ILLUSTRATOR - Michael Dialynas
COLOURS - Josan Zonzalez
PUBLISHER - Boom Comics
The Woods, is a fast paced story created and written by James Tynion IV (also known for Batman Eternal). Starting off on a normal day in High School. It introduces a variety of characters from students to teachers in quite a comical way. It quickly sets its progression speed as a massive flash illuminates the school, upon leaving the building to investigate, everyone quickly realises they are not only far away from their normal home, but it appears they are not even on Earth anymore.
As the school descends into panic and mayhem, one student not only seems to have a plan, but an almost deluded idea of whats going on, they are being tested and they need to venture out into the wilderness to complete whatever mission has been set on them. Into the Woods. The story follows the students who brave it outside to discover the truth behind this abduction and the people who stay behind and how the school forms alliances and rules to deal with the situation.
Michael Dialynas (Amala's Blade) has an incredibly easy on the eyes, animated style that almost reminds me of the Saturday morning cartoon, Recess. Even though the story is quite dark with it's terribly brutal twists that unfold after every other page, Josan Zonzalez uses beautifully bright colours in almost everything without ever overloading it, making everything seem a little lighter and more manageable compared to the brilliantly written but terribly heavy, Walking Dead
The writing itself is incredibly jumpy, every other page leaves character A in a sticky situation, only for the next page do the exact same with character B so it can jump back to resolve A's situation. Some may find this slightly irritating as it can disturb the flow of the story. However, as its evenly spaced with its plot frequency of twists I never got annoyed, but actually more and more engrossed.
The Woods Is quick to the point, comical with delivery and simply impossible to put down once you've started. Everyone needs to read this.
Lucy's score (based on #1-4) - 9/10