Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: James Tynion IV
Artist: Michael Dialynas
Release Date: 23rd December, 2015
James Tynion IV’s The Woods is one of the most intriguing comic books to come along in recent years. It’s also highly successful, and one of BOOM!’s highest selling properties. The shift in sales is truly impressive, as is the sizeable amount of critical acclaim heaped upon the series. It’s much deserving of the hype, and the Volume 3 trade paperback is sure to become an essential purchase for many a collector.
For those of you who haven’t read this series yet, here’s a quick recap: A group of high school students and teachers vanish mysteriously and find themselves stuck on an undiscovered planet, light years away from home. The planet is surrounded by vast forest, and within it all sorts of weird creatures dwell. I’ll just leave it at that, because the real magic of this series lies in uncovering its mysteries. However, what I will say is that if you think it sounds like the TV show Lost, just know that it is much, much better.
To get the negatives out the way first, my only gripe with The Woods is that it sometimes feels like teen fare; although that is to be expected from a comic book where the core characters are teenagers. However, I’m a grouchy old man who hates the young and not into all that Misfits and Maze Runner drama. Sometimes it leans towards this vibe, but not to the point where I don’t find the characters interesting.
Regardless of that one minor complaint, it’s still a series I can’t get enough of due to its grand world building and the thrills contained within it. Some readers will undoubtedly attach themselves to the characters, while others will just appreciate the scope of imagination on display. For the most part, The Woods employs a see-saw effect between good and riveting.
Tynion IV does a great job balancing arcs, and the series juggles drama, horror, romance and intensity seamlessly. The various branches give the series depth, and at this moment it seems like the The Woods is destined for longevity. Who knows where it’ll go from here? All I know is I can’t wait to find out.
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The writer of this piece was: Kieran Fisher
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