Comic Book Review: Wayward #23
The issue before was a wake-up call about these Wayward kids. There was only thing I ever felt missing from this group of kid as they took their rise to power, and that was how convincing their power was to be New Gods. Rori already reached levels of greatness, but the others still had some ways to go. We’ve seen what godly powers Nikaido can unleash, so now it seems Ohara is up next.
I’m glad Jim Zub is such a good writer so that I didn’t have to dwell on the two questions I had the minute the story shifted to Ohara losing control of her powers. At first I was wondering at what point in time this was taking place, and then on top of that I had to question where Shirai was for her to be alone in a state like this. The answers came fast, and from there we were able to jump into the madness that is Ohara’s powers spiraling out of control. The only question that remained after that was what could have triggered this spike in power. As they said, Ohara’s power reflects the manmade world around her, but there still had to be some trigger for this to happen without her knowing.
This exploration of Ohara’s powers quickly became a point of interest when they began teasing what the source of her power may be. I like that what seemed so simple, had a deeper meaning to it in the traditional sense. It was a fascinating experience because she is one of the few who hasn’t had a strong encounter with what is beyond this world. Someone like Shirai could probably understand the spirit world and their place in ours, but to someone like Ohara it would be a bit terrifying. While we don’t get into everything we may want to on this subject, we have much to look forward to when you at least know that no one’s power is perfect. Rori can harm herself if she pushes too far, Nikaido is a walking emotional bomb in the wrong places, and Ohara’s power can backfire without complete control from herself whether physically or mentally. At this point I’m going to assume that Shiarai has already found the ceiling for his powers which is pretty high with the added upgrade he got some time ago from that eye entity.
Now as exciting as this is for Ohara to finally dig into the true nature of her powers, it was better that this could serve as the entry-point for all of them Wayward kids in Japan to finally start coming together. Nikaido’s incident could be contained and overlooked, though something like this you can’t hide. While you want to see Ohara saved from herself, now there is also the expectation of what happens when they all find themselves exposed once again. It goes without saying that there is danger to any one of them being caught by the The Nurarihyon.
Steve Cummings and Tamra Bonvillain really outdo themselves with this issue. Let me tell you this, I may be behind on many anime series, but I’ve seen more than my fair share of anime movies. The quality of artwork felt movie-like and that is what captivated me the minute we stepped into this situation with Ohara. They started off very well with the distorting and destruction of the building around Ohara, especially when it came to the style of the panel layout which impressed throughout the issue. I even liked the ominous build-up when we first started to see the change in Ohara’s word text. So big that a bubble wasn’t even necessary, though the style fitting as well considering still spoken in a different language. But what truly amazes you is when you first set eyes on the full rendering of Ohara in side this giant structure that looks just like her. That was so creative for the fact that it looked like Ohara made out of a bunch of ‘manmade objects’. Tamra Bonvillain shined here as it was almost possible to pick out what from this build she was composed of. She then took off with the appeal of this artwork through the spirits that Ohara run into from there. That was where they really started to mix the mythology in here. So vibrant and alive was that scene as these spirits look ancient and colorful in both appearance and personality.
We got some excellent character development from Wayward #23 as Ohara now proves to be just a much of a danger to herself as she can be in an offensive situation. Controlling her powers could make her the most useful asset in the group, but for now that is a big if with the way this issue concluded. I’m glad that this wasn’t a situation dealt with so quickly. They clearly put thought into what she is capable of, with elements of fable/myth to back it up.