One of the things I got to do while at Phoenix ComiCon was talk to Jim Zub about his upcoming comic, Wayward.

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Jim described it like this:

Rori Lane is an outsider by nature, but moving to Tokyo to live with her single mom has only exacerbated her weirdness. She’s feeling out of sorts, worried about fitting in, and as if that wasn’t enough, strange things are beginning to happen. Glowing symbols and patterns are starting to appear before her eyes . . . and she’s the only one who seems to notice.

In Wayward a group of teens living in Tokyo find a common bond in manifesting strange, supernatural abilities. As they begin to unravel the mystery behind their powers and their common source they’re drawn into a war with the vestiges of Japan’s monstrous mythic past.

I’m excited. There’s a lot to be excited about here.

1) FEMALE PROTAG! WOO!

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2) The story is set in Japan and most of the main characters are JAPANESE! The main character, Rori,  is half Japanese, half Irish. Thus the red hair.

Wayward01-143)  MONSTERS.  Lela loves Monsters. This is FACT. But not only monsters, creatures from Japanese folklore, which is awesome because non-Eurocentric stuff just doesn’t get enough play! And, as a bonus, Jim told me that each issue will feature an essay on the myth being explored.

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4) Teen girls kicking a** just scratches that Buffy itch, yanno? And the fact that they are NOT all naked and idealized to death is amazing too!

 

Wayward premiers Aug 27th from Image Comics.

Writer: Jim Zub (Skullkickers, Samurai Jack

Penciler: Steve Cummings (Legends of the Dark KnightDeadshot).

Colorist: John Rauch (Invincible)

Letterer: Marshall Dillon  (Skullkickers, Pathfinder)