The Woods is created and written by James Tynion IV. I know him from his excellent work on Batman and Batman Eternal with Scott Snyder, both phenomenally well-told series. He has his creator-owned title, The House in the Wall, and from the looks of it, he also has a Wonder Woman title coming out soon. I have been looking for a good time to jump into The Woods to see what tales Tynion spins on his own, and Issue #9 promised to be a good time to jump into the mix. So, I did.
Most of what happens in this issue refers to things that happened in the previous story, as the characters try to come to terms with what happened, so I found myself a little bit lost as to who was who and what was going on. So, maybe the best thing to do is go back to the beginning. (There are two previous volumes.)
The world itself intrigues me. From what I could gather, it involves a group of young adults who have been mysteriously transported to another planet that has humans (who were transported 200 years ago and still wear the garb of that era), dinosaurs, witches, a group of tribal Africans, and who knows what else living on this planet. When you see these elements combined, you never know what will happen next. That’s a huge positive in my book. Surprise is a cherished element in storytelling for me. This is what I could gather. The exposition isn’t explicit in any way – I can also appreciate that. You either follow this book or you get a little lost.
I mentioned the characters are young adults. That’s what this book feels like, an intriguing book for young adults. There’s a love triangle, pent-up teenage angst, a mysterious corporation, and talks of enslaving a group of people. It’s an extremely intriguing world.
Michael Dialynas (Amala’s Blade and Spera) brings the art. Although there are dark elements in the book, even violent, Dialynas’ work keeps it accessible for younger ages. There’s an innocent quality to it. My only gripe is that sometimes the panel work didn’t quite express what the words were saying. For instance, when someone is scolding a little, purple, flying bunny-bug for trying to grab something from you, it better look like that purple, flying bunny-bug is actually trying to grab it, but I have a feeling Dialynas’ storytelling work will grow and continue to get better in those areas.
While this issue didn’t really entice me to read the next issue, it made me really curious to pick up the previous issues, so I could continue forward, as it seems like a hell of a lot went on and I don’t want to miss any of it!