Wayward #2

by F.D. White on September 24, 2014

Written by: Jim Zib
Line Art: Steve Cummings
Colors: John Rauch
Letters: Marshall Dillon

Being a teenager is tough, especially when you can only feast on souls to stay alive. Enter Shirai. The newest cast member in this continually surprising series.

When I saw Shirai on the cover I was initially taken aback. He looks like your standard one-word, tough guy. After I finished this issue it's good to know that he's not that at all.

That's what I love about Wayward so far. It takes familiar ideas and makes them seem completely fresh. It takes the misfit trope and pushes it to a whole new level. Not only is Rori from an entirely different country, but she's also got crazy powers that are slowly being revealed to us.

All of these wild moments are beautifully rendered and brought to life by Steve Cummings and John Rauch. Their characters feel real. Their expressions alive on the page. Also, it's important to note that their backgrounds and settings are INCREDIBLE. I mean, absolutely beautiful. They've made a lifelong fan out of me in two issues.

Now, even though I loved this issue it's not to say that it doesn't have a few minor problems. Sometimes Rori's narration and dialogue came across as a little stilted and forced. Also, there's a graphic scene of self-mutilation that I'm not 100% sure I understand the reasons of just yet. That, however, will probably be clarified in the coming issues.

Wayward continues with an incredibly strong second outing that is vivid and eye-catching. Don't miss this one.

F.D. White is a writer working on his first comic mini-series, "The Fourth Sun." You can follow him on Twitter @fdwhite19

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