The dream of all us outcasts, freaks, and geeks is to suddenly discover we are so much more than people think we are. It’s the appeal of Harry Potter, we all want that damn letter from Hogwarts! When your life is in chaos and you don’t know where it’s all going to end-up how amazing would it be to discover you were special. Not just run of the mill special, but the seeing things others can’t, kind of special. Rori Lane of Wayward is on the brink of just such a discovery.
We meet Rori on a plane traveling to her new life in Japan. After her parents’ divorce things with Dad didn’t work out too well, so Rori is going to live with her Mom in a country whose language she speaks but where she’s never been. When she goes out exploring while her Mom’s at work, she is surprised when a gang of street toughs turn out to be more than they first appear. Not to mention the blue haired girl who comes to her rescue and since when can she see paths laid out in front of her when she’s trying to figure out where to go?
I enjoyed the hell out of Wayward. I have a fondness for teenage girl protagonists, and Rori is definitely cut from the same cloth as many of the adventurous girls who’ve come before her. She feels like she doesn’t fit where she is, so suddenly discovering she may fit somewhere else completely opens up a whole new world of adventure for her. I enjoyed the writing and appreciated the story setting and it’s homage to legendary Japanese monster tales. The art is colorful, sharp and appealing. The way the panels are drawn definitely make you feel that there is magic in this world and that you want to discover it along with her.
I’m giving Wayward four out of five stars. It’s just a set-up issue but all the pieces are put in place for a wonderful series. I’m definitely looking forward to watching Rori discover her new world.
Here’s a few pages to give you a taste:
Writer: Zub, Jim
Artist: Cummings, Steven
Cover Artist: Cummings, Steven
On Sale: August 27, 2014
Diamond Id: JUN140487