• Matt Ligeti

MIDWINTER, ISSUE #1


Writer: Dan Whitehead Art: PJ Holden Publisher: UK Comics Creative


This review only covers the a single issue, which sets up the story for the rest of the series. Because of this, we don't have insight into a full story arc, so this review might look a little different than my other reviews of entire volumes of comics.

WHAT IS IT?

An action-packed adventure comic based on the world of the Atari/PC/Commodore Amiga game of the same title (video footage from the game at the bottom of this review). It's actually an official prequel to the game!

The setting is snowy and post-apocalyptic. Even though this comic has no zombies, it feels a lot like the comic reads like the snowy winter part of the video game, The Last of Us, mixed with the interpersonal conflicts from The Walking Dead and little world-building from The Hunger Games. It also reminds me a lot of the movie, Hanna.

WHAT'S IT ABOUT?

(Minor Spoilers)

It's 2099 and the world is frozen. A young woman lives out in the wilderness with her father. They live near other survivors in a small, snowy town.

We get the sense that this woman and her father have some history that they're still trying to work through. Unfortunately, as their personal tension comes to a head, their argument is interrupted by armed soldiers.

Who are they? Why are they here? Do they plan on hurting our heroes, or worse? And who is this "General" they keep hearing the soldiers talk about?

WHAT WORKS?

  • Whitehead does an incredible job of giving us a load of information to set up the story while keeping the pace up and not losing us along the way

  • So much happens in such a short issue, it's over before you even realize you've read the whole thing

  • Holden's art is brilliant, using the medium expertly to convey timing, scope and weight of the moment (see an example of this below)

  • This has to feel so great for fans of the Midwinter game, seeing an official prequel with a new story and updated art

WHAT DOESN'T WORK?

  • There's no color in the comic, though Holden's art and shading are so good, you don't really miss it

  • As I mentioned earlier, because this only covers a single issue and there's a lot of set-up that happens, it's hard to get a feel for the entire story arc

  • It does feel derivative of a lot of action flicks or other stories we've seen in the past, but it's also only the first issue and it's really well done, so I'm prepared to give it the benefit of the doubt and read the next installments


WHY SHOULD I READ IT?

I've never played Midwinter, and this book had me hooked, anyway. It reads like a classic action film, so if you're looking for a little post-apocalyptic adventure in your life, this is the comic for you.

WHAT DO I READ NEXT?

If you like the writing:

If you like the art:

  • World of Tanks by Garth Ennis, PJ Holden, Mike Atiyeh & Isaac Hannaford

  • Whiteout by Greg Rucka & Steve Lieber

  • The Fuse, Vol. 1 by Antony Johnston & Justin Greenwood

ABOUT THE CREATORS

Dan Whitehead – Writer

  • Often writes about, and is inspired by, video games

  • His background is also in writing about games and writing scripts for them

  • Has also written 2 official Star Wars books

PJ Holden – Artist

  • Multitalented: Also enjoys acting

  • Has a pop-culture podcast called The Sunnyside Podcast Show

Jim Campbell – Letterer

  • Outlander: Hails from the United Kingdom

  • Multitalented: Also enjoys the art side of the creative world

HOW DO I BUY IT?

Click one of these:

HERE'S A VIDEO OF THE VIDEO GAME THIS COMIC WAS BASED ON


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