At New Worlds Comics, Guy Hasson and artist Aaron Elekes have introduced Wynter to the comic audience, and thank goodness. Wynter is a refreshing, futuristic, cyberpunk, tale with some of the elements that I would dare to compare with Masamune Shirow’s Ghost In the Shell. Wynter starts off quick and does not stop. It held my interest and made me want more.
The story follows Liz Wynter through her daily life, which is anything but normal. Wynter is a loner, slacker, hacker, emo, wild child, 17 years old, and already bored to death with life. She constantly searches for something that will make her stand out from society, something that will maker her noticeable. Mostly, at the base of her disdain, she is out to change her destiny, but is not sure how to do so. However, she does have a lot of contacts and knows where to get her fix if she needs a burst of excitement in her life. Her friend Shane enters mid-way through the first issue, and by chance, makes Wynter an offer she doesn’t refuse. What happens next is a life changing event that Wynter cannot run away from. I suppose this is the excitement she is looking for, but not quite of this magnitude.
Truth be told Liz Wynter is a bum. A young millennial always whining about how boring life is.
Her character isn’t particularly likable, altruistic or seeking to make the world a better place. And this is what is so alluring about her. I could relate to her character, but, she also proves that anybody can experience drastic change at the blink of an eye. Most people never know when that moment will happen for them, but in this case its totally by accident. Hasson is not trying to force some sort of superhero down our throats, but offer a realistic view of what happens when an ‘ordinary’ person gets themselves in such deep shit, now that whole world knows who you are.
I have to applaud Hasson and Elekes for superb introduction into cyberpunk universe they have created. There is a lot to handle here, but it does not feel like information overload or feel rushed. The reader is given just enough in issue one to make you want to know more. Personally, it kept me on the edge of my seat. Also, the insertion of various elements of current pop culture is a genius move. Elekes’s artwork is imperfect perfection as he sets the tone for what the reader sees. The dark, seedy, yet detailed work really shows what the world looks like through Wynter’s eyes.
Overall, Wynter is top notch comic reading. I could easily imagine this getting a cinematic adaptation because it is that good. This title deserves even more recognition than it has already received, and those that have not read this are really missing out on great story-telling and fantastic art. The title is being offered for FREE at the New Worlds Comics website. I suggest you go download yourself issue #1. Trust me, it will not disappoint!
Wynter is for ages 16+