Everyone is talking about science fiction summer flick Snowpeircer like it’s the second coming, but the truth is there’s a far better science fiction story taking place this summer and nobody knows about it. The last two issues of Wynter have blown me away in a variety of ways, but can it continue to excel, and more importantly, is it good?
Wynter #3 (New Worlds Comics)
This series has been quite the thinking piece since issue #1, largely because it’s so easy to see our own society developing technology in a similar way. This science fiction story takes place far into the future, where many worlds are populated by billions, people are not unique because our very DNA can only change so much and we all have an inner voice that’s equal parts identity and personal search engine. The threat to the system, so it seems, is feeling special, and getting the idea that you are unique. Hence why humans are born with a computer put into their brain named after them, an inner voice so to speak, that reminds us that we are just one more cog in the machine. It’s at once frightening and interesting.
Writer Guy Hasson has managed to capture this world incredibly vividly, all the while building a strong main character who has come to realize the tech that was so much a part of her life is getting her killed. Our main character, Liz Wynter, is imprisoned due to an app she may or may not have used that killed a whole lot of people. A hunter, a person born to chase down criminals, is after her and there’s almost no escape. That’s because the computers in our heads have enough probability estimates to make the slightest guesswork a reality. It all boils down to a fascinating world, an interesting narrative and a character you can not only relate to, but enjoy in her growing understanding that the way the world works is not alright.
Notice his attraction level is going up.
The pace of the issue is quite good and an improvement on the last. This is a classic chase issue, but due to the ability to tap into tech inside our heads it becomes a bit of a game. I get some major Minority Report vibes from this book too, be it the way the highway is set up or the very notion of computers being everywhere. There is a scene that seems a bit forced, where Liz happens upon a meeting that is about implanting babies with tech that will control their emotions, and it’s hard to believe it’s as easy as peeking into a room to see it. That said, the overall plot is gripping and the information revealed progresses the overarching story nicely.
The art continues to excel and has actually managed to improve over the last issue. Done by Aron Elekes, it always looks realistic, moody and interesting, but this issue breathes a bit better. The last issue had cramped moments and the layouts were hard to follow, but here things are cleaned up and a breeze to follow.
Deleting your saved games can be painful.
Is It Good?
This is the best science fiction comic on the shelves. The concept is intriguing and original and it’s all told in a compelling, original and captivating way. What more could you want?