It’s another Wednesday and that means another fascinating title released via Image Comics.
I know, I know. This particular column has been dipping into the Image well quite a bit this year – but believe me, all of those titles have been worthy ones to read. And if history is any kind of teacher, then so will that publishing company’s latest offering, the supernatural tale called Wayward.
Follow mw after the jump for the mystical scoop on the new series.
Written by: Jim Zub
Illustrated by: Steve Cummings and John Rauch
Published by: Image Comics
Wayward is being billed as Buffy the Vampire Slayer for a new generation – and I know that there are a lot of huge Buffy fans out there. Some of them come part and parcel with this very site. Case in point, BBP’s Editor-In-Chief, Andy Burns, is the biggest fan I know.
That tag line might only be best used as a starting point for Wayward because there’s more going on here than just that quick comparison. Still, it’s a good one that will definitely give you a flavour for what this series is all about.
Rori Lane, a half Irish, half Japanese teen starts a new life with her Mom in Toyko. It’s here, in a world that is brand new to her, where Rori comes across secrets and mysteries and supernatural powers that threaten everything she knows and holds dear.
Under the creative stewardship of writer Jim Zub (Skullkickers, Samurai Jack) and artists Steve Cummings (Legends of the Dark Knight, Deadshot) and John Rauch (Invincible), Wayward is a coming-of-age story against the backdrop of Japanese supernatural and mystical culture with a greater mystery to untangle. It’s fresh and exciting and involving and, perhaps, more importantly, relevant to a new generation of comic book readers.
If you were a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, you’ll be pleased to see the whimsy, camaraderie and excitement of teen monster-slaying dynamics at work once again. If you’re too young to remember Buffy, well, then you’re in for a real treat.
Make the run to your local comic book shop today and pick up Wayward #1.
Strange powers, stranger villains and teen angst amidst a backdrop of Japanese mythology (and manga) – Wayward is definitely a series to be caught!