No one is unique; a message that is completely familiar to the citizens of the Galactic Government. As with all propaganda, the truth is a little more complex than the bureaucracy’s agenda allows for, and there are those that want that truth to have it’s day. Enter Liz Wynter, once a typical teenager, now a wanted felon and subversive. Her life has become more complicated with each passing second and now she has a Supreme Agent hot on her trail.
An earlier announcement by New Worlds Comics made it clear that Aron Elekes will no longer be working on the series after this issue; bummer. The indication is that Vincent Kings will be taking over the artwork for the remainder of the series, and while I’m sure that Kings is a more than capable artist, Aron will be missed, that’s for sure.
Within the scope of the book , it’s now clear that Josh and Alex aren’t actually related, at least not directly, but the likelihood of there being some genetic similarity is still very possible. Add to that the fact that both Alex and Josh have some, er, distinctive personality quirks and the groundwork has been laid for interesting future run-ins.
This issue allows readers to see how other characters in the book interact with their individual AIs as well—the digital Jiminy Crickets of Wynter. In an amusing exchange, Josh makes it clear that his social skills have completely atrophied, even more so than Wynter’s, when Wynter tells him that her AI doesn’t nag her like his does.
If there is a drawback to this issue, it’s that not much happens in the way of furthering the story. If anything it’s a break in the action; Liz finds a moment of refuge, Alex takes stock of his failure to capture her and reports to his boss, only to continue the search via the web. It’s a necessary intermission as the story enters a new chapter, however, and new players begin to emerge.
I really can’t recommend Wynter highly enough; this book along with Copperhead and Low, depict women in roles usually reserved for male leads, a refreshing break from the monotony that will hopefully invite a wider audience to the world of comics. While I wouldn’t go so far as to call myself a male feminist, it is great to see so many well executed female protagonists in science fiction stories.
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