What can I say about this book? Scott Snyder is arguably the hottest writer out there now and any work outside of Batman that he does will be scrutinized with the best of them. That doesn’t stop him from pursuing different avenues of story telling like we see here, which makes me all the more happy.
Scott Snyder is an intelligent man and a great writer. Reading any of the first three issues of The Wake proves that. This issue is just the same. Since issue #1 mystery and intrigue have taken a front seat to anything else. However, what we see here is a more action packed issue than what we have come to expect. Puzzle pieces are falling into place and the overarching story is taking shape. Now we understand, at least we think we do, the meaning behind the fanciful, abstract “hallucinations” of issues past. We now understand more clearly each character’s role in the scheme of things. We now understand what that “mermaid monster’s” calls are. Or so we think. That is the beauty of Scott Snyder’s work. We just don’t know. And that is what makes me want more.
While this issue is a good read, I felt that the dialogue was gaudy at times, getting bit by a monster in the shoulder would cripple me, however, it gives one such character a moment to make a clever quip on the matter. The art work is brilliant as it has been since the beginning. If every comic was drawn this way, I wouldn’t complain. The art is on par with the best the industry has to offer.
I like where this story is going and can’t wait for the next issue. We are just three issues in and already have been exposed to so much. Where we go from here is anyone’s guess. And that is what makes this series so exciting.