Wayward #1 Review

Written by: Jim Zub

Art by: Steve Cummings

Publisher: Image

I was sold on Issue 1 of Wayward at the cover, which depicts a cute girl holding two very cruel weapons surrounded by demon-like cats. There are certain things in this world that are just very hard to hate.

Issue 1 introduces us to Rori Lane, a half Japanese half Irish girl who has just moved to Japan to live with her mother. Off the bat, I like Rori. She describes entering Japan as, “Like I’m going home even though I’ve never been there before” which feels deep and engaging. This is one of the first things she says, and it’s a strong way to start off a new series.

Rori’s style is also something I like, and the artwork makes her really pop out. She’s wears very loud and bright clothing, as if she’s dabbling in the Scene (it’s like a reverse Goth) crowd. Her red hair only adds to the charm.

Even in this one Issue, I feel like I get a strong sense of Rori. Wayward is an apt description for her, though forlorn seems to work as well. She describes navigating a new city as just “connecting the dots,” and I get the impression that she’s weary of traveling. There’s a history to her, and I’d like to know more.

Of course, there’s also a future to explore, and it’s one set in a very monster-charged version of Tokyo. Myth and magic come into play in Issue 1, and I get the feeling that things are only going to get crazier as time goes on. That makes me happy.

The last few pages of this comic are actually straight text. The writers have set Wayward in Japan, and they want their audience to know more about the culture and the mythologies present. At first I frowned, wanting more comic over a history lesson, but it didn’t take long for me to enjoy the information given. Mythology is fun, and from the sounds of it, Japan has an amazing lexicon to work with. Once again, I look forward to more.

Honestly, the only real issue I had with Issue 1 is the exposition vomit in the beginning, though thankfully it only lasts about three or so pages. Everything else is pretty great, and—if you can’t tell by now—I’m looking forward to Issue 2.