Wynd #7 continues the title’s second chapter with the dangerous and sister General Zedra right on the heels — and scents — of Wynd and his friends. At this point, thanks to the skillful groundwork laid by writer James Tynion IV and artist Michael Dialynas, Wynd is humming with a real sense of weightless perpetual motion between the story, the characters and the actions driving both and each other.
Wynd #7 is split between two concurrent storylines. The first is back at Pipetown where three characters, The royal gardener Ash, the Duke’s advisor Basil, and Titus, the cook at The Dark Spout, have decided to leave town and warn Wynd, Prince Yorik, Oakley and Ash’s son Thorn of the danger headed their way.
The Duke, Prince Yorik’s father, has made an alliance with the Vampyres of the West who intend to wage war with the Faeries of the East and plan on intercepting the ships carrying Wynd and his friends with the intent of killing them all. All, save for the Prince who they intend to return alive but not before being taught a lesson “of the danger of the world outside Pipetown,” as requested by his father.
The Vampyres are led by the sinister and resourceful General Zedra who is the sister of the Bandaged Man, the feared magic hunter whom Wynd defeated in Wynd #5.
General Zedra is no less fearsome nor formidable than her brother. She’s somehow even more dangerous and cunning. As Wynd says, “The Bandaged Man was only one Vampyre and he almost got all of us. This is more.”
At this point, this title is humming along quite confidently thanks to the groundwork laid by its creators. Writer James Tynion IV (him again) and artist Michael Dialynas have set up the world of Wynd so skilfully and effectively that it seems to run with a sense of perpetual motion: the characters feed the story and the story feeds the character’s actions.
Wynd works so well because there are real risks and consequences for the characters’ actions. For all of its high-flying fantasy, the story is told quite intimately in close-ups of character’s faces where Dialynas superbly expressive skills are on full display.
This title is rewarding with The Empire Strikes Back-level pathos building with each issue. The heroes are noble or at least trying and the villains are focused, relentless and deadly. This is a story well aware of its characters’ mortality and ups the tension at its own pace. When the violence starts, it’s sudden and appropriately confusing. Even the characters don’t know if they’re being attacked or doing the attacking.
The adults are two steps behind the villains who are right on the heels – and scents – of our young heroes who have found themselves in a whole other set of trouble. Wynd #7 is yet another solid reason to start reading this book (the trade paperback collecting issues one through five is now available) just as it’s getting REALLY good.
Wynd #7 released May 5 by BOOM! Studios, written by James Tynion IV, illustrated by Michael Dialynas, lettered by Andworld Design, cover by Michael Dialynas, Tarot variant cover by Rian Gonzales, variant cover by Johanna The Mad, logo designed by Scott Newman, designed by Grace Park, assistant editor: Gwen Waller and Ramiro Portnoy, editor: Eric Harburn