BOOM! Studios has announced major surprise changes for its upcoming title Wynd by writer James Tynion IV (Batman, Something is Killing the Children), artist Michael Dialynas (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and letterer Aditya Bidikar (Isola). In addition to becoming a comic book limited series, rather than a three-part graphic novel series, Wynd will now launch much earlier than previously announced — about five months earlier, to be precise.
Wynd #1 is officially slated to hit comic shops in one month’s time on June 17. Moreover, each issue of the new book will be more than twice as long as a standard comic — coming in at 40 pages of story apiece. The latest collaboration between Tynion and Dialynas following The Woods, Wynd centers around, well, Wynd — a young boy from Pipetown who must keep his true identity (as well as his pointed ears) a secret, as he inhabits a world in which magical heritage is punishable by death. However, when this façade is compromised, Wynd is forced on a quest that places him smack in the middle of a royal conspiracy.
Wynd – Book One: The Flight of the Prince was first announced back in January as the first in a trilogy of original graphic novels to be published under the BOOM! Box imprint, with BOOM! Studios setting a release window of November 2020. However, the publisher explains that it saw a “unique opportunity to deliver fans and retailers a new must-read series at a crucial time in the comics industry,” with an “unorthodox and one-time only approach” allowing it to get the first issue in readers’ hands by next month.
“This unprecedented early release of Wynd allows us to deliver one of our biggest new series of the year to readers sooner than expected and provides comic shop retailers with another hit series in one of the most important months of the year,” said BOOM! Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “We know that readers are looking for entertainment that transports us to another world, delivering characters you love and a journey you can’t wait to follow month to month — which James, Michael and Aditya deliver in this incredible fantasy epic.”
“The biggest retailers in the biz have been asking for hits,” added BOOM! founder and CEO Ross Richie. “‘We need hits, hits, hits, load up the big hits for comic shops, Ross, we need excitement as stores reopen,’ they said. So we’re listening to our partners and providing them what they’re asking for. This is literally the familiar Stan Lee saying, ‘Because you demanded it!'”
Said series writer Tynion, “I’ve always been an impatient person. I think I might have willed this into existence last week, looking over the final pages of what was the Wynd original graphic novel, wishing that people didn’t have to wait until November to see them. Wynd is my dream project, the one I’ve been working on intermittently since I was in high school,” he continued. “Seeing it come to life with Michael’s art has been one of the greatest pleasures of the last year, and the idea that we’re going to get to bring it into the world in glorious oversized issues starting this summer is deeply exciting to me. We’re really proud of this one.”
As for Dialynas himself, the artist seems to share Tynion’s sentiments. “Just when I got my brain around the fact that people wouldn’t be able to read Wynd Book One until November, BOOM! (pun intended) we suddenly get to share our series with you in a new and fun way next month,” he said. “It’s been a blast creating the magical world of Esseriel with James and it has been a joy to work with [Senior Editor Eric Harburn] and the whole team again. I’m super proud and excited for you all to read Wynd, just before we start planning out the next book in the series. Stay safe and read comics!”
Written by James Tynion IV and illustrated by Michael Dialynas with letters by Aditya Bidikar and a cover by Dialynas, Wynd #1 goes on sale June 17 from BOOM! Studios.
BOOM! Studios has announced its new comic series Wynd by James Tynion IV and Michael Dialynas will arrive much earlier than previously expected.