Wayward #5

Writer: Jim Zub Artist: Steve Cummings, John Rauch Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: December 17, 2014 Cover Price: $3.5 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 5
7.9Critic Rating
8.6User Rating

IMAGE COMICS'S SUPERNATURAL SENSATION! The first story arc ends. Revelation and sacrifice.

  • 10
    We The Nerdy - Chad Waller Dec 18, 2014

    And all of the action is great. Steve Cummings nails every aspect of the choreography, creating sequences that are both awesome to look at and easy to follow. Theres plenty of tension and spectacle, and I cannot find a fault with any of it. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Dec 27, 2014

    Wayward is a healthy mix of action, emotion, and damn good storytelling. The comic continues to explore a supernatural area of Japan that is increasingly terrifying. What really shines through is the strength of the character development and how easy it is to connect to them. Each one represents a different aspect of a typical high school student, and we've all been there. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Comic Book Bin - Leroy Douresseaux Dec 16, 2014

    Zub and Cummings leave us with a beautifully drawn and exceptionally told series, and while they leave us with many questions, they also leave us caught in the weave. We want to be Wayward. With each new issue, Wayward expands its scope without losing its great sense of mystery. With similarities to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, yokai manga, and Harry Potter, Wayward is that amazing new fantasy series we've been waiting for DC Comics' Vertigo imprint to give us. Instead, Jim Zub, Steve Cummings, and Image Comics have given it to us. Gimme more. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    BGCP - Marco Piva-Dittrich Dec 18, 2014

    Brilliant conclusion to a great story-arc Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Unleash The Fanboy - Harrison Rawdin Dec 17, 2014

    Wayward #5 is without a doubt a gem that needs to be unearthed by many curious fanboys and fangirls. This outing does lack depth but the creative team maintains their own established level of quality as they sprint toward a turning point. It's weird, fun, dramatic and full of personality as it earns a recommendation from me. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Dec 18, 2014

    It's going to be a long wait until March for the next installment of the series. That gap was definitely a surprise when I hit it, but if it means continuing to get a well put together book like this with the visual appeal of it all, it's definitely worth it. This opening arc has been straightforward overall as it teases its own questions and uncertain aspects and the way it's blended the east/west storytelling and art has definitely been its strength as it's not a caricature nor is it playing it as all weird and goofy. Being a very big fan of both sides of the equation here, that's a huge plus for me. Hopefully things will settle a bit going forward and we get more character time, but it looks like big events will likely dominate when the book returns. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Alex Mansfield Dec 17, 2014

    While the issue does end on a pseudo-cliffhanger, one in which the actual outcome cannot possibly be in question, it is a vigorously successfulclosing chapter to the opening season of Wayward. Reading the story up until now has felt like trying to hop on a rapidly accelerating train and only being able to hold onto the railing as it zooms forward. Who is that? What was that? Wait, did that thing just..? Who cares! This is one of the most fun rides in comics, and one that should appeal to a very wide audience with its blend of genres and vibrant art. It could likely stand to let things breath for a moment when it returns in March 2015, let the dust settle a little so all involved can get their bearings. But Zub and co. probably will return with their feet on the pedal, giving you the perfect excuse to go and catch-up on this uniquely charming series. What's the Japanese word for “Dramamine”? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - F.D. White Dec 16, 2014

    Overall, this issue is a blazer. It's fiery and explosive. It takes no prisoners, and doesn't slow down, whether you like it or not. All you can do is go along for the ride. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Multiversity Comics - David Harper Dec 19, 2014

    I'm enjoying "Wayward". It's a book that I wouldn't count amongst my favorites, but it's an enjoyable yarn that has a fierce and unique identity as well as some great art. Based off what this finale gives us, the future could be even brighter, and I'm excited to see what's next for the book. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Dec 22, 2014

    Wayward #5 is the most significant issue to date, but it lacks the excellent execution of earlier installments. So much is happening that individual moments are not given necessary space to breath and many changes are taken for granted. Its still an exciting thrill ride that increases the scope and drama of Wayward, but it stumbles in doing so. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    AIPT - Jordan Richards Dec 17, 2014

    Wayward #5 was a rather surprising and shocking way to end an arc that's sure to excite the fans" but it's hampered by a lot of problems. The pacing on the book is awful, the buildup and development of its characters has been almost nonexistent, there's way too many mysteries and vagueness for its own good, and the writing is at best average. It's honestly hard to recommend this series, especially when there are other series (especially when it comes to manga) that have a similar plot or have similar elements and do them so much better. As such, Wayward, at least at this point, is not worth your time or money and best left being skipped. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - Andr Habet Dec 20, 2014

    This is the last I'll be reviewing this book for some time, and it's such a beaut due to both Zub's art and Tamra Bonvillain's coloring that I hope it sticks around for a while. Cummings has imagination to spare as evidence by the world and characters he's co-created with Zub, and its evident that this world is full of future stories that should be told. Whether they have a chance to exist will probably rely on readers caring about the fates of Rori and the others. Right now, I don't give a damn. Read Full Review

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