Review: Wayward #7

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Wayward #7 Cover AOur motley crew of young characters move forward from the tragedy. By gaining a new friend, they have been able to continue fighting the demons around Japan, although the motives that fuels each person may be different.

(This is a review of an ongoing series. Check out the previous issue’s post on Wayward #6 here. Or go back to the beginning here with Wayward #1 here.)

This issue continues the calm as each side is working on their own thing. The quiet and studio Japanese student, Ohara, has moved on from her shock in this new world of powers and violence. She has teamed up with Ayane and Nikaido to fight demons alongside them. They discover the foundation of her new powers in manipulating man-made creations. Meanwhile, a group of monsters meet up and then get a very creepy message from another another. Seriously creepy considering my phobia.

This is what makes this comic so endearing to me. The art is so beautiful, and then something creepy or scary bolts at you. It definitely keeps you on the toes.

The issue is pretty mellow for the most part until the end of the issue. The Obon festival, Japan’s elaborate festival of the dead, has arrived. According to Japanese lore, the boundary between the living and the dead are thin so that allows for ghosts to come and visit their living relatives and friends. Ayane is not impressed by all the gaiety and instead drags Ohara off to a familiar and heartbreaking site.

Up to this point, Ayane has been an intense and brutal character. She still remains a fan favorite but sometimes her actions remind us that she has a wild and unhinged side. She is as unpredictable as cat in terms of violence and attachments. This issue added another depth to that unpredictability: loyalty. Also, it reminded us that we’re glad that Ayana is on “good guys” side.

Ohara’s ability to controls man-creations really reminds of Ms. Marvel. Especially the panel where she punched through the tree Ohara’s seemingly quick acceptance of her role in the group shows how desperately she craved some sort of chaos in her controlled life.

Nikaido’s power seems to be reading minds and possibly manipulating them. Not just content to be a telepathic, his powers also extends to demons. Which by far makes him the most passively scary member in that group.

Come to think of it, all of their powers have the serious potential of being dangerous. For now they are all using them for their own selfless reason. To avenge Rori or just to protect. Being young also means being quite impressionable. Will there be a future outside influence that changes the dynamic? I wouldn’t be surprised if I saw that happening.

I’m becoming real curious about all of these powers. Will there be an explanation for why or how they are obtaining them? Does its manifestation have to do with their young age? Why these children and not others? Is this localized in Japan? What are the significance for these powers? It may have looked random, but there is an emerging pattern to these powers. Since a weaver seems to hold the most coveted power, a huge scheme of manipulation is afoot.

There is one huge complaint I have about the series.Even with a story rich issue, it never feels like enough. Seven issues in and there is still so much to know, so many questions unanswered. The first volume of collected issues (issues #1-#5)  is out and I highly recommend jumping in on that. As for myself, I’m just gonna wait impatiently for the next issue. Very impatiently.

Wayward #7 is available now at you local comic book retailer.

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