The Wake #10

The Wake #10

Writer: Scott Snyder Artist: Sean Murphy Publisher: Vertigo Release Date: July 30, 2014 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 19
9.1Critic Rating
7.4User Rating

The series Buzzfeed called "the best horror comic of the year" and Comics Alliance rated "most unpredictable" and "uncanny and uncategorizable" comes to a shocking conclusion. Will Leeward uncover a history buried thousands of leagues beneath the sea - or will the waves come crashing down on what little land is left?

  • 10
    Coming Up Comics - David Melton Jul 30, 2014

    Thank you to Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy for this amazing story. Thank you for ending it the way you did. As soon as I closed this book, I wanted to run outside and start my own adventure. Hopefully you will be left feeling the same way. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Jul 30, 2014

    Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy's THE WAKE has come to an end. This is the sort of book you'll want to read over and over. There is an interesting feeling reading a comic with a finite pace. That still doesn't quell the desire to see more from this amazing new comic world. Snyder and Murphy make a phenomenal team. We've had an amazing story, we get plenty of answers, and Murphy's art is enough to make you drool. Hopefully we will see more from this world in the future. There's plenty more in to explore in this world. Bravo to Snyder and Murphy. Read Full Review

  • 10
    All-Comic - Dan Leicht Jul 30, 2014

    From the very beginning Snyder introduced a world where curiosity and bravery were the means to new worlds, and new experiences. In this final issue he brings that ideal back around full force and were left with a story that pushes the reader to look forward and chase after their own adventure. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Newsarama - Forrest C. Helvie Jul 31, 2014

    Although it's always disappointing to see a series as well executed as The Wake conclude, it certainly lends itself to multiple re-readings given the complexity of Snyder and Murphy's narrative. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    IGN - Jeff Lake Jul 31, 2014

    Is it perfect? No, but it certainly strives to be, each reveal and character beat delivered with the utmost care. Though a refresher read of previous chapters may be necessary in order to truly appreciate the beauty of The Wake's finale, even someone new to the world would have to acknowledge that we're leaving it all too soon. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Travis Moody Aug 5, 2014

    The title was fine enough as a straight-up underwater thriller, but I came away with so much more when I woke the fuck up and discovered the sea. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Jul 30, 2014

    "The Wake" #10 goes beyond delivering what was expected, by also delivering plenty more that was not. Snyder and Murphy's finale exceeds expectations that weren't even in place at the beginning of this series, and showcases exactly why this series was deserving of its recent Eisner award. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - Matt Dodge Aug 1, 2014

    "The Wake" has been about twists and turns from the very beginning, even when it comes to its own genre. Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy are a great team, and they have included a surprising amount of depth (no pun intended) in this horror story that it is surely destined for further success in trade format. The ending is exciting and unexpected, which seems to fulfill goals of the series to the letter. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - F.D. White Jul 30, 2014

    I’ll end this review with a quote from co-lead Leeward that perfectly describes how we should read “The Wake”, or any comic for that matter: “Don’t cry! Be brave! It’s all an adventure!” Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Infinite Comix - Oscar Bergeron-Oakes Aug 1, 2014

    The Wake #10 is a great book that delivers an extremely satisfying end to a remarkable series. This creative team has accomplished something truly amazing that is worth checking out. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Aug 5, 2014

    Amazingly enough, Snyder delivers nearly as good of an end as you can hope for, albeit at the cost of an occasionally disappointing whole. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Jul 30, 2014

    The Wake #10 was interesting to say the least. For a big finale, it feels underwhelming and disappointing on one hand, but on the other hand, it does satisfyingly bring most of the story to a decent resolution. It does answer most of the questions, even if it was not very clear about it a lot of the time. All I can say is to lower expectations and have previous issues on hand to look back on what has happened or what was alluded to. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ComicBuzz - Anthony Behan Jul 31, 2014

    Maybe I need to reread this as a single collection or maybe I'm missing out the subtle plot points and symbolism but I came away from this book underwhelmed, a disappointment from a series that has constantly surprised and shocked me. I have a feeling this will be a divisive conclusion amongst readers and I would recommend most people to read this as a trade. However there are things here to love, particularly the art and I would still completely recommend The Wake as a whole to everyone, especially the first 5 issues. The Wake may not be perfect in the end but it's still one of the best examples of a comic today that is not afraid to try something different and take chances and for that I cannot fault it. Read Full Review

  • 10
    4thofnovember Jul 31, 2014

    great ending to a great series...even though to truly understanding everything,I'd recommend readers to read the earlier'll make you appreciate this issue even more...can't wait for the paperback version...will surely buy it,as I was always of the opinion that this book'll read better in graphic novel format rather than the monthly format!!

  • 10
    Synthozoid Aug 3, 2014

    Really great. Makes me want to go back and read the whole series again.

