COMIC BOOK REVIEW: Wynter — Issues 1 & 2
The tech of Minority Report meets the grit of Robocop meets Dark Knight Returns’ allegory of 24/7 news coverage are what comes to mind with the first two issues of Wynter. Named after its staunch female protagonist Liz Wynter, this science fiction story goes places mainstream books dare not tread.
Wynter is a “name your own price” series from publisher New Worlds Comics, a new digital-only publisher with a revolutionary concept in comic book marketing and distribution. NWC founder and writer Guy Hasson–along with illustrator Aron Elekes–have created a world within the pages of Wynter where all our current fears of a future where real-time data mining algorithms are real and determine our every move and privacy has been extinct for a few millenia have been confirmed and become commonplace. The computations are so accurate, in fact, that any sense of individualism has also been extinguished.
The reason Wynter works has more to do with character development than it does sci-fi, which is honestly refreshing in a genre book. Elekes’s art is truly beautiful–stunning, even–and bridges the story quite nicely.
A couple of things irked me about the book, however. For example, the concept of apps in whatever form being named “iAnything” in the year 9898 seems really short-sighted on the part of the writer. The other annoyance I came across is a closely personal one: the fact that I cannot hold this exquisite book in my hands and flip its printed pages does kind of suck.
I know, I’m a dinosaur living in a techie world.
Considering Marvel and DC’s recent price hike to $4-$5 a book, I suggest you check out Wynter’s first 2 issues and read a real fucking comic.
Here’s New Worlds Comics’ Manifesto:
Top-notch original stories. We’re dedicated to originality and quality.
A story is a writer’s dream. The essence of a story comes from the very core of the writer. One writer shouldn’t handle another’s story. One writer, one story – all the way through.
All stories have endings. A series that doesn’t have an ending won’t have a middle. It will tread water in the same place, as many comic book series do. The middle is an exciting part of the story. As is the ending, even if it’s sad that it is the end.
Some series will end after 12 issues, some after 50. Some more. But all will end.
You should take nothing for granted when you know the story won’t go on forever. Change is guaranteed. Anything can happen.
A second series of a story, a prequel can also happen in New Worlds Comics. But characters and worlds will change as stories continue. Time does pass. Characters do die or change. All stories end.
No continuity. We’re here to create new worlds, not one new world. Each title will be true to its own continuity but will not be a part of other titles’ universes.
Only the best artists for us. Graphic artists should create art, not product. Our comic books are art, not a product.
Artists should be treated as artists. It’s hard making a living as an artist. Artists should be paid each time someone buys their art, regardless of having been paid for doing the work. Every time you buy a comic book, the artist and writer of that work gets a very nice percentage.
Women are heroes. In New World Comics, most (not all) of our titles will have women as the protagonists. If you think women can’t be heroes (super- or otherwise), look out the window. Female secondary characters, even in titles that have men as protagonists, will also be real women. Check out Liz Wynter in Wynter #1 to see what we mean.
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