Winter World is a brand-new series by Chuck Dixion, and published by IDW. In the first issue Young Wynn and rough-around-the-edges Scully are on the search for Wynn’s parents, who have disappeared in the wastes of the ice-covered planet called Earth. This series chronicles their adventures, struggles, and efforts to survive in the frozen husk that once served as home to billions. Will they learn of what happened to Wynn’s parents, or will they become the latest victims of the massive, frigid nothingness?
Dystopian ficition has risen in popularity over the past few years. It has been omnipresent for far longer, but it has been gravitating towards the mainstream bit by bit. Winter World fits the bill, though it tends to hit closer to home than some. It is apparent that Earth has gone into a full-blown ice age, or something akin, though the reasons why have yet to be explained. Pure survival in the pervasive theme in this comic.
Butch Guice’s gritty, realistic style of art gives the comic a live action edge that is very suited for the plot. I enjoy the dynamics of the characters so far; you get a good feel for the personality of Sully and Wynn, and change is apparent even this early in the plot. The pet badger is a fun plus for me. I really like badgers, and I understand why they are useful in this “winter wonderland”. I will likely pick up the next episode, if only to learn more about the day the Earth froze solid.
Winter World #1 is available now from IDW.