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The Woods, Vol. 2: The Swarm

(The Woods #2)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  1,906 ratings  ·  208 reviews
An entire high school has been transported to an alien world and must now survive together or die individually.

On October 16, 2013, 437 students, 52 teachers, and 24 additional staff from Bay Point Preparatory High School in suburban Milwaukee, WI vanished without a trace. Countless light years away, far outside the bounds of the charted universe, 513 people find themselve
Paperback, 112 pages
Published May 12th 2015 by BOOM! Studios (first published March 11th 2015)
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Jesse (JesseTheReader)
Aug 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was so much better than the first volume! I loved the flashbacks we got. It gave the characters more depth. Excited to see where this story goes in the next volume!
I liked this and thought it was good, but I also thought the first one was better. It was more focused on the event and it grabbed you more. This was about character development and it does this with flashbacks. I understand the importance of this, but I still thought the 1st volume had more potential. We still know little about the Woods, but we do know more than we did now. There is plenty more to explore

We also know more about crushes and the people. Weird things are happening and I suspect t
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
This volume is a tighter focus on the 6 explorers who left the school. Each issue focuses on one or two characters with a Lost-style flashback to a year ago at the school play. Lots of fantastical, dangerous creatures abound as we slowly learn more about the Woods and what's going on with Adrian. Looking forward to volume 3. ...more
Dave Schaafsma
Not feeling it. I loved the premise of this series, that students and staff from Bay Point Preparatory High School in suburban Milwaukee, WI vanish without a trace. They end up together and it's kind of teen horror and sci fi meets Lord of the Flies.

This second volume stops to give us backstories, and dragons, and we see the school before the fateful events. It's opening night of the school play, A Midsummer Night's Dream. It sounds good, right? It has not taken off for me, really. Feels flat.
Crystal Starr Light
Bullet Review:

This was a great second volume with some twists and turns. We learn about some of the key characters and I really like the interesting direction of the story. Also, the art continues to be incredible.
Aug 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novel, series
This volume includes more background on some of the characters. Some felt very cliché, such as the gay romance. When you have a cast of teen characters, this seems like it's almost a given plot line.

This book strikes me as more sci-fi than horror. It's a little too all-over-the-place for me. Debating whether to go on with this series.
Lost in Book Land
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Hello Again!

So far I have been really good about my posting goals which also fall in line with Blogtober (which I had never heard about until I saw someone's Twitter post and then research began and now I am thinking let's do this?!, but we will see). I intend to make a separate post about Blogtober in my bookish updates section later this week so if you are interested definitely check that out! In the meantime, I am here to talk about The Woods a graphic novel series I picked up after hearing a
Ryan Provstgaard
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The need to read this series just became even more real!

I loved how the first volume built a lot to build off of in future books but what this book does is back up and explore who these characters are. I perceive this book being the one that sets the tone for the rest or at least the majority of the series. It explains who these students are and why they act the way they do. Creating, I'm sure future growth and room to learn more about themselves.

The balance of real time story telling and flashb
Skye Kilaen
Jul 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 0-graphic-novels
This was where The Woods started to really grab me. The first volume was fine, and I was interested in the plot enough to check out the second book from the library, but this second volume made me love the characters and fear for them. Particularly Calder's backstory with his no-good brother and the Adrian / Isaac / Ben kinda-triangle. I ended the book with chills, both times I've read it. This series could have been written as a straight-up horror adventure, but Tynion does such a great job sho ...more
GrilledCheeseSamurai (Scott)


Another 'okay' volume. Truth be told I liked the first arc better than this one. I get what's going on, the first volume throws us into the world and story as well as establishing the random, loose, key pieces. This second volume is pretty much geared towards fleshing out all the characters. There are lots of flashback scenes to give us some history on why people are the way they are. Alongside the flashbacks, the main storyline inches forward and hints at bigger themes ahead.

lauren ♡
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019

I definitely enjoyed this volume of the Woods a lot more than the first. I really enjoyed getting a deeper look into this new world they have found themselves in. As well as that, I also liked seeing into the characters past (well past year) and getting to know the characters on a more deeper level and understanding more about them. Despite that, I still did feel that disconnect from the characters like I did in the first volume.

Overall, I enjoyed where the plot took us in this book and a
A. B. Neilly
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This second part developed the story even more and I think is going well. Looking forward to the third installment.
Zombieslayer/Alienhunter {comatose with common sense}
Picking up where their story left off in The Arrow, the six runaways from a Milwaukee high school suddenly transported to an uncharted moon continue their stumble through the Woods, the stretch of danger-riddled forest surrounding them.

Three of them, Ben, Isaac and Sanami, have been captured by strange, human men and held prisoner.
Meaning it's up to Karen, Calder and Adrian (whose bond with the Arrow, a harbinger of death and mayhem, has taken hold) to save their friends.

