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GREEN WAKE #1 (Image Comics) is an engaging murder mystery
with tons of crazy twists and turns. A paranoid detective is on the search for
a brutal killer. Plagued by painful memories, the detective seems unable to
find a way out of his town, as if he’s trapped inside. Surrounded by oddities
and amnesiacs, he doesn’t even know what the truth is anymore. This is a
puzzling mystery that will surely intrigue its readers right from the start.
Morley Mack is stuck in time, wondering if he could have
changed his fate. Mack questions whether he could have deliberately avoided
crashing his car into the tree. Soaked in blood, he stumbles away from the
crash site and hits the ground. Suddenly, his chest is engulfed by a swarm of
hungry frogs. His entire body disappears as if the flesheating frogs had
swallowed him whole.
Time has passed and now Morley arrives at the crime scene,
somehow with a badge and gun. As a detective, he scans the corpse hoping to
find clues. The murder victim is missing half his face because his lips were
torn off. In the victim’s hand is a bloodstained locket that belongs to a
mysterious woman named Ariel. In a gated community that doesn’t have a history
of violent killings, Morley realizes this is no ordinary murder that has struck
Green Wake is a town where citizens are known for harboring
dark secrets. Residents shut themselves away from rest of the outside world.
Ariel used to be a quiet, soft-spoken girl until she became obsessed with the
hunt for Babylon. Ariel is in desperate search of a way out and doesn’t know if
Babylon actually exists.
But, what is this town that makes everyone else afraid to
leave and forces them to stay? Green Wake is a strange place full of people who
don’t know how they got there. Could Morley possibly be dead or are all these
characters part of his twisted imagination? The first issue sets up a list of
interesting questions that will compel readers to follow for the rest of the
Author Kurtis J. Wiebe (of THE INTREPIDS) creates the town
itself into a living and breathing character. Green Wake is composed of
never-ending streets that ultimately lead to nowhere. Morley’s self-narration
reflects the story’s major themes of pain and guilt. The protagonist represents
someone who is unable to move on past a life-changing moment.
PROOF’s Riley Rossmo vividly captures a waking dream in his
stylized artwork. The opening pages are just a masterwork of pictures with no
dialogue. The colors are interesting metaphors for the creepy setting. Readers
should know brown represents the past, purple stands for unreality and green
symbolizes the present.
GREEN WAKE #1 keeps its readers guessing with its engrossing
horror mystery. Comic book fans are introduced to a weird and sinister setting
that is unbelievably imaginative. The story and art are well executed enough to
grab followers for the second issue. Debuting next week, you don’t want to be
left out of the mystery. Check out the comic’s official blog here.
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