Monday, May 26, 2014

Wynter #1 Review

Written by: Guy Hasson
Art by: Aron Elekes
Cover Price: $1.99
Release Date: Available Now in App Store (here) and May 28, 2014 on Comixology

Everyone Wants to be Special, Don't They? 

In the future, no one is special, but Liz Wynter knows better.  What happens when you don't listen to the voice in your head and instead do the unpredictable?

Science Fiction was my first love, after maybe fluffernutter sandwiches.  I read and watched everything I could from The Stars My Destination to Galactica 1980. Yes, Galactica 1980.  While I still love everything Sci Fi, I haven't been able to review much of it.  Here at Weird Science, Eric reviews all the Lantern books, so my plate is pretty empty.  New World Comics to the rescue!  Though we usually have a strict DC only policy, we agreed to include independent comics as well.  It's a little loophole I like to exploit now and again to review books that look interesting.  Well, Wynter looks interesting, but is it any good?  The quick answer is "Yes".

Liz Wynter is not special.  In fact, an app in her head constantly reminds her.  Every action, every thought, basically everything can be determined based on past situations and formulas.  The Government likes it that way, in fact they demand it.  How else can they control the thousands of worlds under their rule?  However, what happens when someone breaks the rules?  Doesn't everyone want to be special?

Guy Hasson has crafted a very disturbing world.  Disturbing, because you can see the beginnings in our everyday life.  Twitter, Google Glass, apps, long before we have a neural implant to do it all? Throw in a Big Brother Government (which again, isn't a stretch) and we have a world I wouldn't want to live in.  However, this is exactly the places that Sci Fi fans like to visit.

Then there is Liz.  She tells us at the beginning that she isn't special.  Her actions tell us otherwise.  Hasson doesn't hold the readers hand introducing the setting or his heroine.  He lets us gather information and come to our own conclusions.  Most of what we learn comes from interaction and dialogue between Liz and her neural implant.  It's a unique inner monologue that shows the conflict between what Liz wants to be and what she's supposed to be.  Fans of Starship Troppers may find the voice of the neural propaganda very familiar.

The story flows organically from the conflict of the main character and the world she is in.  Liz wants to be special in a world where that's forbidden.  While some may find the pacing a little slow at first, the book benefits from it by the end.  Hasson lets the reader see the average routine and needs of Liz and when we get invested in her, pulls the rug out from under her and the readers feet.  If the main goal of a first issue is to get the reader to come back for more then mission accomplished.  I  really want to see what happens next.

Aron Elekes' art is great.  It's a painted style that immediately jumps out and impresses.  Though, it may be a little dark at times, it fits the story and the world.  This issue is a little static and I can't wait to see how his style fits a more action oriented issue.  I also have to give him credit for the best Judge Judy I've seen in comics.

Bits and Pieces:

Wynter #1 is a really good start to a new series.  Anyone looking for a dark, mature, dystopian sci fi story need look no further.  Guy Hasson and Aron Elekes have started something special here and I am looking forward to reading more.  Highly Recommended.


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