The Wake #2

Writer: Scott Snyder Artist: Sean Murphy Publisher: Vertigo Release Date: June 26, 2013 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 23
8.7Critic Rating
8.7User Rating

They call it the Ghost Rig. 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! Part two of the incredible new series by Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy!

  • 10
    Newsarama - Forrest C. Helvie Jun 26, 2013

    Once again, readers experience "narrative time travel" as we encounter a hunting trip of epic prehistoric proportions in the beginning of the story, while the issue caps off with yet another glimpse into the water-covered world of the future. It could just be me, but it's interesting to note the visual similarities of this female of the future to Lee Archer. Needless to say, it will be interesting to see how this futuristic arc connects to the one in the present. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Jun 26, 2013

    Buying and becoming invested in a new series or miniseries can always be tricky. With Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy (and Matt Hollingsworth), it becomes a lot easier. This is the type of series that shows we can have and enjoy something new rather tan just rely on new stories with existing characters. We've been introduced to several new characters as well as a mystery that will hook you into the series. This is the type of comic you'll want to sit back and enjoy as you devour each issue. We truly are getting something different and it's a blast reading each issue to find out what's going to happen or be revealed next. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comicosity - Matt Santori Jun 27, 2013

    Books taking on multiple time periods and storytelling perspective, jumping around frequently, are not easy to write or, frankly, read, but Synder and Murphy pull it off without question here. The Wake #2 takes what was best about the mini-series introduction and really grounds it in high concept and an increasingly rich experience. Theres little question in my mind that this book is a sincere classic in the making. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - Michelle White Jun 28, 2013

    As things stand, there's definitely more going on visually in “The Wake” than there is plotwise. But then, there's every indication that this slow-moving story is going to build into something big as the details begin to stack up. And besides, what happens on the last page of this issue is bound to have one heck of a follow-up explanation. I mean, one would hope so, right? Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Kelly Thompson Jun 28, 2013

    The layers and depth in Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy's "The Wake" both conceptually and visually are stunning. As a reader, I feel grateful that this is a maxi-series (ten issues) as all of that page time is needed to get to all the mysteries and complexities that these creators have in mind. At the same time, the book is so good that the greedy reader in me wishes "The Wake" was an ongoing, even though comics with definitive ends have proven to be superior over time. "The Wake" is definitely positioned to be one of those superior tales. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Jun 27, 2013

    Like its antagonist, The Wake sneaks up on you. Its creepy, tense, and claustrophobic story emerges from the depths and drags you into it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Jorge Solis Jun 27, 2013

    Suspenseful, mysterious, and creepy are the perfect words to describe the “The Wake”. A ambitious team-up, Murphy and Snyder are at the top of their game with “The Wake” series. Fans of John Carpenter's “The Thing” or any Lovecraftian tales will definitely get a kick out of this title. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Jun 27, 2013

    Certainly engrossing, though not completely free from predictability, craftily written and subtly drawn. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker Jun 29, 2013

    This is shaping up to be one of the most interesting limited series of the year. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Culture Mass - Jonathon Jacobs Jun 30, 2013

    The Wake is shaping up to be a memorably terrifying series and it's only two issues in. Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy are doing all the right things, and honestly it's nice to see some of Snyder's work aside from his cape-wearing titles. I know picking up a new indie title can sometimes be nerve wracking, so that's why I'm telling you here that you owe it to yourself to pick up The Wake #1 and #2. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Barron Network - Robber Barron Jun 26, 2013

    My only issue with this book is that I think it will read better in trade. It feels like this is one continuous story that shouldnt be broken up what so ever. I mean until the trade comes out we have the issues and I for one will be enjoying it Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Joshua Yehl Jun 26, 2013

    And boy does this book get twisted, but not in a blood-and-gore type of way. That can be attributed to Sean Murphy's scratchy and engrossing linework. Snyder's mystery is no doubt what brought many readers to this book, but it's Murphy's art that sucks you in and won't let go. The way he bends reality with the more surreal elements of the book is just fantastic, and if the disturbing closing pages are any indication, things are only going to get crazier. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - Jordan Richards Jun 27, 2013

    The artwork by Sean Murphy remains top notch and is still a sight to behold. He really brings all of these characters to life with their expressions and movements. He nails the mood at all the right moments, especially with the final pages (I keep mentioning them for a reason), and creates striking images. There's nothing wrong with his work in the slightest, with only the small nitpick that some of his characters look like ones from his previous works. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Booked - Derreck Mayer Jun 27, 2013

    All in all, the story is beginning to come together and the back storyThe Wake #2 provides definitely helps solidify what has happened and why our characters were chosen. As long as some of the scene jumps are explained in the next couple of issues, this series continues to be very unique, powerful and intriguing.The Wakecontinues to be a refreshing break from the standard comic books I read. I am looking forward to next month's issue. I wish it wasn't such a short series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Read Comic Books - Joey Caswell Jun 26, 2013

    The Wake is becoming a very deep tale of evolutionary mystery, and science-fiction horror. Sean Murphys art lends a fittingly haunting tone to this book. Although there are many flashbacks employed throughout, each from a different time period, they are not overused or confusing. The main story has taken place in a fairly isolated locale, and the sections where we see prehistory and the future are not only a refreshing change of pace, but further serve to explain the central plot in a very effective way. Oh, right, the Moon blows up in the future at the end of the book. There are so many places Snyder can go with this story, its almost a shame that it will only last for 10 issues. Read Full Review

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