Written by James Tynion IV
Illustrated by Michael Dialynas
Colors by Josan Gonzalez
Letters by Ed Dukeshire
Published by BOOM! Studios
Release Date: 12/03/2014
One of the most unusual and intimate comic books I have experienced this year has to be THE WOODS from BOOM! Studios. Described as blend of horror and science fiction, issue eight hit stands this week as the story continues to progress.
The story being told in these pages works so well, thanks to the character development provided by creator and writer James Tynion IV. The flashbacks that he has incorporated into the series have played a key role in understanding the dynamic of this group of teenage friends, who are now despite their differences, all working together and fighting for their lives. Tynion masters the personas of many of these characters, because they all include different aspects of his personality.
In issue eight, we discover more of the past and present of the genius and the wimp, as Isaac learns just how much Adrian is willing to give up, now that he has found higher purpose in life. More mystery is also uncovered here, as the inhabitants answer the question that everyone has been asking since the visual teasers came out….what is this place?
Michael Dialynas totally owns these woods, with illustrations that brings this alien forest to life each and every issue, and his skill of drawing unearthly surroundings and monsters, along with his action sequences make the art in this series top-notch. Also worthy of mentioning is the radiant colors from Josan Gonzalez, whose mixes of purples and blues are among my favorite.
Flip through the book and you’ll see these kids running around this strange world, with plenty of action, mystery, and monsters thrown in. But at its core, The Woods is more than that, actually a lot more that I imagined it would be. It’s about relationships, feeling different, not fitting in, and how this group of adolescents must work through these emotions to survive. It’s a dark and personal tale that only Tynion himself could tell, and it’s one of the smartest, deeply imaginative comic books to come out this year.
REVIEW: THE WOODS #8
Peter Rodriguez (Geek Sushi)