Wake 4/5: The Sign of the demons

Wake 4/5: The Sign of the demons

by Jean-David Morvan, Philippe Buchet, Philippe Buchet

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Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
Morvan and Buchet offer a full-color sci-fi volume containing two stories, both dealing with the Wake universe, a convoy of spaceships from various civilizations seeking new planets to inhabit. On one planet the Wake explorers discover a human girl, Navee, who was abandoned and raised by robots. The convoy takes Navee on board and trains her. Acting as Wake's special agent, Navee is front and center in both stories. During the first, she sets out for the planet of Hurumaru, which resembles medieval Earth and discovers the Escots, a nation of serfs revolting against their world's dominant races. In the second story, the Ftross, a people oppressed in the convoy, begin committing terrorist acts as a way of retaliating, and eventually take Navee as a hostage. In this tale, Morvan sympathetically portrays the Ftross. He seems to want to create a greater understanding for our planet's neglected populations in the process, as well as for the inhabitants of Wake, a United Nations of space travelers. This work will mostly appeal to teenagers-like Navee, who appears to be about 16. She's tough but compassionate, as her understanding of the Ftross illustrates. Morvan also injects humor into his stories with good-natured antagonism surfacing among the convoy's inhabitants, including between Navee and her assistant, Snivel. Buchet's artwork consistently impresses; his somewhat cartoony, detail-filled style draws on European and American influences. The draftsmanship's neat, precise quality and vibrant coloring, and the book's large size, which allows 10 or 12 panels to fit easily on a page, help the story move briskly. (Aug.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
The feisty young woman Navee is the only human member of Wake, an intergalactic multispecied convoy in search of new, livable planets. In volume four, Navee's team is sent to a planet where the Wake's Observers-specialists sent to unobtrusively observe cultures-have disappeared. What they find is a class uprising with surprising origins that will reach back to Wake. Volume five deals with the actions of a dissatisfied lower class closer to home, as one of Wake's own member species resorts to terrorist tactics to call attention to its plight. Navee becomes involved as the oppressed Ftoross threaten to eradicate an entire species-not difficult when that species consists of one member: Navee. Buchet's art is so colorful, clean, and visually arresting that it is easy to overlook the complexity of the world created by writer Morvan. It is not all original; one can easily spot anime derivations in the art, and the Wake concept has existed at least since Ursula K. Le Guin's Left Hand of Darkness (Walker, 1969). These influences merely enhance enjoyment, as there is still plenty of creativity. The bright, vibrant art contrasts with the somber and timely subject matter. Na�ve Navee is a perfect foil to examine social and political issues, and she is used to full effect. The violence required by the stories is plentiful but not overdone, and swearing consists largely of strange alien words. Those unfamiliar with the Wake series should have little difficulty catching up, as these two volumes (packaged as one book) sprinkle background throughout. VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P J S A/YA G (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; SeniorHigh, defined as grades 10 to 12; Adult and Young Adult~G). 2003, NBM, G96p,
— Lisa Martincik
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Adult/High School-Two stories from an ongoing series of French graphic novels are combined in this single, satisfying volume. The action centers on Wake, an enormous armada of space vessels carrying countless intelligent species as they search for habitable worlds to colonize. Among them is Navee, a feisty, free-spirited, and powerful girl who happens to be the only known representative of the human race. In the first story, she and a motley crew of operatives find that attempts at contact with a medieval planet have been compromised by politics on both sides. The second installment follows a group of terrorists who attack Wake in order to draw attention to the living conditions in its slums. Fans of Star Wars will find themselves on familiar ground here, in a work rich with spaceships, aliens, adventure, and humor. Throughout, good and evil remain comfortably separated, yet the line between them is blurred just enough to keep things interesting. The artwork is vibrant, lush, and often meticulous in its representation of the intricacies of Navee's world. The complex relationships and politics can be confusing at times, particularly for readers who are entering the series midway, but those who stick with it will be rewarded with fun, thoughtful science fiction. At times, Navee's outfit of choice is little more than a leather bikini (which is still more modest than her garb in earlier collections).-Douglas P. Davey, Guelph Public Library, Ontario, Canada Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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