Kurtis Wiebe and Riley Rossmo's new 5-issue horror mystery miniseries from Image, Green Wake shares its tone and intent with such venerable mind bending thrillers as Dark City and, as Wiebe and Rossmo are happy to admit, Twin Peaks and Lost. Released earlier this month, the series bring together the twin hooks of amnesia and murder to a small community where inhabitants awake with no memory of how they got there and no obvious connection to one another, nor any obvious point of escape.
From the publishers:
In the forgotten town of Green Wake, a string of grisly mutilations leads Morley Mack on the trail of a young woman named Ariel, who is the prime suspect. But when a stranger with startling connections to Ariel arrives under mysterious circumstances, Morley unravels a dark plot with a surprising link to his past.
From there it becomes something of a detective story with Morley (who narrates the book) in the middle. And Green Wake settles its protagonist among (and at time pits him against, according to Wiebe) an assortment of men and women with varying degrees of normalcy and even remaining humanity in the hopes of solving the mystery which kicks the plot off. Even the very town poses a challenge for Morely, existing as a character in its own right.
You may know Wiebe and Rossmo from their work on The Intrepids (which Wiebe wrote) along with the Sasquatch-meets-X-Files series Proof and the "multiple personality secret agent" series Cowboy Ninja Viking drawn by Rossmo.
Rossmo actually talked a bit about finding the appropriate color palette for the series in David Cronenberg's adaptation of Naked Lunch, with its not infrequent amber tones and pervasive shadows in the imaginary realm of Interzone. Similarly, the town of Green Wake seems bathed in almost oppressive darkness--and oddly, frogs.
To give the plot further verisimilitude (and expanding the mystery somewhat), the series is accompanied by a blog, "What is Green Lake," which is in-character as it were, written from the perspective of Morely's grandson, who discovers journals written by the former detailing his experiences in Green Wake.
The first issue of Green Wake is on shelves now.