Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Wynonna Earp #1

   Just in time for her 20th anniversary, Wynonna Earp is joining the exclusive club of comic book characters who also star in a TV series.

   That series debuts on April 1 on the SyFy Channel, and IDW has released a new series of adventures featuring the tough-as-nails U.S. Marshal who works for the Black Badge Division, which deals with the worst kind of supernatural threats.

   This is actually a prequel, as it takes us back to the early days of Wynonna's career (we're talking a little more reckless - if that's possible - and she doesn't have blonde hair, which brings her in line with that awesome photo cover of actress Melanie Scrofano).

   The story wastes no time, as we start with Wynonna holding a large gun to the head of a particularly nasty monster. It won't be the last time.

   We meet her supporting cast, including her boss, Special Agent Dolls, who's trying to turn Wynonna into a top agent, and a mysterious man who looks like a relic of the old west.

   She's assigned to bring down a major organ-smuggling operation, one that's run by the... creature... who will be a major opponent throughout her career.

   Wynonna was created by Beau Smith, who turns in one of his best stories yet - there's a fresh (if bloody) feel to this tale, as it takes Wynonna to her roots and lets us follow her first achievements - and first stumbles - as she takes on some particularly nasty beasts.

   The art for this story arc is by Lora Innes, and I like her work a lot (be sure to track down her self-published book The Dreamer) - she has a great touch with rough-and-tumble action (lots of that going on here) and she also nails the quiet character moments (less frequent but perfectly managed).

   It's a great (re-) start to the adventures of the toughest law enforcement agent around! Here's hoping she - and her TV series - hang around for a long, long time!

Grade: A



Kevin Findley said...

I've been looking forward to the TV show for some time. This prequel comic is the icing on an already excellent cake.

Long live Beaulactus!

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Kevin. You will be spared when I rule the world of comics!