What better way to celebrate the Independence Day weekend than by reading an indie comic book. Today we will be looking at a COC from New Worlds Comics. Wynter 1 was written by Guy Hasson and the art chores were handled by Aron Elekes.
This is a fun one for me as I have been watching a fair bit of Doctor Who lately and this scratches my sci-fi itch.
The tag line on the cover is “Meet Liz Wynter…She’s No One Special.” This line brings up one of the cool philosophical questions that seem to be at the root of the story. And this is a very cerebral story.
Guy does an excellent job of world-building in this issue as we learn about the world Liz lives in and what makes her “No One Special.” This is set in a dystopian future where everyone including Liz have their own personal computer in their heads to remind them they will never be special.
This tale is of a humanity that has expanded across galaxies and colonized planets. The reason Liz is not special is because her DNA combinations have been expressed numerous times on numerous worlds and it is all catalogues and recorded down to her thoughts.
Did I mention this is scratching that love of sci-fi? This is a killer concept that Guy Hasson has come up with asking us the question “What if every thought you had was already thought by countless others?”
There are also neat tricks like the people in this story being given a percent of how attracted someone is to them by their onboard computer. Much like the smart phones of today, the characters in this story have apps for their personal systems and this is what sets up our key mystery and a cliffhanger ending.
This book has pulled me in with the story and some parallels to our own modern times which is always a hallmark of great sci-fi stories. That being said, what is a comic without art?
I have never seen Aron Elekes’s art before but it really creates the mood of the story. While I am no art expert, it seems to me that his art has a painterly quality to it. The characters are often expressive and sell the general feeling of the story and the lack of hope Liz feels at times.
The world itself when glimpsed around our main characters is futuristic while at the same time striking a balance of the familiar. This future is played as if most of the characters believe it is a utopia except for mentions of the teenaged residents wanting to rebel against it. This mention is handled cleverly in story by a commercial from a familiar face.
There is a second photo referenced character that made me laugh toward the end of the issue as it seemed very fitting to the protagonist’s situation.
The coloring and lighting which I believe was also handled by Mr. Elekes is really handled well throughout the story. I don’t know of it was his intention, but the environment shown is Orwellian to me. It is actually how I would see 1984 in my own head.
At times this world seems sterile and wrong despite the underlying idea thatbot is part of an expanding empire. There were times throughout the story where the lighting and coloring had me convinced something truly evil was going on behind the scenes.
This story pulled me right in and I will be interested to see what comes next. I recommend this for any fan of hard sci-fi with a bit of mystery sewn into the story. You can find Wynter issues 1 through 4 on Comixology so stop on by and give this series a shot.