Winterman #1 is the beginning of the Winterman Comics anthology which follows various young characters through their extraordinary adventures through sci-fi settings. Its self-published with the story and art are done by Geoffrey Thorne (Marvel’s Avengers: Black Panther’s Quest, Mosaic). These titles are specifically geared for readers who are new to comics and are looking for an introduction into the medium consider there is “no fifty years of baggage to sift through just to understand what’s going on.”
The first issue follows a young girl, Kally as she explores her world and attempts to get away in a place that is “for yourself.” She sheds her armor and dives into a deep lake but in an attempt to help an underwater friend she finds herself face to face with a fierce monster.
The art in this book is beautiful and my favorite by far. The elegant blues of the lake compliment the wide brush strokes otherwise probably seen in a watercolor painting. The style has a definitive flow. Most of the lettering is not my favorite but the incredibly unique art style makes up for it. My favorite panel in the entire comic is simple but the creativity of the lettering in addition to the panels that seem to be painted with ease makes it stand out.
This issue tells readers very little about the story and doesn’t offer us much in regards to Hookey’s personality or the overall story of this anthology but the art is so imaginative I can forgive it. This comic is not overly wordy which is welcomed break from many other indie books currently available.
However, sometimes comics can be extremely overwhelming and convoluted and do I worry considering what little information we are given in this first issue whether first-time readers will feel they understand enough to continue with the series. For me personally, I love Kally’s design and the compassion she shows in the few lines of dialogue she has. I look forward to future issues and hope to see more from this line of graphic titles.
Currently, Issues #1 and #2 of Winterman are available online.
I worry considering what little information we are given in this first issue whether first-time readers will feel they understand enough to continue with the series. That said, I look forward to future issues and hope to see more from this line of graphic titles.