Graphic Novel Review: Wynd Vol. 1: Flight of the Prince (Wynd #1)
Greetings all my pointy-eared friends!
Are you ready for some more LGBT reads? I gotta say, overall I’ve been pretty thrilled with nearly every pick of mine, so I’m on cloud nine right now. Viva the LGBT reads!
Okay, so when I saw this graphic novel series on an LGBT list I nearly lost my mind. James Tynion is HUGE in the world of comics right now. Most notably, I’ve been reading his Something is Killing the Children series (my last review here if you are curious) for the past year or so and loved it. That means I expect great things out of anything with his name attached to it.
So, can this fantasy adventure compare to Tynion’s other great works? On to the review!
Wynd seems like a regular boy in the fantastical world of Esseriel, except he’s got a magical secret. Now he’s set off on a journey with his best friend and the boy of his dreams to discover the magic in the world around him and, most importantly, within himself.
YOU CAN’T FIND YOUR HOME UNTIL YOU FIND YOURSELF.
Wynd lives a quiet life in Pipetown — working at the local tavern, out of sight in the secret rooms beneath the floorboards, often stealing away to catch glimpses of the son of the castle’s groundskeeper as he works.
But Wynd also has a secret… magical blood betrayed by his pointed ears, forbidden within the city limits. His shaggy hair has obscured them for most of his life, but now that Wynd is a teenager they are growing too unwieldy to hide.
Joined by his best friend Oakley and Thorn, the groundskeeper’s son, Wynd’s strange dreams and an encounter with the city guard send him on the most dangerous adventure he could imagine, where Wynd will discover the magic in the world around him and, most importantly, the magic within himself.
The GLAAD Award-winning team of writer James Tynion IV (Batman, The Woods) and artist Michael Dialynas (The Woods) present a new young adult fantasy series about learning to spread your wings no matter the dangers that life puts in your way.
Collects: Wynd #1-5
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Phenomenal, just breathtakingly phenomenal. I’ve come to expect great things from anything involving James Tynion IV, and lightning strikes again for the author in this graphic novel.
In this LGBT fantasy adventure we follow Wynd. He’s a strange young humanoid living in Pipetown. He’s been protected most of his life by Miss Molly, her daughter, and others due to his pointed ears that declare him to be a magical being. But when he can’t hide his identity any longer, he and his allies embark on a dangerous quest that will change all of their lives forever, for better or for worse.
The thing that stuck out most to me on this read was the art. Holy moly does Michael Dialynas have some serious talent! The art is breathtaking and reminded me of manga/anime styles, but without being overly cutesy or annoying. Every page was a masterpiece to take in.
Along with the art, the characters made this read unforgettable. Wynd has been sheltered his entire life and doesn’t know what to do about his feelings for the royal gardener’s son, a cutie named Thorn. He’s also dealing with conflicting thoughts about his identity, so I think a lot of younger readers will relate to that.
The supporting cast was great too. Thorn had a heart of gold, the prince was super irksome but had his moments of growth, and I love how sarcastic Miss Molly’s daughter was. All of them were wonderful individuals that I think anyone can look up to.
The plot was a roller coaster ride! There were twists and turns in every chapter that had me on pins and needles, and that helped me blaze through this in no time at all. There was an abundance of action, mystery, and horror that any reader will love. I also loved the fantasy world this is set in, and the system made sense without being too confusing.
I have zero complaints with this read. If you’re looking for the next great graphic novel series, this is it!
That’s A Wrap!
Well that’s it for this book review. I hope you enjoyed it!
Have you read this book? Are there other similar books you’ve read that you simply have to gush about? Feel free to leave a comment. I’d love to start a conversation!
Have a great day!