I ♥ WAYWARD (Image) [comics]

WAYWARD by writer Jim Zubkavich, artist Steven Cummings and colorist Tamra Bonvillain is hands-down my favourite ongoing comic right now. I love it. The second arc will wrap up in issue #10 next month, which sadly means pangs of longing until I get to see the third arc, but it also means my WAYWARD five-part cover panorama will be complete, which I find is a very cool concept:

WaywardCover06_10-writer Jim Zub, artist Steve Cummings, and colorist Tamra Bonvillain The ‘Wayward’ Creative Team Take Us Behind the Scenes of their Ambitious Five Issue Panoramic Cover

This isn’t the first time the creators have played around with the cover art either:

“My Neighbor Totoro” (となりのトトロ) 1988 Japanese animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki.

There are so many stories out there, so good artwork has become my deciding factor of whether I commit to subscribing to a comic or not. WAYWARD sold me in issue one; described as the camaraderie of Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Japanese mythology, which is a good selling line, but to me it is much more than that. The colouring, textures, detailed background work, youthful characters and their adversaries all make for a progressive narrative experience in each issue.

WAYWARD is a well-researched tapestry of monsters, magic, and myths. Mystical powers and genuine historical Japanese folklore collide in this underrated piece, I would definitely recommend to friends interested in getting into comics — it is a genuine comic experience executed to the best of each craftsman’s abilities, and again, I love it. Plus, you know, kids fighting a subculture of evil creatures in Japan; why not!?

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That’s in issue #1. As for the modern-day Tokyo setting where readers are transported to, Cummings says of some settings, are only “meant to exemplify the overall look and feel of a particular area of the city”, but when they do include a specific locale, the attention to detail really shows, as comicbook.com author Chase Magnett discovered during a trip to Ikebukuro plaza in Japan:

Seriously, I ♥ COMICS

~ by Fionnlagh on June 27, 2015.

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