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Wayward Brings Japanese Monsters to the Forefront
Godzilla is not the only monster to come out of Japan. This August, Jim Zub, Steve Cummings, and John Rauch aim to bring the mythological monsters from the country's past and into the present with Wayward, a new comic debuting this August from Image Comics. It's being marketed as “the perfect series for wayward Buffy fans.” Do you see what they did there?
Wayward centers on Rori Lane, recently relocated to Tokyo with her single Mom and struggling with her own weirdness and outsider status. I'm sure living in Japan will help that. While she's worried about fitting in and other things that young woman concern themselves with, strange things begin to happen. Glowing symbols and patterns start to appear before here eyes but she's the only one who seems to notice.
"Wayward is a coming-of-age story filled with mystery and emotion. It's also an ass-kicking joy ride with teenagers beating the hell out of Japanese mythological monsters,” said Zub. “Steve and I built this series from the ground up to play to both our strengths. I can't wait for people to see what we have planned.”
Rori is joined by a group of teens living in Tokyo who find a common bond in manifesting strange, supernatural abilities. As they learn the secrets behind their new powers and their common source, they're pulled into a war with the remnants of Japan's monstrous mythic past.
The first issue of Wayward is set to debut on August 27th, 2014 for $3.50. It will feature variant covers by Alian Urusov, Jeff “Chamba” Cruz, and Adam Warren.
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