The Pull List (11/20/13): The Wake continues to stir

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This week's Title You Can't Miss comes from DC's Vertigo imprint. For months, I've looked forward to picking up The Wake, the sci-fi/horror comic by Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy. What keeps this reader coming back isn't the consistency of the series though, but an ability to take new forms and evolve with each issue, which is no doubt the creative team's intention.

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The narrative focuses on Doctor Lee Archer, a marine biologist, who is called to examine something found deep in the ocean. It's the best (and most frightening) aspects of a Michael Crichton novel, fully visualized in small, monthly doses. The scares of the book range from a slow burn, as in learning how we eventually arrive to a flooded and decimated future, to your classic, "Do I really want to turn this page?" thrills. It's not just the creatures that stay in the back of your mind; there's something more to dwell on with each part.

It's unfortunate that most series tend to equate "horror comics" with zombies, vampires, or something equally played out. Snyder and Murphy provide something truly special with The Wake, and I'm hoping that this 10-issue series is able to continue on in some form, some new evolution.

Now, let's check out what else the week has to offer.

DC Comics
100 BULLETS BROTHER LONO #6
ANIMAL MAN #25
BATMAN 66 #5
BATMAN AND TWO FACE #25
BATMAN BEYOND UNIVERSE #4
BATMAN DETECTIVE COMICS HC VOL 03 EMPEROR PENGUIN (N52)
BATMAN DETECTIVE COMICS TP VOL 02 SCARE TACTICS (N52)
BATWOMAN #25
BIRDS OF PREY #25 (ZERO YEAR)
FABLES #135
FAIREST IN ALL THE LAND HC
FOREVER EVIL ROGUES REBELLION #2
GREEN LANTERN NEW GUARDIANS #25
HARLEY QUINN #0
HE MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE #8
MAD PRESENTS SPY VS SPY FIGHT TO THE FINISH TP
RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #25 (ZERO YEAR)
SCOOBY DOO TEAM UP #1
SUPERGIRL #25
TRINITY OF SIN PANDORA #5
VERTIGO ESSENTIALS FABLES #1
WAKE #5
WONDER WOMAN #25
WORLDS FINEST TP VOL 02 HUNT AND BE HUNTED (N52)

Marvel Comics
A PLUS X #14
A PLUS X TP VOL 02 EQUALS AMAZING
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN EPIC COLL TP COSMIC ADVENTURES
AVENGERS #23 INF
AVENGERS AI #6
CABLE AND X-FORCE #16
CAPTAIN AMERICA LIVING LEGEND BY ALLRED POSTER
CATACLYSM ULTIMATES #1
DAREDEVIL #33
DEXTER #5
FANTASTIC FOUR #14
INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #15
LONGSHOT SAVES MARVEL UNIVERSE #2
SECRET AVENGERS #11 INF
SECRET AVENGERS BY RICK REMENDER TP VOL 03
SPIDER-MAN VS VENOM BY CAMPBELL POSTER
SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #1
SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN TEAM UP #6 NOW
TAKIO 2 GN HC
THUNDERBOLTS #18 INF
UNCANNY X-FORCE TP VOL 02 TORN AND FRAYED
UNCANNY X-MEN #14
WOLVERINE MAX #13
WOLVERINE ORIGIN II BY KUBERT POSTER
X-MEN #7
X-MEN LEGACY #20
X-MEN TP SKINNING OF SOULS
X-MEN TP VOL 01 PRIMER
YOUNG AVENGERS #12

Dark Horse Comics
1 FOR $1 STAR WARS LEGACY #1
BALTIMORE HC VOL 03 PASSING STRANGER & STORIES
BERSERK TP VOL 37
BPRD HELL ON EARTH #113
BRAIN BOY #3
BUZZKILL #3
CONAN THE BARBARIAN #22
DARK HORSE PRESENTS #30
FIFTH BEATLE THE BRIAN EPSTEIN STORY COLLECTORS ED
KISS ME SATAN #3
LAST MAN STANDING KILLBOOK BOUNTY HUNTER HC
MAGNUS ARCHIVES TP VOL 02
OH MY GODDESS RTL TP VOL 45
SO I SURVIVED ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE & ALL I GOT WAS PODCAST TP
STAR WARS DARTH VADER NINTH ASSASSIN HC
STAR WARS DAWN O/T JEDI FORCE WAR #1
STAR WARS LEGACY II TP VOL 01 PRISONER O/T FLOATING WORLD
STRAIN THE FALL #5
VIOLENT CASES HC

IDW Publishing
BEN 10 #1
BEN 10 CLASSICS TP VOL 01 BEN HERE BEFORE
DOCTOR WHO CLASSICS TP VOL 09
DOCTOR WHO PRISONERS OF TIME #12
JINNRISE #8
MAGIC THE GATHERING THEROS #1 2ND PTG
MARS ATTACKS THE HUMAN CONDITION TP
MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC #13
MY LITTLE PONY MICRO FUN PACK DSP
MY LITTLE PONY PINKIE PIE LITHOGRAPH SIGNED ED
MY LITTLE PONY RAINBOW DASH LITHOGRAPH SIGNED ED
SAMURAI JACK #2
TMNT NEW ANIMATED ADVENTURES #5
TRANSFORMERS DARK CYBERTRON #1 DLX ED [P+]
TRANSFORMERS MORE THAN MEETS EYE #23 DARK CYBERTRON PART 2
TRUE BLOOD TP VOL 02 TAINTED LOVE

Image Comics
A VOICE IN THE DARK #1
CLONE #12
GHOSTED #4 2ND PTG
LAST CHRISTMAS HC
MICE TEMPLAR HC VOL 04 .1 LEGEND
NOWHERE MEN TP VOL 01 FATES WORSE THAN DEATH
SAVAGE DRAGON #192
SEX CRIMINALS #3
SHELTERED #5
TODD THE UGLIEST KID ON EARTH #7
VELVET #1 2ND PTG
ZERO #3

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