Thanks to BOOM! Studios for the review copy!
WYND, a new series from BOOM!, wastes no time kicking things off in the first few pages. In an effort to avoid spoilers, I’m avoiding specifics in this review, but it’s the kind of ‘disorienting drop you in the middle of things’ start that causes you to ask a ton of questions and draws you in to read further.
After the opening, the book slows things down, gradually revealing the world and introducing new characters. The series is set in a ‘world of magic from long ago’ that many comics use, but it adds enough new concepts to make it original and interesting. While the book is named after Wynd, there are many other interesting characters that have real promise. What I like most about this issue is the plethora of tantalizing clues in the characters’ conversations that show potential for some interesting universe building.
WYND’s art combines a warm cutesy character style with a muted color palette, making for an interesting combination. This is an admittedly bad comparison, but the art reminded me of Stephen Universe with less vivid coloring. The exaggerated style allows the book to have clearly differentiated characters, which helps when you are trying to get into a new book.
While this book doesn’t have curse words and is generally family friendly, there was one scene of violence that shocked me. It wasn’t anything particularly graphic, but given the art style, I wasn’t expecting it. I don’t think it should dissuade you from allowing younger readers to check out this book, but you may want to preview it first to make your own decision.
The first issue of WYND does an excellent job of introducing the world and characters. As the issue spends most of its time setting things up, don’t expect an issue filled with action. I get the sense that isn’t what this book is going to be about anyway. What WYND does most effectively is create enough interest in learning more about what it teased to want to read issue 2.
WYND #1 is set for release on June 20th.
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