NYCC 2012: Vertigo Brings THE WAKE from Scott Snyder & Sean Murphy

If you were thinking that Batman, Swamp Thing, and American Vampire aren’t enough, then we’ve got good news for you. Writer Scott Snyder is teaming up with his American Vampire: Survival of the Fittest collaborator Sean Murphy to bring you The Wake from Vertigo Comics. Don’t worry, this series isn’t Snyder’s first foray into a comedy about jet skis, but a horror suspense story going on just beneath the ocean’s surface. While there are elements in previous stories, The Wake marks Snyder’s first significant science fiction story in comics. It will no doubt be a treat to watch Sean Murphy tackle this other strange environment in the way that only he can, as soon as he finishes up Punk Rock Jesus.

Here’s Snyder’s take on the new series.

“I couldn’t be more excited about The Wake! This is a story Sean and I have actually been developing together for more than a year, a big, twisted, sprawling science fiction and horror epic, all of which begins with a single, terrifying discovery at the bottom of the ocean. It’s one of the most ambitious stories I’ve ever done, and there’s no one I’d rather be creating it with than Sean Murphy. Sean’s a great friend and we had a blast together on AMERICAN VAMPIRE: Survival of the Fittest; luckily, he’s also one of the industry’s brightest new stars, someone with unrivaled abilities as a world-builder-every scene he draws is so fully realized, so richly imagined, it’s hugely inspiring working with him, and I’m grateful to him for signing on to be my partner at the end of the world, here.”

The only other thing we know is that it starts up in 2013.


  1. WTF DC-This is a must buy-Take all my money

  2. Just when I thought my day couldn’t get better, here it is!

  3. cant wait it feels like non-superhero comics are becoming more and more main stream, witch can only be a good thing for every one.

  4. So Swamp Thing, Batman, American Vampire, Superman w/ Jim Lee next year, now this…..Thank God for Scott Snyder!

    • Yeah really, does this guy sleep? As excited as I am to have great writing on a bunch of titles in the future, I don’t want Scott to burn out!

  5. It will be morally reprehensible if DC publishes this!

  6. I keep too many tabs open in the browser! Hehe.
    I’m definitely checking out The Wake. Snyder is awesome!

  7. Get scary wet. Hehee…that’s what she said.

  8. NICE.

    I hope this is just the beginning of a resurgent Vertigo line. As much as I’m enjoying several of the really great books from Image and Dark Horse, there’s just something about that Vertigo label.

    • Oh, man…AGREED! It’s seemed for awhile (at least to me) like Vertigo was in danger of being mothballed or rolled back into the DC brand. Too many good titles ended without a continued line-wide commitment to introducing new and exciting titles with ideas outside the mainstream. I couldn’t be more excited at the idea of this series coming out!

    • Yeah. This somewhat assuages my fears.

    • Everyone seems to have left Vertigo for Image or Kickstarter… Which I don’t blame them for. Better deals and they get to keep their creations.

  9. He has like 5 books already. Where does he find the time to write all these?

    • He’s on whatever Johns has been on for the last five years

    • American Vampire is going on hiatus, and I’ve heard other writers say that 4 books is usually a very full schedule. So with The Wake, Batman, Swamp Thing, and the Superman book, I’m sure he’ll be fine. I know he’s currently co-writing Talon as well, but I wouldn’t be shocked if James Tynion takes over sole writing credit within a few issues.

  10. At this point, I’d read the crumpled up first draft of Snyder’s shopping list.

    I’m not even a big horror fan, but I love his stuff.

  11. Home boy is taking all of my money! Can’t wait to read….

  12. He’s doing so much great work that I’m really enjoying! hope he doesn’t stop with this!!

  13. More Scott Snyder — I don’t see him going broke anytime soon. He keeps making it, we’ll keep on buying it.

  14. With this and his Superman maxi series coming it is going to be an orgy of Snyder comics for me in 2013.

    This is probably the most anticipated out of all of them for me though. No disrespect to his work on Batman, American Vampire, Swamp Thing, or his new Superman run (and the amazing artists he works with); but a Vertigo series drawn by one of the best artists DC has right now is just too sweet not to gush over.

  15. I’m in because of Murphys art alone….Snyder is a bonus for me haha.

  16. I read this and asked myself “How is he going to pull off all these books and not have at least one of them suffer in quality?” Then I read that American Vampire is going on a hiatus … question answered