Writer: Guy Hasson
Art: Aron Elekes
Being a fan of Sci-Fi, I can’t believe the new comic series published by New Worlds Comics has been under my radar until it reached issue number three but seeing as it only fairly recently made it onto Comixology, I think I may be forgiven. Anyway, to follow up on John’s review of issues 1 and 2, I’ve now read all three and I’m pleased to report that the story manages to maintain the excellent standard it started with.
For the benefit of those who haven’t read John’s review (or have REALLY short memories) “Wynter”, by writer Guy Hasson and artist Aaron Elekes, takes it title from the protagonist of the book, Liz Wynter, a 17 year old girl who struggles with the concept that in an overcrowded world, she isn’t unique or special. The story is set in the far future, where the sheer saturation of humanity populating the galaxy means every possible permutation of DNA has already been born, repeatedly, and the ultimate incarnation of the smartphone is now embedded within your head. This technology interprets everything you see, say or think, which is then processed and commented on by the intelligent technology in a constant reminder that millions of people are doing the exact same thing as the user at any particular moment.
Using a teenager as the protagonist in this dystopian future is, I think, a smart move by the writer – in parallels to our current society, who else is more perfect to illustrate an over reliance on social media and the utter despair of a meaningless existence than a teenager, right?
The premise of the story comes from an accidental use of restricted technology, which leads to Liz being the target of a government agent as a cat and mouse game develops between the two. As the story progresses, we learn more about their characters through their own social media history, in what is, I believe, a prediction on how far it becomes integrated into our future society, and also a warning of the same.
Issue 3 picks up where issue 2 left off (somewhat obviously) and for pretty much the whole book we see Liz trying to escape the lethal Agent Grace sent to kill her, by desperately trying to not be predictable when her pursuer knows everything about the way she thinks. Thanks to Hasson’s writing, there are times when you can almost feel Liz’s tension and unlike Agent Grace, we genuinely don’t know how things will end for her… and I don’t think ANYBODY could predict the cliffhanger ending!
So far I’m impressed at the pacing Hasson has scripted, there never seems to be a dull moment as every image and piece of narrative or dialogue seems necessary and it keeps you interested to see where the rabbit hole takes you next. Speaking of the images, I have to give a special mention goes to Aaron Elekes’ art whose impressive style looks hand painted in a muted colour palette and evokes memories of the 1994 DC prestige format series “The Books Of Magic” – which is a good thing, for those under 30 – and I know John would disagree with me but I personally like it!
As with all entertainment media these days, it seems that most creativity comes from the independent sector and this is certainly the case with “Wynter” – it looks great and, even if the story isn’t entirely original in it’s setting, it’s certainly an example of how to craft an excellent story.
I can highly recommend “Wynter”, but owing to it’s heavy reliance on Science Fiction it may not be to everybody’s taste.
A good 4 out of 5 pops from me!
review by Paul Terry
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