Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Jim Zub
Art, Cover: Steven Cummings
Colours: Tamra Bonvillain with Brittany Peer
Lettering: Marshall Dillon
Alternate Cover: Tula Lotay
In issue #13 of Wayward we found confirmation of something we had been suspecting for a while: Rori Lane, the leader of the group of young superpowered individuals fighting against “bad spirits” (mainly Yokai and Kitsune) and such all over Tokyo, is being controlled by the Tsuchigumo, the spiders, who also seem to have an issue with the same entities. They drive the heroes to fight a group of Kitsune at Tokyo Tower, where a supernatural fire wins the battle for them – but everyone sees it.
Issue #14 opens with Nurarihyon, the leader of the Yokai, discussing power and abilities with Segawa, a young man with the power of infiltrating networks that Nurarihyon is nurturing. The Yokai leader’s men have managed to recreate a machine that perceives “the strings of fate”, something Rori Lane’s mother died defending: Segawa’s task is to link to it. Meanwhile, in an immigration cell, Rori’s father Dermot is being questioned by the Police: due to the facts at Tokyo Tower, they suspect the girl to be some kind of terrorist. Her young age makes them think that she might be manoeuvred from the outside – maybe by her own father…
As usual, Jim Zub manages to surprise us. Every character in Wayward is, in a way or another… wayward, for any given meaning of the word. And there are so many ways the story can go from here…
Some aspects of the story, in particular the behaviour of the Police towards Dermot Lane, can seem puzzling. Because of this, Zack Davisson – usually in charge of explaining to the readers of Wayward the aspects of Japanese mythology they may not be familiar with – abandons for once the realm of the Yokai to talk about the powers and the rights the Japanese Police has. Davisson’s essay sure makes me want to be really careful not to break the law if I ever visit Japan!
In Wayward, in this issue like in any other, you will find pretty much anything you are looking for in a comic book. Buy it, read it.