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A new species has been discovered at the bottom of the ocean, and as a result people are dying. Is it the missing link? Or a link to something even bigger? Marine biologist Lee Archer and her crew have to find out before things get much, much worse…

Written by: Scott Snyder
Art by: Sean Murphy
Cover by: Sean Murphy
Variant Cover by: Dustin Nguyen

Price: $2.99
iFanboy Community Pick of the Week Percentage: 11.0%


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  1. Good so far, keep it up!

  2. Just re-read issues 1 and 2 the other day and the story is solid if a bit derivative and populated with cookie cutter characters – but I can look past those weaknesses and appreciate what Snyder is doing here, telling a compelling yarn with stunning art.

    • Agreed, the characters do feel very stock but the art and overall story are keeping me interested in this. Hope we got more of the other timeframes in this issue!

    • Avatar photo ochsavidare (@ochsavidare) says:

      I think that stock characters sometimes can be a strength. We all know the types, the strong guy, the scientist etc and we all know how a type of story with those kind of characters usually turns out. If Snyder uses those expectations to throw us for a loop it can be really cool.

      And also if for nothing else, this is worth it for Murphy’s art, as you said.

    • Thinking about that comment got me thinking; “Does Snyder use alot of stock characters?”. Stephen King does it too, but I think some stories need more than just Character A,B,C and D. Maybe that’s why I hate Harper Row, because she doesn’t feel original to me. Or maybe I just don’t like her. Maybe ‘all” characters are stock characters, I don’t know. What I do know, is issue 1’s plot reminded me of “Aliens vs Predator” the movie. And that right there was a (BIG) drawback.

  3. I have to agree with what was said above, this is going along well…

    Now really surprise me and inspire, if you please!

  4. So yeah, this is probably gonna be POTW. It’s up against heavy competition and yet they have no shot against this.

    I am confident this is going to be pick.

  5. The sea monsters remind me of the Trench with a merman twist. I wonder if Johns is somewhere raising an eyebrow.

  6. Has the quality of the book gone up the past 2 issues? Issue 1 didn’t impress me, and I didn’t finish issue 2. Thinking of just skipping this.

  7. JML ( says:

    I don’t know if this was pick of the week, but it definitely had the best final page of the week.

  8. 3 issues in a row and it’s POTW. That’s gotta be a record for me….

    Seriously, fantastic issue again by Snyder and Murphy. Some wonderful pages and sequences in here. I especially loved how Snyder made it impossible to tell what was real or not with the monster. The moment we realize Bob is fucked it was threw me for a loop and it was executed perfectly. That and I loved the ‘Clever Girl’ semi-reference with the hunter. Cliche I know, but still a funny moment.

    Are we all in agreement that THE WAKE is easily the best new series (mini or otherwise) of 2013? Cause that’s certainly the case for me.

    5/5 (POTW)

  9. anyone else google the shit out of the 52 hertz whale?

    how does Snyder come up with this stuff? Man’s a genuis

  10. great read and fast pacing so far, look forward to this book each month and the art is amazing and i’m getting a kick out of seeing how the front covers all line up, will make a great piece when it’s done i’m sure.

  11. Best issue yet. True horror, great art, very suspenseful. Superb storytelling. Likely to be my POTW but we’ll see.

  12. My store didn’t have this or last issue. Either it’s selling really well or they just didn’t order very many of it – sadly I think it’s the latter. I didn’t love the first issue so I could take it or leave it, but it would be nice if other folks got the chance to buy it since so many of you guys think so highly of it.

  13. Avatar photo ochsavidare (@ochsavidare) says:

    Loved this issue! It had the feel of a real Alien/The Abyss kind of story, being trap in a confined space with some strange creature starting to kill everybody. Absolutely brilliant!

  14. I feel like Matt Hollingsworth is not getting enough credit for his work on this book. I’m liking the story well enough, and I’m loving Sean Murphy’s illustrations, but I don’t think I’d still be buying this book if wasn’t being colored so beautifully.

    Scott Snyder tweeted an image of a finished page minus the line art — it’s awesome. Check it out:

    • Avatar photo ochsavidare (@ochsavidare) says:

      I often feel that the colorist don’t get enough love, since its such a big part of the art. And as you say, the colors have been absolutely fantastic on this book!

    • @Ken/Och: I am a bit annoyed that Hollingsworth isn’t getting his name on the cover. He is just as integral to this series as much as Snyder and Murphy. Maybe it doesn’t fit well aesthetically with the cover designs but he deserves recognition! Dagnabbit!

    • Avatar photo ochsavidare (@ochsavidare) says:

      Totally agree!

  15. Anyone ever see that Discovery Channel mockumentary Mermaids: The Body Found? Because after reading the first three issues of this I’m pretty sure Snyder has…

    • Most definitely. I happened to like that mockumentary a lot, and could tell from the solicit to #1 thst this was going to b a mermaid book. Snyders done a good job making a horror book out of the source material. I cant help myself but hear that female scientist s voice everytime I read Lee Archers dialog, strange pauses and all.

  16. “Merman, Pop…merMAN!”

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