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
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.
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.