In "Pick This Book Up" I will be spotlighting a book I will be picking up next week and why I've decided to spend the price of more than a gallon of gas on it. Green Wake is my choice for next week and will hopefully not disappoint with promises of grisly murder in mind.
Horror is definitely a genre that has been twisted in every
direction and has often found itself screaming when monotonous ideas are used
over and over again and there is no more creativity: just pointlessly overused
blood to garner the reader’s attention away from the lackluster story. A good murder mystery is hard to find
with so many others out there and hopefully Green Wake from Image publishers
will prove to be a great one.
The premise is simple: in Green Wake there have been
numerous grisly murders. Our protagonist Morley Mack is perusing a woman known
as Ariel that is the prime suspect in the murders. As Morley begins to discover the truth he also finds the
case has a connection to his past…A dark and gritty mystery would be an excellent combination
for Green Wake to pursue. The
premise has the usual murders in a small town with a main character that will
ultimately find out more about himself after solving the crime (IF he does
solve it). The art is what really made me want to pick up this issue. You can read a preview at the end to check out the art. Green Wake has a strikingly different artistic style. Despite not being overly detailed and having a few too many
lines here and there, the art gives the story a very “noir mystery” kind of
feel, especially at the beginning when the comic is colored in a dingy grey and
black color that perfectly sets the dreary mood of the story. The summary presented for this issue does worry me since it
can easily be as cliché as the many other horror/mystery stories out there if
not handled properly, and the writer Kurtis J. Wiebe has only written one other
comic making me question if he has enough experience to write something new. The artwork in Green Wake is enough to
keep me in, however, with Riley Rossmo delivering a perfectly dark atmosphere
that feels reminiscent of London town during the days when Jack the Ripper would
be haunting the streets with a bloody scalpel. Let’s just hope the story can follow suit with the art. Green Wake #1 will be out on April 6.
An all-around nerdette, I’m a comic book connoisseur, horror aficionado, video game addict, anime enthusiast and an aspiring novelist/comic book writer. I am the head of the comic book department and the editor-in-chief of Entertainment Fuse. I also write and edit articles for Comic Frontline. I am also an intern at Action Lab Entertainment, a comic book publisher at which I edit comic book scripts, help work on images in solicitations and help with other comic book related project. My own personal website is comicmaven.com.