Indie science fiction may not be so cinematic, but is usually rife with ideas. That’s what you get with Wynter. So far it’s been a top notch comic with plenty of cool ideas and we have the fourth issue to check out, but is it good?
Wynter #4 (New Worlds Comics)
Writer Guy Hasson has created a world where you are not unique; in fact, there are multiple versions of yourself elsewhere. This is because there are trillions of humans on multiple worlds and every one of them has a voice in their head. The voice is their own, but it also serves as a search engine and connection to the technology in their lives. The voice is also there to remind us we are not special. The problem is the minute you feel special terrorist thoughts, or other unsanctioned behavior creeps in. Protagonist Liz Wynter recently realized she is in fact special and now she has a hunter, a person born to chase down criminals, after her and there’s almost no escape. Last issue Liz escaped only to fall into the hands of the same man…only 20 years younger.
Guy Hasson writes an issue very focused on Liz Wynter, the stress she’s going through and a story to allow her to recharge her batteries. If you hadn’t read the first issue, or the summary above, you’d have no idea she’s staying with another version of the man chasing her, which is a problem as it’s important to the complexity of Wynter’s situation. Aside from that the issue focuses on Wynter’s impending psychological break. The hunter knows it’s going to happen—everything in this universe is predictable to the decimal—and this issue is really a waiting game for said breakdown. That makes things a little less interesting. It doesn’t help that new ideas and tech aren’t introduced either, but it’s still a well written and well paced issue.
The art is broken up between series regular Aron Elekes and newcomer Vincent Kings. Elekes continues to do some spectacular work in his lifelike depictions of characters. He also sets the mood with incredible use of color that makes a character’s emotions pop a bit more. For instance, at one point Wynter takes a shower in a red light, but as the scene takes place the color turns to purple. It’s a subtle effect that not only shows progress in the scene but creates an emotional impact.
Kings isn’t quite as realistic in his depiction of people; his work has a more surreal feel that reminds me of the film Walking Life. The characters still have a photographic quality but aren’t quite as realistic as they should be to fit with Elekes’ work. It’s not that Kings’ work is bad, it’s that it creates a jarring change to the narrative that isn’t conducive to a solid story.
Detective work is very mathematical in the future.
Is It Good?
A good issue that delves into the protagonist’s head, but doesn’t offer as many science fiction ideas or psychological concepts as previous issues.