Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Jim Zub
Art, Cover: Steven Cummings
Colours: Tamra Bonvillain with Brittany Peer
Lettering: Marshall Dillon
Alternate cover: Royce Sutherland
In issue #16 Dermot Lane brought his daughter Rori and her Japanese friend Ayane to Ireland, where some weird things started happening to both the young girls.
Issue #17 brought us back to Japan. There, the Japanese military led (and swindled) by Nurarihyon, one of the most powerful Yokai, is battling Rori and Ayane’s team mates. They survive, but have to go into hiding until they are found by a gigantic bone demon… and that’s where the issue closed.
Issue #18 goes back to Ireland and, like the previous two, opens with a flashback on the courting between Rori’s parents: Dermot, a not-too-well-educated Irishman, and Sanae, a shy Japanese tourist. We see Dermot proposing to Sanae, who ends up accepting. But he seems to have something else on his mind, some vague words about a promise to never fall in love…
Wayward keeps getting more and more complex by the page. Who is Dermot, really, and what does he want from his daughter? What’s happening in Japan? Why are Irish cats not responding to Ayane like Japanese cats do?
Irish folklore is as complex as its Japanese counterpart (although maybe slightly better known on this side of the world), so Ann O’Regan’s precious essay at the end of the issue tells us everything we need to know about… no, I’m not telling you, you’ll need to find it out by reading Wayward.
While the story is intricate and full of surprises, the art remains absolutely gorgeous, especially when representing beings that… well… that normally we wouldn’t be able to see (I completely refuse to call them “not real”, not after having read 18 issues of Wayward).
I don’t think I really need to write much more to suggest that Wayward is a series that needs to be read. Actually, if there is only one comic series you have the time for, I’d advise you to consider choosing Wayward.