[**Mild spoilers for The Woods #13 below!!]
A new chapter begins with The Woods #13, from BOOM Studios!, created and written by James Tynion IV, with art by Michael Dialynas and colors by Josan Gonzalez. As part of my review of The Woods #12, I expressed my relief that the series was entering a new phase. To me, it was great timing on Tynion and Dialynas' part. I will say, I wasn't expecting the new chapter to begin one year later!
The good news is, we get a nice character update. As we move through the issue seeing how things have changed geographically and environmentally, we also see the cast of characters in their new roles. One character in particular stuck out to me, and that character would be Karen Jacobs. Now, if you're a fan of The Woods you would notice the progression of her character from the beginning. However, if you're a newcomer to the series (please read it from the beginning, because it's awesome) you would think that she was a tough badass chick from day one. Now, a master hunter, Karen has a whole new life.
Obviously I was excited to see Ben and Isaac, but wasn't expecting to see things turn out so positively for them. Of course there is a flip side to everything, but I'm going to try and be as spoiler free as possible. Overall, I feel incredibly enthusiastic and hopeful for this new and exciting chapter of The Woods. As always, the combination of Tynion's brilliant writing with Dialynas' memorable art, makes the book a complete joy to read. I encourage you to pick up this new issue, even if you had previously set down the series. There's excellent world building in these pages, and a cast of characters that you can't help but root for.
Christine Marie is a Staff Writer at Bleeding Cool, and bibliomaniac with a love for all things creative. She hopes to one day be a Superhero/Disney Princess/Novelist. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @AWritersWay or on her blog writerchristinemarie.wordpress.com.