My sincerest apologies that I'm just reading the second arc now. I know I'm late but my lack of funds/money has reduced my hobby of comic reading the past few months. I picked up the first issue of this arc but couldn't continue. But enough of my money woes, I was able to finally pick up the trade and it was a great follow up to the first book. There were some parts I felt definitely could have been paced better but it was only because I know you were expecting to keep on playing with this world before the whole cancellation thing came about. I'm pissed a book of this creativity, depth, and stature couldn't survive in the comic economy. It is this type of book that should be praised and welcomed but people just aren't following or giving it a chance.
I loved all the characters introduced and I loved the returning characters. The focus of Ishum was probably my favorite part of everything and loved the Hecate aspect, although I think I would have liked a longer scene. Morley taking Green Wake for himself and releasing everyone else was a beautiful touch. He found solace and comfort in helping people through their grief and guilt and it connects right back to the beginning of the series as he saw it was his duty to help people get accustomed to Green Wake. I love how we're introduced to him greeting someone on the boat in #1 and here he's releasing the last resident of Green Wake through the boat. Very subtle but effective touch. The Senator revealing himself to be Brutus was also a huge favorite part of mine. VERY nice!
It's really annoying again how we won't get anymore of this series. I liked how in the first arc we saw Esther in the background in one panel and she becomes prominent here. There were other intriguing characters we only saw for a few panels and I would have loved to see the ensemble cast get their focus. I sorta wish the story wasn't wrapped, that there'd be a possibility of a return to this town, but whatever the decision, I got a fantastic and powerful read out of it and it's high on my list of favorite reads. Writing was top notch, art was beyond effective and simply beautiful, great lettering. Wiebe, I am very happy you got to tell this story, knowing what inspired it and it being a personal journey for you, and I am very happy to say that I'm glad to have had the pleasure to experience this journey with you. Thank you for accepting me and others as your Green Wake residents for the time you had us and I know I'll continue to revisit again, no Morley can stop me!
(I'm considering in the near future doing a fan made short film of the book. Crossing my fingers I'll be able to do it given my busy schedule and lack of funds, but will strive for it)
BTW, please tell me you'll be at NYCC this year. I need to get another GW shirt, I think someone stole mine.