By this point it’s become almost habitual to choose Green Wake as the GC Pick Of The Week. From the very first issue, Green Wake had my attention, and now, as lame as it sounds, it has my heart (you can make fun of me in the comments). Green Wake is the kind of mystery tale that leaves you feeling dirty on the inside because of how much pleasure you derive from such a grotesque world. It’s the kind of story you wish you had created. It’s the kind of horror tale that’s more than just blood and guts. Creators Kurtis J. Wiebe and Riley Rossmo fashioned an absorbing, relentless tale of horror and criminal suspense that took comic fans by storm over the summer months, and what better time to welcome the start of the new ongoing than Halloween. Read on for the skinny…
“’LOST CHILDREN’ The next chapter of the critically acclaimed saga returns and the face of Green Wake has been forever changed. A new threat to the once-quiet shores surfaces when rowboats wash ashore with nothing but fresh blood as a passenger and a new arrival begins a campaign to unite Green Wake’s inhabitants with unknown purpose.”
The plot is both complex and simple, lending a lot to old crime stories and film noir. Green Wake is a town, not unlike Silent Hill, where people just seem to show up. Nobody really knows why or how people get to this secret village, but they all feel a certain sense of belonging in the torpid world. The mini-series focused on the self appointed detectives who worked to discover the town’s first killer, as well as some dark secrets of Green Wake itself. There’s also something in there about people turning into frogs, and tidbits of failed relationships. Now a new threat arrives, and it’s big enough to disturb the town forever.
Wiebe and Rossmo have a lot, and I mean a lot to live up to in the wake of their original mini-series. When the series began it was chastised for being too confusing, too dark, and not sharp enough. But as the run continued people realized that’s exactly how the book was supposed to feel. Green Wake relies on confusion, lonesomeness and absolute moroseness to creature a dreadful atmosphere. It grabs you by the collar and pulling you head first into its little disfigured world.
I’ve ranted about Green Wake enough times in the past that I don’t really feel the need to go on describing how amazing it is. You’ve heard me say it before, and now I say it again, this story is second to none, and the art is like no other horror comic today. Green Wake is a perfectly executed, intelligent, dark crime thriller that should not be passed up. A pitch perfect r
‘Green Wake’ #6 Is Available Now From Image Comics (MSRP $3.50)