Independent comic book publisher Image Comics has announced that the first volume of Jim Zubkavich and Steve Cummings’ Wayward will hit comic shop shelves on March 25th, and will retail for only $9.99.
The price point has become a standard practice for Image, as it has proven to incentivize new readers while also not seeming prohibitive for fans who’ve collected the series in single issues to that point.
Zubkavich has drawn heavy attention in the last several weeks after discussing the economics of the creator-owned market at length in a blog post. The post compared the growth of Wayward’s sales in comparison to sales on his previous Image title, Skullkickers, as a way of illustrating the steady increase in economic viability in the creator-owned market.
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“Wayward by the great Jim Zub is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED”
Writer Jim Zub (SKULLKICKERS, Samurai Jack) and artist Steven Cummings (Legends of the Dark Knight, Deadshot) spin enchantment and mystery together in a fantasy story about one girl’s battle against the mythological creatures everyday mortals fail to see. Set in Japan, WAYWARD’s depiction of the busy city streets of Tokyo and its rich occult history make it as much a living, breathing character as teen protagonist Rori.
“Wayward is about disaffected youth battling myths of old and, just like being a teenager, it’s intense, funny, emotional, and violent,” said Zub. “’String Theory’ is our first step into this twisted world of modern, mystic mystery and I’m excited to bring readers along for the ride.”
In WAYWARD, VOL.1: STRING THEORY, readers meet Rori, a misfit teen reluctantly transplanted from Ireland to her strange and new home in Japan with her mother. From the get-go there are some cultural adjustments to be made and Rori feels like a fish out of water—but things take a turn for the weird when she begins glimpsing things — creatures — that no one else can see.
“Wayward is a coming of age tale that comes up against monsters set in the very real Japan that everyday people experience,” said Cummings, who lives in Yokohama. “Well, except they don’t experience monsters… With every new step in the voyage we get to take our readers along for a guided tour of Tokyo and its Yokai side.”
WAYWARD, VOL. 1: STRING THEORY arrives in comic book stores on March 25 and bookstores on April 7 for the low introductory price of $9.99. It is available for pre-order now.