BOOM! Studios pulled a fast one on us with the upcoming release of Wynd. Originally announced and solicited as a graphic novel, Wynd from writer James Tynion IV, artist Michael Dialynas, and letterer Aditya Bidikar, will now be released earlier in single issues beginning in June.
Matt Gagnon, Editor in Chief, BOOM! Studios says:
This unprecedented early release of Wynd allows us to deliver one of our biggest new series of the year to readers sooner than expected and provides comic shop retailers with another hit series in one of the most important months of the year. We know that readers are looking for entertainment that transports us to another world, delivering characters you love and a journey you can’t wait to follow month to month–-which James, Michael and Aditya deliver in this incredible fantasy epic.
This is certainly a bold move and it’s clear that BOOM! is putting a lot of faith into this project. June will be a big month for James Tynion IV as it also features the release of Something is Killing the Children: Volume 1 and Batman #92.
BOOM! CEO and Founder Ross Richie added:
The biggest retailers in the biz have been asking for hits. “We need hits, hits, hits, load up the big hits for comic shops, Ross, we need excitement as stores reopen,’ they said. So we’re listening to our partners and providing them what they’re asking for. This is literally the familiar Stan Lee saying, ‘Because you demanded it!
Wynd is set in a world where magical heritage is punishable by death. The title character must keep his true identity – and pointy ears – hidden from everyone in Pipetown even if it means he’ll never have the normal life he wants. After his secret is threatened, Wynd must leave his home, embarking on a dangerous quest that will put him at the heart of a royal conspiracy beyond his imagination. Joined by Oakley, the boy of his dreams and a literal prince, Wynd must embrace the magic within himself if he hops to save them from the shocking dangers that await.
Writer James Tynion IV says:
I’ve always been an impatient person. I think I might have willed this into existence last week, looking over the final pages of what was the Wynd original graphic novel, wishing that people didn’t have to wait until November to see them. Wynd is my dream project, the one that i’ve been working on intermittently since I was in High School. Seeing it come to life with Michael’s art has been one of the greatest pleasures of the last year, and the idea that we’re going to get to bring it into the world in glorious oversized issues starting this summer is deeply exciting to me. We’re really proud of this one.
Wynd #1 features a cover by Dialynas. It will be published under BOOM! Studios’ BOOM! Box imprint.
Artist Michael Dialynas added:
Just when I got my brain around the fact that people wouldn’t be able to read WYND Book One until November, BOOM! (pun intended) we suddenly get to share our series with you in a new and fun way next month! It’s been a blast creating the magical world of Esseriel with James and it has been a joy to work with Eric and the whole team again. I’m super proud and excited for you all to read Wynd, just before we start planning out the next book in the series. Stay safe and read comics!
Wynd #1 is set for release on June 17th, 2020.