The Waking is a crime/horror story based around what happens to four detectives as they deal with a case of victims come back for revenge. This first issue is a laugh out loud romp with four detectives dealing with what they think is are routine murders.
Keith O'Brien and Laurence Williams are the first two partners we meet while they're investigating a crime scene. The banter between the two is very similar to the television series LAW AND ORDER. The two bicker back and forth as they assess the scene and try to make heads or tails as to how the victim died and why.
The second two partners are Vanessa Pelagreno and the as yet to be named Narrator. The pair arrive on scene to investigate a hit and run. Again the buddy cop banter between the two has you laughing more than your concerned with the actual crime itself.
As the issue progresses, the bodies of the victims seem to get up and walk out of the morgue. A homeless man is seen walking around throughout the issue and will play a much bigger role in the grand story. Trust me I've read the entire series and this is just the tip of the iceberg.
This story has a very LAW AND ORDER meets THE CROW feel to it. If you've read Raven's other creator owned story The Gift, you'll know that there is more going on than meets the eye. There are a lot of subplots being laid while the main story itself is progressing.
The art for the story is provided by Vic Drujiniu. Vic's artwork really adds to the feel and flow of the story. Keep your eyes on this guy because he will definitely be making a splash in 2010.
I wouldn't be surprised if this was just the beginning of another set of stories that Raven's got cooking on the back burners.
The Waking #1 and #2 have been solicited in the December 2009 issue of Previews Magazine, and will be available in stores on February 3rd and 17th respectively, with each issue costing $3.99