"We're going to catch ou
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
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The Woods, Volume 2: The Swarm is a entertaining graphic novel series. With monsters, mystery, and science fiction, it definitely is unique and keeps me thoroughly captivated!

On October 16th 2013, 437 students, 52 teachers, and 24 additional staff from Bay Point Prep High School in suburban Milwaukee, vanished without a trace. Light years away, the 513 people stolen from Earth are deposited in the middle of an ancient, primo
Aug 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, read-in-2015
I'm enjoying this graphic novel series so much, I love the characters and the friendships (and relationships?)

It's very clear in this volume that they have made the effort to make this a very diverse book, we have a mixture of different races, we have LGBTQ+ characters and an even amount of male and female characters too. Things like this are what gives me a higher respect for books so thank you for that James Tynion IV and Michael Dialynas!

The story of this volume takes the crazines
Jes Reads
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Can this comic literally stop ruining my life. I got zero done at work today because I could not stop reading this. The history of the new place our characters have been transported to just keeps getting more and more interesting.

And the characters y'all. They're complex. Without giving too much away I love to hate a certain relationship with a boy and his brother. I'm also pretty interested in what kind of relationship two of our characters have. Gay rep maybe? We'll just have to see!

So far thi
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Valéria. by: Ondřej Halíř
Shelves: comics
I'm not going to write separate reviews for the first and second volume, I'll give my opinion on them together. So, besides some small things I did not like (that are my personal problem), this was amazing. I want to continue with reading and I want to know what's going to happen next but my bank account says "no way in like the next three months" *crying like a child*. The series started out really good and got better with every issue. Characters are written really good, every one of them is un ...more
Sep 22, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Not as good as the first one but still enjoyable. I liked how much more of the characters we got to know. We got to see a bunch of the year prior and how various characters interacted with each other then as well as what was going on in the present. I still want to know more about the Woods and what brought them to this alien moon.
Vanessa ♛Queen Alchemy ϟ Novel Nerd Faction♛
This is such a strange and compelling series. One of the things that I like most about this series is the coloring used for the illustrations. It is very eye catching and matches the tone that the story lays out. Some of the illustrations are so lovely that I want to rip them out and frame them on the walls. In this volume, there is a lot more character development with back stories of some of the main characters. I like the science-fictiony direction the series is going. I keep wanting to read ...more
Jul 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is very 'Morning Glories Esque' to me and I Really. Really. Like. It!

Can't wait to keep reading!
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it

The Woods Volume 1 promised a lot, but number 2 manages to struggle with the mythology James Tynion has created. This is a common issue for me with the comic medium and flipping over the first volume is not that uncommon for me. The Woods Volume 2 attempts to bridge the divide and explore the universe Tynion is attempting to reveal. I actually found this slight tiresome and overcomplicated, not the book series I was expecting.

Why the 3.5?

As a follow-up to an excellent volume 1, this is sligh
Jan 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This volume was full of a lot of character background and development that I really enjoyed! I was shocked at a few things and generally sad for the characters. I am really interested to see what happens next!
this volume is the most intense and emotional thing in the world
Sep 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic
After the grand debut, I feared that ''The Woods'' series wouldn't be able to maintain the intrigue or at least the action in the story. But they did. By emphasizing on certain characters, the writers allow us to get closer to the team and see who or what we are rooting for in the finale. ...more
Callie *Fights Censorship*
Oct 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
This is trying very hard to be a science fiction/fantasy Breakfast Club but it just isn't working for me. The narrative I found most interesting in volume 1, the Lord of the Flies type story taking place in the displaced high school, was abandoned in vol 2.

I just don't find anything interesting about the characters, they feel underdeveloped, which is ironic considering this volume was ALL about fleshing out character's backstories. The problem was that they all still felt very shallow and cliche
Aug 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Soooo much better than the first volume. I think this world has potential to be extremely creepy and definitely makes me more interested in checking out the rest of the series. It was nice to get know the background of each character and how their personalities affect their present decisions. The artwork is marvelous and I can't wait to get my hands on the next volume. ...more
Jul 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Okay, now I'm interested. Medieval smashed into sci-fi? Weird dragons? Strange technology? I'm in. The first volume was boring, but this one presents more of a world which I find interesting and potentially complex. ...more
Feb 27, 2020 rated it liked it
(3,1 of 5 for moderate progress forward in the story with the pace of the snail)
Well, second The Woods book perfectly fits to first. Ther is nothing like „arc“, so far it just looks like one big continuous story (for some reason I do not understand) split by 4 issues to books. Weird. But back to content, which is, well, much the same. The story slowly unveils more of the setting and world mechanics, we know more about characters form LGBT+ Weirdkiddos High school, art is still crappy and there i
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