Title: The Wake
Writer: Marguerite Bennett
Artist: Rafael de Latorre
Colorist: Rob Schwager
Letterer: Marshall Dillon
Published by Aftershock Comics on August 2016
For some unknown reasons, animals start to think and talk. While some of them taking revenge to the human, some others try to protect them. And from the moment we start accompany Jesse’s journey with his dog, Sandor, to survive this new world.
The premise and the idea they had for this series are awesome. How could you not getting interested when they promise us to have an apocalypse situation where world is controlled by the animal? How could you notgetting interested when they say that the animals in this series is starting to think and take revenge to the human? They have such great potential but failed to deliver it in the opening issue.
There are various problem in this issue but the one I want tohiglight is the lack of plot in the first issue. What we learn in the first issue is only the fact that the animal start to think and rebel against the human. We even don’t get much info and understanding about out main character, Jesse and Sandor.
But there are also a few good things in here. For ecample is the connection between Jesse and Sandor. Although we don’t know much about the personality from each of them, Jesse and Sandor’s connection to each other is overly cute. Amid a flock of ruthless anger, infestations of murderous rage, and an inexplicable appearance of a bloodthirsty tiger in the middle of Manhattan, there is this one animal who, for his very first words, says, “I love you.”
The art for this issue is also great. After countless Disney movies out there, we could imagine how to draw an murderous look for a tiger. But could you do the same thing for a mice who tired getting killed by human or for two chickens deciding to do away with the rooster that raped them. De Latorre and Schwarger giving us a beautiful range of emotion for the animals without resorting them to cartoonishness while still giving them some sense of individuality.
This issue isn’t that bad. It’s actually a kinda good issue but the only problem in here is they failed to deliver an engaging one to hook the reader to the series even they have so much potential to do so.