, getting into it, and ending up with a sad handjob It has the end result the same, but you just cannot enjoy it when you were expecting something else, y know So thanks for the great Foreplay Mr Synder, but next time, realize most of us don t enjoy the sad handjobs

  10. Sud666 says:

    Scott Snyder was certainly ambitious in this story But, like Icarus, his ambition causes him to flame out.The Wake is a modern update to the Merman story as American Vampire was to the Vampire tale But then it also becomes a story of aliens and a grand conspiracy Sounds like a lot It is The threads that bind this plot together seemed frayed The mediocre art does not help Sean Murphy s art adds nothing to the story and while it does a decent job with some large scene panels, it s the res Scott Snyder was certainly ambitious in this story But, like Icarus, his ambition causes him to flame out.The Wake is a modern update to the Merman story as American Vampire was to the Vampire tale But then it also becomes a story of aliens and a grand conspiracy Sounds like a lot It is The threads that bind this plot together seemed frayed The mediocre art does not help Sean Murphy s art adds nothing to the story and while it does a decent job with some large scene panels, it s the rest of the close in panels that show the lack of detail in the art.basic plot A scientist is called in by DHS to figure out where this mysterious signal is coming from Transported to a deep sea base shouldn t this be DoD jurisdiction, not DHS Just asking and findsa monster This merman is sending out a call Eventually the kith and kin of the merman show up and royally fuck everything up Then the story jumps 200 years years into the future, where the Merman made the ice caps melt and the world s coastal areas are flooded and the mermen rule the expanded seas A girl named Leeward and her modified dolphin decide to go on a journey to find out about a mysterious message The two stories then join into one plot Sorry if that s vague, but if you are going to read this I d prefer you to go into it blind Maybe you will like all the ways this comes together.There are some seriously interesting things going on here I rather liked the story of the regression of the aliens and the forgetfulness of tears Rivers of Lethe, anyone That was the best part of the story Had he focused on that without a lot of the other window dressing story points, I think, this would have been very good But, it reminds me of a Grant Morrison story that starts off grand and ambitious and then proceeds to go off the rails The whole dolphin snow boarding down the mountain was a bit much for me Throw in the subpar art and this was a book I finished and sighed I sighed because this could have been good I respect the ambitious nature of the plot But I can not countenance this art and the way in which the plot was developed Sometimes, Mr Snyder, less isStill kudos for not being banal and trite At least it s original

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