I had been thinking for a while that I wanted to add a section to the Taylor Network page focusing on all things independent. A few weeks ago – on cue – I received a message from Guy Hasson. Hasson is CEO of New Worlds Comics – an independent digital-only comic book publisher. PERFECT. We exchanged a few messages and I received the first two issues of his book Wynter. Wynter is written by Hasson himself with art and cover by Aron Elekes.
When 17-year-old Liz Wynter goes to sleep, commercials play in her head. When she wakes up, she checks out how many people followed her dreams and how many saw them. It’s the future. When she feels special, a voice in her head tells her: “5.4 Billion+ had the same feeling in the last 4 seconds. Would you like to know who they are?” How can you feel special when everything’s been done before, been felt before, been thought of before? How can you be special if there are so many people in the galaxy that every day three more are born with your DNA? This is the story of Liz Wynter. She’s not special.
Anyone who has listened to the show or read what I have written (so, 5 of you…) knows I am an art junkie. When I opened the file for the first book, my screen was filled with a breathtaking cover. This is truly a book that would have caught my attention because of the cover. Elekes’ art and colors inside the book are amazing page after page. Just BRILLIANT.
Then there is the story. Hasson’s character Liz Winter reminds me a little of Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. A punkish, pierced, bad ass chick. Her inner voice is like Siri’s evil twin – programmed to remind you every second of everyday that you are NOT special…. and provide statistics to back it up. Every thought or feeling is countered with a response from the voice in her head – a constant reminder. She then gets her hands on something that could change her life – and the world(s)… and the adventure begins. No, I am not going to tell you more. You will have to read for yourself.
This futuristic science fiction story left me wanting more. I was hooked by the end of the first book – and the second cemented it. This book is both beautiful and well written. I highly recommend this book. This little review come to you just in time to grab the book on comiXology. Wynter is available May 28. you can also check out the web page from more from New Worlds Comics. Definitely check out New World Comics and Wynter. If you think you can trust a rookie…