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[Rotting Retro Review] “Green Wake Volume 2: Lost Children”

With the release of Riley Rossmo’s “Curse” and Kurtis Wiebe’s “Rat Queens” last week, Bloody-Disgusting thought it time to revisit “Green Wake.”

Volume two follows Morley Mack’s mysterious return to Green Wake. No one has ever escaped the clutches of the mysterious town, and Mack’s reappearance causes a new status quo to fall into disarray. Wiebe proves that the town still has a lot to offer in the way of history. Where there is history, there is the supernatural, and where there is supernatural there is mystery.

This story proves to be even darker than the last. Rossmo has fully entrenched himself in this stained world filled with oblong inhabitants, ghastly creatures, and buckets of gore. The entire experience is moody and captivating in the best way, and shouldn’t be missed.

WRITTEN BY: Kurtis J Wiebe
ART BY: Riley Rossmo
PRICE: $14.99

There is a certain air of sadness to “Green Wake” that is almost incomparable to anything outside of a Lynch movie. Characters exist in this wayward state of comfort. Complicit in their sadness and terrible surroundings because that’s just the way it is.

The arrival of Micah brings a new state of complicities for Green Wake. As a man of the church, he seems to generate a devout following through no clear efforts of his own. While lost children stalk the streets of the town the re-arrival of Morely Mack threatens to call Micah’s new order into question. Green Wake still isn’t a happy place, but the cracks become more apparent as Morely walks the streets.

A lot of time has passed since the first arc. New characters have arrived and old ones have changed. Rossmo’s horrible, ghastly and fetid creatures still roam the darkness, but they take a little longer to strike this time.

Wiebe takes a step back to steep this arc in the history of his fictional town. A lot of allusions are made to the troubled past and the nature of this fantasy world, but the answers are left for the reader to decide. Yet, the best stories are the ones that ask questions. An answer would never satisfy everyone. Instead the mysteries of the book are deepened and strengthened by the past. Mack pushes his way through it, but doesn’t really understand it himself.

Rossmo’s art has become more comfortable in the world of “Green Wake.” The wild lines are still present, but now the odd frog is inserted as a water stain in an otherwise normal panel. There is an incredible attention to detail that makes the world fully realized on an artistic level. Nothing feels out of place, and every panel is wonderfully evocative of the creepy air this town emits.

The creature and gore work in “Green Wake” is actually unlike anything I can think of. The slobbering masses of horror that Rossmo creates command the page and truly horrify. The intense and dream like panels that he creates when shit really hits the fan will have you lost. These are the things that haunt our worst nightmares. Rossmo drags you into a certain hell that the only escape is turning the page, but often that means being greeted with something even more alarming.

It’s truly a shame that this came to be the last volume of “Green Wake.” This book was clearly a labor of love, and only beginning to tell its story. It died too soon, and the comics world will never see the proper conclusion of Morely Mack’s story.

However, with all this in mind its nice to see that the men involved in making it are currently killing it with several books of their own. Yet, its important to take a step back and marvel at “Green Wake.” There is truly nothing like it out there right now, and there may never be again.



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