It happens every so often that you hear about a comic that peaks your interest, but somehow you never get around to picking up that first issue. Before you know it, it’s three issues in and you feel like you’re already too far behind to enjoy it. That, good people, is what trade paper collections are for!
Image is releasing the first five issues of Wayward this week in a trade paperback that you can pick up for only $9.99. Wayward is the story of a teenage girl set adrift after the divorce of her parents. After staying in Ireland with her Dad doesn’t work out so well, she moves to Japan to live with her Mom. It’s a place she’s never been and she’s worried about fitting in. Fitting in, as it turns out, is the least of her worries, as she discovers she can see things others can’t. She comes face to face with creatures from Japanese mythology and thankfully she also forms her own Scooby Gang.
Wayward is a wonderful coming of age series that rings a little closer to truth than one might expect from a supernatural comic. Rori feels like a person you know, or the person you are. She suffers emotionally from day-to-day life but still wakes up and keeps going. Discovering her latent supernatural talents gives her a distraction from that suffering and helps her find a place, a strange one to be sure, but still a place in this new country. The writing is fantastic, as is the art which is so evocative in creating this magic underworld that exists beneath the surface of the city. One of the best features of the comics has been continued in the collection, the fantastic back pages by Japanese translator/monster expert Zack Davisson. Featuring new monster profiles.
I’m giving Wayward Vol 1: String Theory five out of five stars. This is an enjoyable and fun new series and this collection is the ideal way to catch up with it.
Wayward Vol. 1: String Theory TP (MR)
Writer: Zub, Jim
Artist: Cummings, Steven
Cover Artist: Cummings, Steven
Format: TRADE PAPERBACK (Collects WAYWARD #1-5)