So, has anyone been wondering what writer Geoffrey Thorne has been cooking up since we last saw him on the scripts of Mosaic? I was curious myself, so when I was contacted with the first issue of his new solo comic project, I jumped at the opportunity to check it out. Winterman Comics #1 is a story featuring a new hero of unknown power or origin, who finds herself facing off with an old enemy that seems to be lurking in places they don’t belong. When she pays what should have been a relaxing visit to a friend beneath the waters of what seems to be a natural oasis, she ends up instead freeing her while trying to piece together the puzzle surrounding the strange traps that bind her
The first most recognizable thing I notice when reading this comic is the main character’s design. First off, when we think of the name Winterman (which may not be the name of the character at all, as the title of the series is Winterman Comics) our minds inevitably trek to the idea of a male protagonist. Suited up behind a tribal mask imbued with either magic or technology, and bundled beneath a thick coat and pants, the only telling features would be the character’s dreads, which could belong to a man or woman. I was delighted to see upon removal, that she was a black woman, something already rare in comics. Beyond, that I found myself impressed with the idea of mask, coat, pants, and rune cover gloves. It’s a design of a style I’d yet to see, and it’s quite compelling.
The setting and narrative captioning also gives the reader the sense of something uniquely pastoral. Her language certainly isn’t of natural American speech and it’s possible that the world isn’t even earth, though whether or not this is the case has yet to be revealed. I also notice peculiar words like “Jesu” used in her speech, which leads me to believe that she may have spiritual beliefs of unknown or unearthly origins. In any case, the entire book has a very magical feel to it, which compels a deeper interest in the lore surrounding it.
The art further adds to this idyllic arcane-like feel. Thorne, primarily a writer, is also showcasing his skills as an artist here as well. His painting-like style fits superbly with the essence of the book, and both his characters and backdrop features are beautiful. He boasts with creativity with scenery and creatures, along with other aspects that beckons me to expect something majestic as far as creative design in issues to come. This one does not disappoint in the least.
After reading this first issue I’m once again excited to have more comics to look forward to from Mr. Thorne in the future. Seeing his writing and art together on an independent project is something I’ve been anticipating from the moment that I saw his first sketches on social media. Seeing this new project come to life gives me yet another comic to look forward to for my monthly pulls. When Winterman Comics #1 drops, I highly recommend that you pick it up. You won’t be disappointed.