Saturday, May 12, 2012

Talking Trades: Green Wake Vol. 2

Green Wake has been one hell of a ride. This series is certainly one of the better things I’ve read in the past couple of years. I was amazed by the daring first volume and the introduction to this dark, sometimes obscene, bizarre limbo-like world.

The introduction to Green Wake Volume Two is eerie and beautiful. The subject matter is dark and disturbing leading into Morley’s borderline obscene birth-like journey of the main protagonist Morley, back to “Green Wake.”

“Lost Children” is an almost direct continuation from Volume One if you view the story from Morley’s perspective.

A lot of time has passed in Green Wake- even if we’re not given a direct definition of exactly how much, the signs of times passing are visible in the happenings of Green Wake as the entire social community, climate and governance changes. With Morley’s return there is a new mystery and a social revolt. The inhabitants of Green Wake have spent their time since his exit creating a new world for themselves but once again they are plagued by a series of murders.

As you read through the book you will begin to notice the effect the people and their state of mind have on the makeup of Green Wake. As they change, so does the very creation in which they live. The new changes seem to encompass the newcomer Micah and the citizen’s devotion towards him. On his return, Morley finally unlocks the mystery of Green Wake with the help of his friends, after questioning Micah’s ways and unraveling a series of discoveries.

The script is beautifully written and I felt almost privileged to read it. Kurtis J. Wiebe has made an incredibly personal part of his life incredibly public. Bred of a divorce and used as a guide through a dark time in his life, Wiebe has created this personal world that a lot of people can relate to. If you’ve ever gone through a time where it’s hard to face guilt, loss of love, or a loved one, this story has something you can identify with. Even with the dark narrative I found this story to be incredibly relatable and brilliantly written. Not too often do you find a comic series that comes directly from the creator’s heart and it would be a shame to miss this one.

The art is one of the most beautiful, twisted, and expressive works I have seen. There is a stark contrast between light and dark, beauty and disgust. Rossmo obviously related to the words and completely understood the nature of Wiebe’s story. Unclean lines and messy composition add to the uncertain abstract nature of the story, giving Wiebe’s writing and the world of Green Wake a sense of validity within the pages. I do not think another artist could have done a better job on this series and I will always have the greatest respect for what this creative team has created together.

On all accounts from start to finish this has been one of the greatest series I have read, largely because I really connected with the content. As the mystery of “Green Wake” unfolded, for me that bond with the story and art only got stronger as I could understand where Wiebe’s story was going. This won’t happen in a “Superman” book and you will not find it in the pages of “Uncanny X-Men.” These creators didn’t just write “Green Wake” or simply paint panels. They put themselves into the story.

It’s sad that flashy issues of men in tights get sold more than a story that actually has a point of view and thoughts to share with the world. The comic-reading audience really needs to reevaluate what they’re paying for because while I’m satisfied with “Green Wake: Lost Children,” I’m sorry these creators were rushed to end something they obviously cared so much about, while issues of the latest “Justice League” were flying off the shelves into its third printing.

This volume is fantastically written and perfectly illustrated. There are a lot of ways that the content can be related to which makes it perfect for almost any mature reader. There are a lot of bonus features within the issue including a sketchbook, unused covers, and answers to the mystery of Green Wake laid out by Wiebe himself. If you’re a horror fan, or if you like supernatural mystery, you will greatly appreciate “Green Wake: Lost Children.” Pick it up now at your local comic book shop.

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