Review: Wayward #12

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Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Jim Zub
Art, Cover: Steven Cummings
Colours: Tamra Bonvillain with Marissa Louise
Lettering: Marshall Dillon
Alternate cover: Vivian Ng

In issue #11 the ancient Yokai, the spirits of Japan, after having been defeated by the five self-proclaimed “New Gods of Japan” (and it is not just a fancy name), start regrouping. And they quickly manage to recruit a dangerous weapon: Segawa, a young man with the ability of controlling electricity and data networks. Meanwhile, in Narita Airport in Tokyo, a red-headed man is stopped by security. We find out that his name is Dermot Lane, and he is in Japan looking for his daughter – Rori Lane, the (unwilling but immensely powerful) leader of the “New Gods”.

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Issue #12 of Wayward shows us Segawa (who also features on the cover, if you want to know how he looks) being trained by Nurarihyon, the apparent leader of the Yokai. He is powerful, but he is struggling to control his powers. Meanwhile, Ayane and the spider-like Tsuchigumo keep vigil over the unconscious Rori.

Everything seems nearing another cracking point, with betrayals and surprises brewing.

Wayward is a fascinating series, deep in the folklore of Japan but not so much to be impossible to understand (and anyway, for those who want to know more, at the end of every issue there are always brilliant essays by Zack Davisson, who amongst other things translated into English most of the works by the recently passed Manga Maestro – or rather, Sensei – Shigeru Mizuki), full of surprises and turns of events, intersecting stories and subplots.

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The art is also amazing, with every page going into detail: monsters and old buildings, people and technology – everything is represented as it looks in reality. Or as it would look if it existed. Yes, this last sentence does make sense.

So, Wayward is a series that reserves tons of surprises – all positive. Get into it!

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