Review: Green Wake #1

Green Wake #1Writer: Kurtis J. Wiebe

Artist: Riley Rossmo

Cover: Riley Rossmo

Image Shadowline Comics – April 2011 – $3.5o

Green Wake #1 is a methodically and well paced mystery that takes place somewhere on the outskirts of reality.  Kurtis Wiebe and Riley Rossmo spin a tale of anguish, remorse, and loss that is heavily inspired by the works of David Lynch. Even though inspired by Lynch, it has it’s own distinct underlying unsettling creepiness that pulls you into the world that the characters inhabit.

Morley Mack and his buddy Krieger, are the self appointed welcoming committee for new arrivals at Green Wake, a place for the lost with no knowledge of how they arrived. The pair are investigating a murder with a possible suspect named Ariel when a new arrival, Carl, washes up on shore in a rowboat. Although denying knowing Ariel at first, Carl admits that they were lovers at one time. Morley finds it odd that she becomes a murderer just before he shows up in Green Wake; A place that changes those who are inside of it, some more than others, as we see with Krieger.

The mood and pacing of the story are just wonderfully choreographed by Riley Rossmo’s art. The layouts, the style, and the watercolor effect really illustrate the surreal horror that the characters face, while Kurtis’ writing conveys the sense of loss and confusion the characters are dealing with.

While this comic is very different from 30 Days of Night, I get the same feeling of dread and uneasiness as I did when I first read that book.

Green Wake #1 is part of a 5-issue mini series and comes out on April 6th, 2011. Mark that on your calendar and go out and buy a copy at your local comics shop before they run out of first printings. You’ll be glad you did!

– The Comic Book Critic

Comic Book Critic Rating: 9.0

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