Being an avid manga reader for the mostly shojo manga genre, I’d say I’m really well acquainted with the style and types of stories that come out of it. I’ll admit that I’ve read more manga than regular comics and graphic novels you see being published from the likes of Marvel or DC. When review copies for a recently published indie digital comic book series entitled Wynter found its way into my inbox last month, I’d say this was a great opportunity to see what other stories and great art I may be missing out on by limiting my reading to just manga.
Wynter is written by Guy Hasson and illustrated by Aron Elekes. This sci-fi series follows main protagonist Liz Wynter, a 17-year-old girl who lives in a grim reality where people’s DNA is nothing special and your every thought and move is easily predictable before someone has a chance to think it. Issue #1 sets up who Liz is and what it’s like living in her world. Issue #2 is where the action really starts to pick up and begins to establish Liz inching closer to fulfilling a long-held desire to be special out of all the other DNA copies that are out there of her.
Admittedly, I’m not the biggest sci-fi fan out there. I may enjoy watching TV shows and films or even playing video games from the sci-fi genre, but when it comes to reading anything sci-fi, I have a weird history of gravitating more towards reading fantasy. Maybe I haven’t found that one sci-fi story that will keep me engaged long enough to want to get sucked into its world and characters. Who knows? That being said, Wynter does have solid writing and the artwork is especially stunning to look at page after page. The dark and gritty tone of the overall art style propels readers into the reality Liz has to experience on a day-to-day basis and it sure isn’t your sunshine and rainbows kind of place to be. Not that you would want it to be if you decided to read this series, of course.
The first issue of Wynter was a bit slow to start, but it’s to be expected when you’re trying to set up the character and establish the world they live in. It does pick up toward the end of the issue and doesn’t stop gaining in traction into Issue #2. Personally, I still can’t quite get into the story of Wynter, but it has more to do with my lack of interest in reading the sci-fi genre as a whole and less to do with the writing of Hasson. This comic book series does have promise and the careful attention to detail in both the writing and artwork should be enough to engage any fan of sci-fi.
If you’re also looking for more stories with female characters in a more prominent role, then look no further than Wynter. While there’s only two issues currently published of the series, Liz will no doubt develop into a strong female character who will become special and change the world. How she’ll do that remains to be seen. Any comic book that has a female character as their lead in their story is always a welcome addition in the comic book world that could always use more like it.
Reviewer Rating: 8.5/10
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