A Review: WAYWARD #1

The Fellowship was fortunate enough to obtain a copy of WAYWARD #1 from Image Comics. Jim Zub writes, Steve Cummings draws and John Rauch & Zub color.

Rori is a teenage girl who’s moving to Japan to live with her mother. Mom has to go to work, though, and jet lag sets in, so Rori goes exploring her new neighborhood. Soon she meets some unsavory characters, but Ayane arrives to save the day (with a horde of cats). It looks like Rori’s knack for finding the right path is going to come in handy in her new home.

Rori’s a nice kid and a great lead character – her chatty narration is a good sign. She’s wise beyond her years and not afraid to explore her surroundings. Ayane is a bit of a mystery (as are the unsavory dudes) and learning about them (and herself to an extent) should make for a fun first arc. We’re also getting a really nice Tokyo backdrop in every panel, and the faces are absolutely stunning.

Zub fans have been waiting for this book for months now, and it does not disappoint. Adventure and humor go hand in hand in his books, and this one is definitely working. Jump on at the beginning.

WAYWARD #1 is available now at your FLCS or at imagecomics.com.

~Mike ( @MikeyGeek )