Wyrd Volume 1
Writer: Curt Pires
Artist: Antonio Fuso
Colours: Stefano Simeone
Letters: Micah Myers
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Release: 4th March 2020
Wyrd is… weird.
Weird in a sense in that it stands out from the norm in unusual and unexpected ways. Weird in that it is both fascinating yet disturbing, curious yet dark. It portrays truth as well as lies and truth within lies and lies within truths.
Did you know Wyrd is actually a Norse word connected with the Fates and Destiny? Whenever Fates/Destiny are involved strange things are bound to happen. No matter if a person fights against it or follows it.
It’s that bit of knowledge of this word that first drew me to this comic an I was curious to see if the creators were aware of its original meaning and, if they would explore it further.
Let us start with the cover.
Simple but abstract and that is what’s eye catching. The cover image is a bold blend of blacks, whites and a terracotta orange/red. It does not give much away to the reader, but it does start to raise questions in our minds! Who is the man in the forefront? Is he with the military, is he in danger?
The central character on the cover stands out in both his outfit and how he stands away from the others. His expression is hard to read, he looks serious and hard to get a read on. At this point, it is difficult to say whether he is a good guy or a bad guy, a hero or an antihero.
As it turns out he is neither.
Your first encounter dear reader, is when he is drunk, crossing a busy highway in Los Angeles. You witness him drink, put the bottle down and then jump off one overpass onto the traffic passing below.
Now this is where the creators surprised me.
If a character in a comic gets injured or breaks a leg you usually expect a close up shot of an open wound, broken breaking the skin or at least a spray of read and some kind of painful wording. With Wyrd you don’t get quite that – instead you as a reader get given the god like ability to see with x-ray vision – and with each impact the character has with the ground from falling, with a car that crashes into him, there is a juxtaposed mini frame showing the brutal breaking of bones, ribs etc.
It is almost medical in style than gory but is a strikingly simple way of getting the message across to the reader that not only did his injury hurt but that these injuries are something to be noted, observed in connection with this character.
He has the ability to recover from injuries such as the significant ones you witnessed him sustain and still retain enough attitude to demand cigarettes from people who clearly control him to some degree. The third impression is that he attempts suicide for fun – or in some way of getting his covert agent associate’s attention.
Covert Missions that get Wyrd
From then on you accompany Wyrd on a series or covert missions in other countries across the world, dealing with equally unusual dangers and surprising threats. You get glimpses of Wyrd’s past but in a way that is only for you as a reader – Wyrd himself doesn’t ever reminisce once or give us indirect backstory to how he came to be the way he is. What clues you get you learn from other characters or indeed foes. That in itself keeps feeding you the curiosity to read on, to follow him further in the hopes that not only will you learn the truth, but so will he. But to find the truth you must first identify the lies of the narrative – and there are some clever twists that reveal such secrets about characters near and far to Wyrd. Events past, present and future, are plaited together, sometimes providing answers, but equally prompting questions.
The colour palette is at first glance simple. A mix of yellows, oranges, red and blues enhanced by the black tones. It flows inline with the context of the narrative whether there is a high dramatic event or a pause when something is revealed or a shift in perspective occurs.
There is violence in a range of forms, drug and alcohol abuse, swearing and is strong content for a mature reader. But it is all in quantities and proportions that fit the context of the scenes and events.
Then try reading Wyrd.
If you like original and refreshing alternatives to Secret Agents, Superheroes and even Anti-Heroes. With some age-old intrigue involving Nazi experiments, betrayal, on-the-nose depictions of recent modern events across society and politics. Blended with secret missions of a James Bond style but not always for the sake of saving the World.
It’s a bit like having that one friend you know is a bad person and you won’t ever get them to change, yet something captivates you and you can’t help but witness their own self-destruction.
Pick up your copy from your LCS or Forbidden Planet from 4th March 2020!
Interested in reading more of our Dark Horse Comic reviews? | The Butcher of Paris | Crystal Fighters | Tales from Harrow County | Ether Issue 3 |
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