Scott Snyder ("Batman," "American Vampire," "Superman Unchained") and Sean Murphy ("Punk Rock Jesus") create a tense science fiction thriller worthy of "The X-Files" twisted with "Torchwood" for Vertigo.
After a brief glimpse at a post-Apocalyptic future the story turns to Gig Harbor, Washington where we immediately fall for the hero. Dr. Lee Archer is a marine biologist who pops off the page but soon we learn she has a haunted past and is willing to accept an offer from Homeland Security.
The secret mission to investigate strange whale songs leads Lee and other recruited scientists to a strange oil rig under the Arctic Ocean off Alaska. Snyder and Murphy then reveal a chamber of horrors inside the underwater facility. "The Wake #1" is a tense, smart adventure with a main character you immediately root for and an eerie mystery with echoes of Lovecraftian pulp.