Series: Wayward #1
Published: March 25th 2015 by Image Comics
Genres: Graphic Novels
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I picked up the first volume of Wayward on a whim. Mike and I were about to go tent camping, and we figured that reading comics in the tent would be fun, so I ordered a bunch of random trades published by Image. For any non-comic-book-fans, Image is interesting because characters belong to the authors rather than the publisher. That means that rather than the same DC/Marvel superheroes, you get more experimental and often artsy works.
Wayward is one such example that I happened to love. The basic premise is this: a half Irish half Japanese girl named Rori has lived her whole life in Ireland. But her parents are divorced, and now she’s moving to Japan to live with her mother. When Rori goes to Japan, she is one of the only people who can see yokai, or spirits/monsters. She can also see the threads of physics (I guess?) that lead to different events.
Oh, and did I mention that there are cats?
Here are some quick thoughts on the book:
- I loved the artwork in this volume. It’s got this whole sunset color thing going on, with lots of dark blue nighttime shadows, but then bright hues of pink and green to really pop and keep it from seeming too grim.
- I also liked that (from a naive Westerner’s perspective anyway) Wayward made an effort to get Japan right, rather than treating Japanese lore as a decoration. And it was especially cool to read a comic set in Japan because I spent last weekend at an anime convention and went to a panel on the yokai, which made me want to read more about them.
- Wayward is a pretty straightforward story–it’s easy to follow, and doesn’t get confusing. There are times when it’s almost too straightforward. This is definitely a book where the setting and atmosphere are stronger than the plot.
- CATS!!!!!!!! Need I say more?
I enjoyed Wayward enough that I felt the irresistible urge to order the second volume immediately. Make of that what you will.