Graphic Novel Review: Green Wake Volume 1

Writer: Kurtis J. Wiebe

Artist: Riley Rossmo

Publisher: Image Comics

Website: http://www.imagecomics.com

By Nolan Patrick Smith

(Victor Valley)–Image Comics is a launching pad for some of the most talented comic book creators on the planet. Thanks to Image, the world has titles such as Spawn, Savage Dragon, The Walking Dead, and tons more. 2011 was a massive year for Image, releasing some of the best books on the market, including this book: Green Wake. A dreary, mind-bending tale of loss, love and regret.

Story: It’s a place of mystery and pain, and no one can remember how they got there and why. For Morley Mack, he has his hands full as a serial killer seems to be on the loose, and a stranger finds his way in to town at the same exact time as the murders. Are they connected? Where and what is Green Wake? Writer Kurtis J. Wiebe takes us on the grand tour.

Green Wake is a town filled with strangers, literally. You have humans like Morley, frog people, monsters, all harboring their secrets of their last memories before awakening in this unsettling little town. For Morley, it was a tragic loss he remembers: something that haunts him as he delves deeper into the string of gruesome murders. By the end, Green Wake will have touched on something all too familiar to us: the pain of loss, and how different people deal with it in different ways. The story is unlike your conventional American comic book stereotype, bringing something new and fresh to an audience ready to devour it.

Art: Riley Rossmo handles the art chores for the book, and brings just the right style to fit this dreary standout. The watercolor feel the book has, along with the abstract nature that is reminiscent of Ben Templesmith’s 30 Days of Night, sets the mood perfectly. The monstrosities that come from Rossmo’s imagination are horrifying to say the least.

Overall: Image Comics once again brings a title that transcends expectations, leaving the reader to feel like they just witnessed something magnificent. One violent, blood soaked romp through Green Wake isn’t enough, thankfully the series continues after this first volume. Highly Recommended, I give Green Wake Volume 1 a ***** out of 5.

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