Writers: James Tynion IV
Art: Michael Dialynas
Letters: Andworld Design
After a few months, BOOM is, at last, release the second part of Wynd’s story. A story about a world of fantasy shut away from a boy belongs to it. A story about self-discovery, friendship, and adventure. I’m really glad, Wynd is back on the stands.
Issue #7 of Wynd’s story starts off with Titus, the ex-cook at Molly’s bodega, and Ash, the ex-gardener at the King’s castle, both being called in prison by Basil, the King’s right-hand man and also loyal to the Duke, the King’s brother. Basil recruits Ash and Titus to aid him in his quest to find and rescue Prince Yorik from the Vampyrium in their steps. Meanwhile, Wynd and friends – now including the Duke’s son and his assistant, Teek – are attacked by Vampyrium in submarines led by ____. In the attack, Thorn is hurt gravely and the team needs to make sure he is not found by creatures who smell blood.
Tynion has clearly dedicated greatly to this story. Although this new story arc is starting off somewhat like the first – the gang being chased by a vampire – I believe there will be some turnarounds, regarding the Faerie and what’s expected at Northport. I really like how the first arc was about Wynd’s self-acceptance and in this new one, we’ll look more into his true origins. Wynd has obviously evolved as compared to the end of the first volume as we now see him flying to help his friends confidently and taking the risks he thinks he should without waiting for the approval of others. This acceptance and discovery dynamic is crucial to the story as coming of age story.
Co-creator Michael Dialynas is back doing lines and colors for the series and it is everything we’ve loved so far. As matters get more serious in the story the facial expression are, yet again, the key to impose the seriousness of the situation and it is well juxtaposed with the cartoonish style implied by the artist. This may be a beautiful world, but it is quite dangerous too. There are more Vampyres in this arc already and the great character design is back with them. With the Bandaged Man, we only had one vampiric creature and no idea of their culture. Since now there’s a whole squadron on Wynd’s tail we have the chance to see their armors, ships, and technology. The same is promised for the Faerie for the next chapter.
Lettering is handled by Andworld Design, which does pretty competent work. What stood out for me was the interesting application of color for a collection of sounds at the end of this issue. This indicates these are very different sounds coming from different sources.
Wynd is back and it remains as great as it was once it entered the hiatus. I love what the creative team is doing here and cannot wait for more of this fantastic world where every known element carries a charming twist to it.