Image Thinks They Have The Answer To ‘Buffy’ With Wayward”

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Jim Zub’s new book has set some high expectations for itself. I’m not sure if its Zub himself or Image who are claiming “Wayward” is “Buffy the Vampire Slayer for a new generation,” but that’s a lot to strive for. Image sent out a teaser yesterday, and now we know it is not a comic book about Charlie Kelly smashing rats, but rather the coming-of-age story of Rori Lane who learns she must battle Japanese mythological monsters.

It’s an interesting enough premise, so let’s see what Zub and artist Steve Cummings have in store. At the very least, we know there will be cats.
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From the press release:

Writer Jim Zub (SKULLKICKERS, Samurai Jack) teams up with penciler Steve Cummings (Legends of the Dark Knight, Deadshot) and color artist John Rauch (INVINCIBLE) to create a Buffy the Vampire Slayer for a new generation in WAYWARD, coming from Image Comics in August.

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.

“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.”

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.

WAYWARD #1 arrives in stores on 8/27, and will be available for $3.50 with special variant covers by Alina Urusov (Birds of Prey), Jeff “Chamba” Cruz (Street Fighter), and Adam Warren (Empowered).