This week we see the return of Wayward to the book shelves. The series has been on a hiatus since Mid-December, following the somewhat climactic cliffhanger ending of issue #5. Issue #6 starts the second story arc, which picks up three months after the events in issue #5 (I see what you did there, Zub).
We are introduced to a new character, Ohara Emi. She seems like your typical teenage Japanese girl, until she starts exhibiting the ability to absorb materials she comes in contact with and experiences a vision of Rori. Just how is Ohara connected to Rori? More importantly, why do the spirits want her dead?
Seeing the series return to the shelves after a three month absence. Introducing a new character that wasn’t immediately connected to the first story arc is a great way to introduce new readers to the series. During the first story arc, Jim Zub did a lot of world-building for half of its run. By the fourth and fifth issues, events sped up in the Wayward universe. Good thing, for new readers, that the trade for the first arc also comes out this week too. There’s a moment in this issue that is definitely connected the second issue. Think of it as an Easter egg in regards to how Ohara and Rori are connected.
Ayane is back and doing what she does best! Both Ohara and new readers are about to get an education in Monster Mashing 101 from the master. Hands down, Ayane is my favorite character from this series. And is her hair a new color? Check out this issue.
I was a little disappointed that we didn’t learn what actually happened to Rori and Shiari after that cliffhanger ending issue #5 had. Rori does make her presence felt in the issue, but it raises questions. It was the one thing I hoped would get explained and it didn’t happen in this issue. Guess I’m going to have to wait.
For readers new to the series, this issue’s an excellent place to hop on. I am so happy to see its return. Wayward has been a favorite of mine from month to month. I’ve recommended Wayward to many folks at my local comic shop. So long as Jim Zub and Steve Cummings continue to deliver a great series, I will continue to recommend this series.