I’ve mentioned before that I am a big fan of recommending idwcomics' Locke & Key if you’re looking for something in the horror genre. If you’ve never heard of it the series follows the Locke family, after the murder of their father, moves into Keyhouse, an unlikely New England mansion, with fantastic doors that transform all who dare to walk through them– and home to a hate-filled and relentless creature that will not rest until it forces open the most terrible door of them all…
Also, if you haven’t read The Wake which was published by Vertigo, written by Batman’s Scott Snyder, drawn by Punk Rock Jesus’s Sean Murphy, and colored by Hawkeye’s Matt Hollingsworth… the first 5 issues make up a great horror story ala Ridley Scott’s Alien, except that instead of in space it takes place underwater.
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Mike Isenberg recommends The Wake #8
Sean Murphy is absolutely one of my favorite working artists right now. Ever since discovering Punk Rock Jesus a year or two ago, I’ve been completely infatuated with everything he’s drawn. There’s something about his style that brings me back to the excitement I felt as a teenager, reading gritty science-fiction manga in the school cafeteria. Whether he’s drawing frenetic action sequences, intimate character moments, or big spectacle set-pieces, the man can really throw ink onto a page.
There’s a fairly engrossing mystery at play in The Wake. The first five issues (collected in The Wake: Part One) tell a modern-day deep-water monster story, in the style of The Abyss, interspersed with scenes of a flooded post-apocalyptic future, and an ancient past filled with anachronistic technology. Starting with issue #6 the story jumps 200 years forward into that post-apocalyptic future. Every issue that’s come out since has hinted at the connections between the stories; trying to guess how that mystery will unfold is hugely entertaining.
The world Snyder and Murphy have created here is fascinating, filled with a diverse and memorable cast of characters, and is beautifully rendered. If you think you’d be interested in a sci-fi/horror adventure story filled with incredible twists, brilliant action, and gorgeous artwork, you should absolutely pick up The Wake.
I just want to take a second out of a day full of amazing comics (see: Saga, Pretty Deadly, Black Science, Red Sonja, East of West, etc, etc, etc) to let all you good folks know that the first half of The Wake is being sold as a collection today for just $9.99 and it is goooooooooood.
Seriously, the ending of issue 5 had my jaw on the floor. Do yourself a favor and check it out.
Kevin’s Picks of The Week (8/28/2013)
- PICK Of THE WEEK: The Wake Directors Cut #1: Two words: Sean. Murphy. I never thought I’d be the type of fan who so eagerly awaited extras for a comic I already own. Then I read The Wake, and knew I needed everything to do with it.
- Magic Whistle #13: Unlike the printed version of this book, the digital has a few colorful goodies sprinkled throughout. Along with the rude, crude humor of Sam Henderson and friends of course. What’s not to love?
- Detectobot #1: This super fun series delivers the goods and does not disappoint. It’s so cool to see Twin brothers Peter and Bobby Timony working together on a book again. Score one for Monekybrain for nabbing this talented duo.
- Rocket Raccoon: Tales From Half World: The complete collection of the original Rocket Raccoon mini-series. We’re talking Mike Mignola art here people!
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Shane’s Picks of the Week (7/31/13)
- PICK OF THE WEEK: Collider #1 - You had me at “Federal Bureau of Physics.” Also the cover reminds me of Jet Set Radio, does anyone remember that game?
- Adventure Time: 2013 Summer Special - What I wouldn’t give for a JakeTent of my very own…
- Captain Marvel #14 - The end of The Enemy Within event. Hope yr brain is okay, Carol!
- The Wake #3 - Two words: Aquatic Primates. Also: Undersea Monsters. Also: Scott Snyder.
Shane is the marketing assistant and is wondering if anyone can lend him their copy of Jet Set Radio.