The Wake #4

Writer: Scott Snyder Artist: Sean Murphy Publisher: Vertigo Release Date: September 25, 2013 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 22
8.9Critic Rating
8.9User Rating

Trappeddrowningdyingcould things get worse for Doctor Lee Archer and her team? Yes, they could. Much worse, in fact. Turns out the shocking discovery of the creature was only the beginning. Vertigos hit new series continues!

  • 10
    Following The Nerd - Jake Tanner Sep 27, 2013

    While I could definitely read this as a novel, I'm so glad these two teamed up to make this a comic series. Scott Snyder continues to deliver in every series of his that I read to the point that he has a lifelong reader in me as long as he continues to write comics. The Wake is on par with some of Stephen King's best work, and it's only getting better and bigger! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Newsarama - Forrest C. Helvie Sep 25, 2013

    Honestly, this series is incredibly smart in the story it tells and artistic techniques it uses without coming across as overly dense or impenetrable in any way. While it does get a little graphic in some of the depictions of violence, I never felt it was out of context or a distraction from the story. There's a lesson to be learned here: When creators are cut loose and given the freedom to tell the stories that they think will really push the medium forward, we get comics like The Wake. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Barron Network - Robber Barron Sep 25, 2013

    I once believed that Scott Snyders worked best with Rafael Albuquerque but after reading the Wake I have to say Sean Murphy is giving the duo a run for their money. Sean does gorgeous character facial expressions as well as backgrounds. The fact that most of the story takes place underwater is also a testament to his talent because more often than not artists have a tough time capturing underwater art but that is not the case with Sean Murphy Read Full Review

  • 10
    Geeked Out Nation - OOSteven Sep 27, 2013

    While I am fast becoming a huge fan of Sean's work there are times I wish it was a tad more detailed and crisp but then they way he manages to kind of keep a blurry focus of what's happening does the job more than incredibly well. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Addicts - Anirudh Singh Oct 1, 2013

    From myths and legends to Mermen straight out of a horror story to creation stories dealing with our own evolution, The Wake has something for everyone, and everyone should definitely read it. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - Jordan Richards Sep 25, 2013

    The artwork remains as great as always. If this is why the comic is being delayed, so that the artist can incorporate all of this detail and amazing panel layouts, then I say give him all the time he needs. Everything looks great, from the large scale monster attack to the moment where the characters are walking through the flooded and quite hallway of the rig. Outside of maybe one moment with an odd facial expression, this is a damn good looking book as always. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jennifer Cheng Sep 27, 2013

    The cliffhanger ending to "The Wake" #4 seems to come out of left field, but it's a fitting twist, reminding readers about one of the oldest rules of the ocean: there are always bigger fish. There are monsters that feed on monsters, and humans themselves are sometimes such creatures. "The Wake" is excellent, layered fiction, with unpredictable angles and a satisfying depth within the folds of its enjoyable thrills and chills. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Sep 30, 2013

    If you are not reading this series, you are doing yourself a huge disservice. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Oct 1, 2013

    It's not often that a piece of horror can also feel profound, but Snyder and Murphy manage it, even if they're a bit coy with the plot development. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Nerds On The Rocks - Josh Raj Sep 25, 2013

    Overall, The Wake #4 sets a tense mood and a dire situation for the characters. This is a story that I might suggest people waiting for trade since it will only be 10 issues and will read better as a whole story. This issue had some beautiful panels and takes the story to another level. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Sep 25, 2013

    The Wake continues to make the deepest parts of the ocean even scarier. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Melissa Grey Sep 25, 2013

    That being said, Murphy's atmospheric art is enough to forgive the book its handful of trespasses. The visual effect of the rig's cramped spaces and confined quarters jacks up the tension to almost palpable levels. While the fourth issue isn't the strongest we've seen in the series, it's still a solid step along the path. And I really, really want to know why there were cannons in the very distant past. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Multiversity Comics - Michelle White Sep 27, 2013

    “The Wake” is still going strong, even though " or because " the answers remain elusive and the overall pace on the slow side. You probably know by this point in the series if it's your sort of thing or not; but if you haven't jumped on yet, and you know you've got a taste for claustrophobic intrigue, for the love of all things oceanic, do jump in. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Corey 'Undeadpool' Schroeder Sep 25, 2013

    Were only four issues in, so having unanswered questions isnt unacceptable at this point and what the book gets right it gets very, very, VERY right. Through all the confusion weve got an amazing plot with absolutely fantastic creatures alongside an intriguing set of mysteries. The art is perfectly complementary and creates an atmosphere at once oppressive, claustrophobic, and absolutely terrifying. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Erik Gonzalez Sep 25, 2013

    I was already a fan of Scott Snyders work and The Wake has made me become one of Murphy and Hollingsworth. This mini-series reminds me of Ridley Scotts film Alien (1979). The rig seems reminiscent of the ship, The Nostromo, and the story appears to have a heroine akin to Ellen Ripley. If Ridleys film is an inspiration, thats totally fine considering its one the greatest horror films ever made and this book is on the way to making its own mark. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    We The Nerdy - Mario Miranda Sep 30, 2013

    Overall though, the issue was very entertaining, providing another solid entry into what I'm sure will be a classic horror story. The genre is too often overlooked and I'm glad to see such a solid entry unfold. This issue and the mini in general are highly recommended for any fans out there of survival horror, sci fi horror games, books or films. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Keith Silva Oct 1, 2013

    What happened to the steampunk-dolphin from the first issue? Why hasn't Snyder gone back to the future and instead remained in the past? Noble savages with laser cannons have cach, but so too does Darwin from seaQuest DSV. Read Full Review

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