Big Issues: Japanese mythology fuels teenage rebellion in Image’s Wayward

Each week, Big Issues focuses on a newly released comic-book issue of significance. This week, it’s Wayward #10. Written by Jim Zub (Skullkickers, Samurai Jack) with art by Steve Cummings (Grimm Fairy Tales, Deadshot) and colors by Tamra Bonvillain (Sleepy Hollow, Ghost Racers), this issue spotlights the series’ mythological roots and sets up an exciting new status quo for the teenage heroes. (Warning: this review reveals major plot points.)

Buffy in Japan” is a phrase that comes up over and over in promotional materials and reviews of Wayward, and for good reason. It’s a comic about teenagers in Tokyo who fight monsters with their supernatural abilities, so the Buffy The Vampire Slayer comparison is apt. But Joss Whedon’s TV series is primarily a teen drama while Jim Zub and Steve Cummings’ Wayward leans more heavily into the mythological aspects of its narrative. The scale of the story …

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