Wynd vol 2 by James Tynion IV
Book 2: The Secret of the Wings, illustrated by Michael Dialynas
Wynd and his friends have escaped Pipetown, but what they've found outside the walls is a world unlike what they were told. The King of Pipetown makes an unexpected alliance with the Vamps, specifically the sister of his dear hunter, the Bandaged Man. He wants her to scare his son, but bring him back to Pipetown alive. General Zedra of the Vamps seizes on the opportunity to sew more chaos into the world and potentially settle some very old scores between her people and some of the other inhabitants of Esseriel. After the Vamps decimate the Duke's small fleet of ships, Wynd, Yorik, Oakley, and a gravely injured Thorn find themselves in the Faery city of Escalon. But, they aren't safe there for long either.
This installment is another master-class in character developed, this time showing the art in sustaining character's growth after the task of their backgrounds has been dispatched. The pacing is perfect - just enough action to keep readers turning pages, while giving brief reprieves that keep the tension going. There are some hints that savvy readers will probably start to piece together if they hadn't by the end of volume one, and the piece-meal dolling of world-building background ties perfectly with present-day action. This team of Tynion and Dialynas is wonderfully complimentary in the creation and realization of a rich, fantasy world that I'd love to step into.
Sara's Rating: 10/10
Suitability Level: Grades 7-12
Reviews of previous volumes in this series: vol 1
Publisher: BOOM! Box
Publication Date: March 15, 2022
ISBN: 9781684158072 (Paperback)
Tags: Rating: 10/10, Suitability: Middle School, Suitability: High School, Comicbooks, Graphic Fiction, Fantasy, Magic, Family, Action Adventure, LGBTQ+, BOOM! Studios
Tag note: Wynd was originally published in single-issue format (albeit, 50-page single-issues), so it is tagged as Comicbooks, but bound together it looks and feels more like a graphic novel, so I have also tagged it Graphic Fiction (especially as a consideration for shelving purposes).
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