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Title:
The Wake
Author:
Snyder, Scott, author.
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Publication Information:
New York : DC Comics/Vertigo, [2014]
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 27 cm
Summary:
When marine biologist Lee Archer is approached by the Department of Homeland Security for help with a new threat, she declines, but quickly realizes they won't take no for an answer. Soon she is plunging to the depths of the Arctic Circle to a secret, underwater oil rig filled with roughnecks and scientists on the brink of an incredible discovery. But when things go horribly wrong, this scientific safe haven will turn into a house of horrors at the bottom of the ocean!
General Note:
Collects The Wake #1-10.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
"Suggested for mature readers."
ISBN:
9781401245238
Format :
Book

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New York Times bestselling author, Scott Snyder (American Vampire, Batman, Swamp Thing) and artist Sean Murphy (Punk Rock Jesus, Joe The Barbarian), the incredible team behind the miniseries American Vampire- Survival of the Fittest, are reuniting for the powerful miniseries- THE WAKE.

When Marine Biologist Lee Archer is approached by the Department of Homeland Security for help with a new threat, she declines, but quickly realizes they won't take no for an answer. Soon she is plunging to the depths of the Arctic Circle to a secret, underwater oilrig filled with roughnecks and scientists on the brink of an incredible discovery. But when things go horribly wrong, this scientific safe haven will turn into a house of horrors at the bottom of the ocean!

Collects THE WAKE #1-10.


Author Notes

Scott Snyder is a multiple award-winning and bestselling American writer known for his 2006 short story collection Voodoo Heart, and his work in comic books, including American Vampire, Detective Comics, Batman, Batman: Gates of Gotham and Swamp Thing. Snyder graduated from Brown University in 1998 with a degree in creative writing, and then worked at Walt Disney World for about a year. Snyder's Disney World stint strongly influenced his writing; he later recalled, "it did a world of good for my writing. Snyder received his MFA from Columbia University in 2002. His first collection of stories, Voodoo Heart, was published by the Dial Press in June 2006 to highly positive reviews. The collection received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist, and was a Kirkus Reviews "Hot Debut" of the year. Stephen King picked two of the included stories"Wreck" and "Dumpster Tuesday"for the 2007 The Best American Short Stories anthology shortlist. Voodoo Heart was shortlisted for The Story Prize in 2006. In 2009, Snyder began writing for Marvel Comics. His first foray into the genre was a one-shot focusing on the first Human Torch, part of Marvel's 70th anniversary celebrations. Since September 2011, Snyder has been writing both Batman and a new Swamp Thing ongoing series as part of The New 52, DC Comics' company-wide relaunch of all of its titles. Snyder will co-write Talon, a spin-off of the "Court of Owls" storyline in Batman, which will focus on a rogue Talon from the Court. In 2013 his title Batman Vol. 2: The City of Owls (the New 52) made The New york Times Best Seller List. Batman - Death of the Family Mask made the New York Times bestseller list in 2014.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

The apocalypse gets a watery spin in this breathless graphic novel from writer Snyder (Batman: The Court of Owls, American Vampire) and illustrator Murphy (Joe the Barbarian). Marine biologist Lee Archer, reluctantly working alongside her enemies in the government oil industry, comes face-to-face with an awakened species of homicidal mermen. They look like the creature from the black lagoon, swarm by the thousands, and have a taste for humans. Two hundred years later, Leeward, another spiky young woman with authority issues, is selling black-market mermen heads in the flooded ruins of America when she hears what sounds like an ancient recording from Archer. The ragtag new government is just as problematic as the old one, leaving it to Leeward and her trusty dolphin pal, Dash, to solve the centuries-old problem on their own. Snyder's story is a ripsnorter from start to finish, heavy on the action and quips. The threads keeping the settings together barely hold, but Snyder's punchy style and Murphy's detail-dense pages and Tank Girl-style art are highly satisfying. Agent: Jennifer Lyons (Dec.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Ambitious comic-book creators who eschew convention and clichés and summon the courage to give readers an epic deserve proper credit...and honest blame should the results fall flat. So it is, with this Eisner Award-winning yet indigestible goulash of borrowings from the aquatic adventure movies of the late 1980s and early 1990s. The plot concerns the discovery of a mysterious race of sea monsters and the resultant ecological devastation, with half of the action set during the former and the rest occurring 200 years afterward, with flashbacks to the distant past. Think The Abyss meets Leviathan, but readers will get nostalgic for Waterworld as author Snyder keeps bogus dramatics and leaden folklore references coming while failing to develop any characters worth caring about. Murphy's art resembles a grittier, chaotic variant of Kevin O'Neill's work (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen). Verdict The Wake might make for a passable movie someday. Violence, profanity, and grisly imagery; suitable for teens and up. Optional for au courant graphic novel collections but not if volumes of the back-in-print Miracleman (LJ 9/15/14) are available.-J. Osicki, Saint John Free P.L., NB (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.