  • 9.5
    Jenesis Jul 30, 2014

    As the conclusion to the series it does have everything a reader could want. Ties up all of the loose ends, relates and combines the two arc's into a cohesive package, and gives a commentary on the world the reader is leaving as well as the expectation of the fututre stories we will have to create in our imagination. As always the art is stellar, full of life and energy. The composition of the page draws your eye across the panels and there are no moments of needing to rexamine the page to determine what is happening (but you will want to so that you can abosrb all the nuanced details). This book is as close to perfect as you could want from a finale. This is a series that screams omnibus or complete collection. Very rarely can you have series that changes its tone completely in mid-story and becomes a whole new entity but remains as story-driven and visually consistant as this title. The book, while close to perfect, does tend to take another step into change for the final exposition which is where the "close to perfect" score comes into play. The genre elements that had been in the story since the first issue are replaced, seemingly by a new tone and direction, making a long-time reader feel as either they may have missed another tone shift or have been reading the story incorrectly from the beginning. I almost wonder if having read the finale if re-reading the story completed with the final commentary fresh in my mind would give me a new perspective of the whole scope. While not accessible to a new reader or causual browser in the least, a finitie series is not necessarily meant to be. If you are able, read this title in solid chunks.

  • 8.0
    Gizmo Aug 2, 2014

    It's a very bold ending, it almost does another 180 turn for this second time in this series, so expect some polarized reader opinions. That being said, I like it!

  • 7.0
    scouts1998 Aug 21, 2014

    Boring ending but probably reads better when read as 1 story

  • 6.5
    Stallonelythelonely Aug 5, 2014

    Okay I'm confused. I think I'll have to re-read the entire series.

  • 6.0
    MatchesMalone Jul 30, 2014

    Disappointing. I feel like I missed an issue where crying was made relevant, the Governesse was given a true motive, and The Generals opinion was drastically changed. I didn't. I get the finale was intentionally vague, but that vagueness felt in contrast to the overall run. I definitely agree it ended too soon. The information dump in this issue needed another 10 issues to be alluded to. It made the things that were referenced fall flat due to the excess new information. With the way the series was built to this point, it felt like the resolve would be one simple answer instead of a very long exposition. The art was amazing, as usual, even if it failed to properly articulate Dr. Archers explanation ( which I'm convinced would be an impossible task, even with that beautiful DNA strand page).

  • 5.0
    JBL Reviews Jul 31, 2014

    It shifted so far from the first 9 issues.

  • 4.5
    elMORRO Sep 17, 2015

    Such a disappointing finale for a series that started out rather strong and intriguing but the second arc brought an unexpected nosedive on all fronts (aside from art). From Alien straight to Waterworld. Just read the first arc and maybe just ignore the rest.

  • 4.0
    Bad Hominid Aug 8, 2014

    The Wake concludes with a beautifully rendered, if narratively uninspired, issue. Without spoiling the ending Snyder finally reveals the secret of the communique that Leeward has been obsessed with since the first issue. Unfortunately that secret is so outrageous, so ludicrously out of left field, that it comes across as a hackneyed Shyamalan twist. There's a lot going in in terms of subtext about the human race and propensity to forget our past, but blah blah blah as a conclusion, it fails to satisfy. In light of the weak finale is the Wake worth reading? Of course! This series features outstanding artwork and writing. Snyder isn't the first to stumble when it comes to wrapping up a series, and a weak finale shouldn't prevent you from enjoying one of the most original and inventive series around.

  • 3.5
    JimmyCurt Aug 1, 2014

    I'll admit it, I struggled with this series but because I love Scott Snyder I stuck with it, hoping his talent would shine through and would redeem a story that at times seemed too much like a bad 80s film that was little more than an underwater rip-off of Alien. I loved the first two issues, nearly threw in the towel on issue through, but pressed on to issue five, where things seemed to get very interesting very fast. Five was the turning point for which I'd hoped. Or so I thought. At that point, though, the book changed from a bad 80s film to a worse 90s film, Waterworld. I slogged through, though, mildly intrigued and ever hopeful. But as the story progressed, my faith began to sour, and by the final issue I was quite disenchanted. Issue ten was a mess. The amount of new information presented felt like Snyder woke up one morning and thought, "Oh crap, how am I going to wrap this up??? Better think of something and fast!" He wrote and wrote and wrote and came up with the most convoluted, rushed, and nonsensical finale I've ever read. It was too much, that somehow felt like too little, far FAR too late. I'd skip this book completely and stick with Snyder's stronger works. The man is an amazing talent. Unfortunately he doesn't use it consistently here. I will say that Sean Murphy's art was the only consistent and spectacular thing about the book. If I could rate the art alone I would easily and proudly give it a 10. Unfortunately that's not the case. I gave it a 3.5 because that's about the total number of issues I thought were good and worth my time and money.

  • 9.5
    Serverarbengan Jan 9, 2015

  • 9.0
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  • 8.5
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  • 8.5
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  • 8.0
    Fixer1140 Sep 18, 2014

  • 8.0
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  • 8.0
    GreenArrow93 Aug 10, 2015

  • 7.5
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