Unspeakable – Comic Book Reviews – The Wake


Discredited Marine Biologist Lee Archer is approached by Homeland Security to investigate a mysterious signal. The eerie signal is oddly familiar, and Archer finds herself discovering ancient secrets in an illegal oil rig under the Arctic ice, and things go horribly wrong.

The Wake

  • Publisher: Vertigo
  • Writers: Scott Snyder
  • Artist: Sean Murphy
  • Genre: Horror/Sci-Fi
  • Year: 2014

What’s it all about?

Marine Biologist Lee Archer has been discredited for fighting against a navy sonic weapon due to the devastating effect it would have on the environment. The Department of Homeland Security offer her a way back into the official channels if she helps them look into an eerie sound that has been picked up near the arctic. The sound is hauntingly familiar and Dr. Archer agrees to investigate.

Archer soon finds herself in a secret, illegal undersea oil rig under the Arctic Circle, where a jarring discovery will change the world forever.

The crew of the rig have captured what appears to be a Merman. This vicious, intelligent creature has the power to alter human perception with a fast-acting toxin that lures victims to their deaths with complex delusions of the things they want most.

The Merman soon breaks free and starts flooding compartments of the rig, taking out the crew as they scramble to escape the doomed structure. Before the crew can gather their wits, a whole school of mermen show up, who in turn summon a colossal Merman titan…

What happens next?

The world ends…

The Mer cause tidal waves and drag hot currents to the ice caps, flooding the mainland and waging war against mankind.

200 years later Leeward, (strongly hinted at being a descendant of Dr. Archer) is living in the water-logged wasteland that was the United States, Eking out a living with the help of her a cyborg dolphin. No, really.

The signal that led Dr. Archer to her fate resurfaces and a secret from the dawn of pre-history threatens to destroy what little is left of the government…


Is it any good?

Well, it won of the 2014 Eisner Award for Best Limited Series – which is some legit credit, but besides that, it’s a genuinely gripping story that spans vast millennia and shifts gear (and genre) to provide a break-neck pace and a unique reading experience.

It feels like Attack on Titan + Waterworld + Dethklok’s Murmaider & Go into the Water…..

Is there a movie?

No, but hopefully one day Del Toro or John Carpenter or Edgar Wright will take it up and make a movie, or a mini-series. Meanwhile Films like Alien, The Abyss, Ghosts of Mars
and Deep Blue Sea are good to tide you over after you read the book.


About the Blogger:
Michele Pace Bonello is a board game, horror movie and comic book fan, form Malta – Europe. If you want your comic or game reviewed – send him an e-mail on mpacebonello@gmail.com.


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