Comic Review: The Woods Vol. 9: The Way Home (Image)

With Volume 9, the Boom Comics title “The Woods” concludes its run. The volume collects issues 33 to 36 of the single comic. For newcomers at the last moment (like […]

With Volume 9, the Boom Comics title “The Woods” concludes its run.

The volume collects issues 33 to 36 of the single comic. For newcomers at the last moment (like me), it’s a strange experience to jump into a long-running series at its conclusion. A little like watching the last two episodes of season 7 of Game Of Thrones and wondering who everybody is!

So, rather than recap the story so far, since I couldn’t anyway, I’ll talk about other points that came up. First, the writing by James Tynion IV reminded me of certain movie scenes and their dialogue. And that’s a compliment or sort of a compliment. Pages were filled with characters emoting to each other as if they had been through a long journey together. Like in a movie when two people who originally hated each other go through a harrowing experience, and are bonded bros as a result of it. Like that, but with everyone doing it, and in the woods.

You see, in The Woods, something happened many many issues ago: a high school got sent into another dimension, into the middle of the woods. One guy became a ghost/supercomputer and is very dangerous. But enough of the plot, let’s talk about the art now!

So how was the art, you ask? Michael Dialynas brings a very ‘hand-drawn’ look to The Woods, and it seems to fit the story. It’s not slick and glossy, rather it’s hard-lined, with muted tones of color. Nothing flashy, but the poses and expressions serve the story, as they are supposed to, of course.

If you are a long time reader of The Woods, you may enjoy reading this trade collection as it wraps up the series of course, and adds a concluding afterword by the creators.

Boom Comics, The Woods, The Way Home (Volume 9), $14.99 for 116 pages of content, not rated

Alan Spinney

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After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!