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GREEN WAKE #2
Story: Kurtis Wiebe/Art: Riley Rossmo

 

Review Information

Reviewer: Lee Stone
Review Date: May 2011

Comic Information

Publisher: Image Comics

6.0

out of 10

 

 Grizzly murders, a frog infestation and haunting memories of a lost love are the main features of GREEN WAKE, a town that is shrouded in mystery. 

 Here we have two investigators, Krieger and Morley, as they are piecing together these strange occurrences and following the trail of Ariel, the girl they suspect is behind it all.  

 It sounds promising but coming into the series on the second issue leaves a lot to be desired. The story, itself, is hard to follow without knowing the context in which these events are taking place. There's a lot of talk about the frogs but no one makes a comment about how one of the characters looks just as frog-like as the critters. And what's up with the eyes? After reading the comic, I came away lost and wondering why I should care about what was happening or who it was happening to.  

 There were a couple of well-crafted moments, however. The opening scene with Carl and Anna and then the lounge in the pool later with frogman were nice. Otherwise the story just kinda dragged me along and made me feel like I was stuck as a passenger with a friend that's busy giving someone I don't know a ride home from a party. Late at night. And it's raining. 

 While that may sound bad, it's also the strength of the story. It was very surreal. Perhaps to a fault because it left me with no way to connect with the characters but it did display that Wiebe and Rossmo can establish a mood. This, again, was the highlight of the first few pages. The art reminded me a lot of Duncan Fegredo's work on Vertigo Comics' ENIGMA and I think, aside from a couple stiff action scenes, suited the book well. 

 I think if the creators were to play more to their strengths and perhaps use a setting that's more accessible it would have read better. A central main character would be a good start so that Wiebe's knack for feeling and emotion could create more of an impact. GREEN WAKE may have a story in there but its way too involved and confusing to come in halfway and even then I would be hesitant to recommend it.






 
 



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