Review: Winterworld #1

Winterworld-01-pr-1-edb47Post-apocalyptic story lines, like zombies, are starting to oversaturate the film and literature market. But, like anything, there are always exceptions to the rule. Afterlife with Archie is a prime example. Winterworld is another. The re-emergence of Chuck Dixon and Jorge Zaffino‘s 80s frozen earth tale brings a welcomed drop in temperature to an already hot summer. The story pairs a grizzled wanderer, Scully, with Wynn, a young woman looking to reunite with her family. As they traverse the barren, icy wasteland it’s apparent they aren’t the only ones out there.

I’m glad Dixon picked up his story again. Years have passed since it was first published and you can tell there’s an entire world he wants to expand on. He starts small, with the core duo, but leaves plenty of room to grow in characters and depth. Like the jungle in Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, Dixon’s wintry world has the opportunity to become a feared and respected antagonist in its own right.

In what is being reported as a slate of talented artists, Butch Guice picks up the pencils first to create a gorgeously bleak world. He hooks you with the cover (seriously, how cool is that cover) and doesn’t let up.  My only concern is the bad guys introduced at the end of story. Right now they look like Mad Max riders, but they are on the verge of looking like smokers from Waterworld. You can have similar titles, just don’t use similar villains.

IDW takes readers back to its bleak 30 Days of Night origins. Where it lacks in horror, it makes up in dreary, freezing cold. Put your wool cap on and get some hot chocolate, this Winterworld isn’t going anywhere.

Story: Chuck Dixon Art: Butch Guice
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review