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‘Winterworld Volume 1:’ TPB Review

Winter is coming.

Okay, so winter’s pretty much been around for a long, long while, and there are no Direwolves or Dragons, but there is some awesome storytelling going on in Chuck Dixon and Butch Guice’s post-apocalyptic tale of a world gone polar.

Our story focuses on a grizzled man/younger optimistic girl team navigating the tundra that now covers the tropics.  It’s a different take on the idea of how the planet will go, as most of these types of stories nowadays focus on the actual climate change happening in the direction we know it to be going (those that aren’t all focused on zombies, that is), though there’s a wonderful moment that reminds us and is placed beautifully – one of my favorite moments in the book as a whole.

Anyway, we’re introduced to a pair of survivors on the run, hunting for the parents of our younger protagonist, though we’re introduced to the ideas slowly, letting the characters become important to us as people before their needs are expressed.  With their trusty badger at their side, we get a peek into what survival is in this frozen waste (which is blessedly free of ice castles and dopey snowmen).  Actually, it is pretty refreshing to see an after-civilization story take all of the supernatural elements that have been filling the genre (and usually causing the fall) and just focus on the human story.

The artwork that Guice lays out gives us a good feel for the world and manages to give the tone of the icy world without burying us in grays and washing out the vibrancy of the bright moments that do exist.  It’s a good feel and manages to highlight, as well as to help pace, the action.  When things slow down, you’re reminded of the constant struggle that the cold becomes, and when the action gets going . . . well, there are some cinematically beautiful moments that strike awe into the power he’s able to pour out through his art.

I’ve said before that I’m not a huge zombie fan, but I do like the human condition being stripped into such a survival story that those tales typically exemplify.  This is a great read for anyone who is more interested in real-world scenarios without the supernatural peeking in.

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Erik Cheski, Fanbase Press Contributor



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