Writer: James Tynion IV
Artist: Michael Dialynas
Letterer: Aditya Bidikar
In the idyllic setting of Pipetown lives a young boy named Wynd. He’s your average youngster – bright, curious, and just a little rebellious. But Wynd is different, and that’s dangerous for him. He’s got magical ancestry, as evidenced by his pointed ears which he must hide in order to remain undiscovered. According to the kingdom’s Blood Laws magical creatures and people with magical abilities, no matter how slight, are outlawed – and the offence is punishable by death. If Wynd is found out, it could spell some serious bad news for him and those who harbor him.
Oakley, Wynd’s friend, works for the city’s engineering corps and is the order to Wynd’s chaos. She makes sure he’s up and ready for the day, and that he’s got on pants, but the calm before the storm can only last so long. Thorn is the son of the gardener at the palace, and also the young prince’s friend and confidante. His good heart and optimistic nature make him a very likeable guy, but is he perhaps too soft for the harsh realities he is to face? Prince Yorik is moody – no surprise given the royal pressures he’s under. He is burdened with knowledge he wants to share, but can he trust anyone enough to do it? Who knows what’s in store for the future? Will Wynd and his best friend Oakley be able to live their lives as normal? Will Thorn and Prince Yorik weather the courtly conspiracies that threaten the kingdom? Friendships and loyalties will be tried and tested as we read along in the next issue.
For fans of Middlewest and Once & Future, prepare yourselves for a new adventure! The award-winning creative team of James Tynion IV and Michael Dialynas make for an excellent pair to guide us into this bright new world. Beneath the whimsy on the surface lies a very intricate and intense story that is bound to have readers on the edge of their seats. Bright colors and a cheery design belie the dark themes in store for us as we continue into this world. Grab a copy and dive in today!
Review by Megan Goble