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Wayward, Vol. 3: Out from the Shadows

(Wayward #3)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  622 ratings  ·  80 reviews
After the massive revelations of Wayward volume two, chaos reigns. The new gods of Japan have arrived and a clash with the myths of old will change the country forever. JIM ZUB (Conan Red Sonja, Samurai Jack) and STEVE CUMMINGS (Dead Shot, Legends of the Dark Knight) continue their supernatural spectacle that combines the camaraderie and emotion of shows like Buffy with Ja ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published May 31st 2016 by Image Comics
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May 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: image-comics
Wayward's second volume took the series to the next level and Out From the Shadows easily continues that momentum.

The only drawback is that there's almost too much packed into these five issues. There are a few moments that needed a bit more room to breathe. (view spoiler) ...more
May 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics-other
Along with Black Science, Vol. 4: Godworld, the strongest arc-to-date of it's story.

Also along with Black SCiene, this is not a great jumping-on point for the series, though it is marginally better at giving the backstory than Black Science.
GrilledCheeseSamurai (Scott)
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: image, comics, series
Just chugging along and enjoying the hell outta these. This one is action-packed and feels like its just one fight leading into the next, leading into the next and all of a sudden you are at the end and...wait? What just happened?

Yeah...I'll definitely be reading the next one to see what happens....
I was really struggling between 2 and 3 stars for this but I figure if there's that much uncertainty it's more realistic to go with the lower rating. This series has so much potential but I feel like nothing ever really happens or gets explained, so it's like great art and concept but really poor execution. Also I really don't like Rori's dad so I'm unsure how I feel about that whole subplot.
Jun 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
The third volume concerning the clash of modernity of the old ways and its attendant yokais with the future of Japan at stake. Still an entertaining ride.
Tom Ewing
Jun 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Jim Zub and Steve Cummings' culture-clash fightfest hits its stride in the third volume, unburdened from the need to introduce scads of new characters - though it can't resist one or two more. Rory Lane's group of "new gods of Japan" have a suspiciously strangest-teens-of-all vibe to them, but as stories of teenage superfreaks go Wayward is enjoyably visceral - Cummings' smooth art (particularly gorgeous on the covers) giving a gloss of prettiness to the plentiful and brutal fight scenes. Fans o ...more
Jul 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic-books
This volume was totally on the street gang war side, with several battles between Rori's team and Nurarihyon's minions. The normal humans were also more involved, trying to defend their country against all the destruction. Because of those two sides, I was less hooked by the story than before, but the introduction of two new characters with powers was great, as usual (and she was so cute!). It was also interesting to see duos forming more deeply inside the team, bringing some fights to another l ...more
Apr 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a decent series, but the best thing about it so far is the supplemental material at the end of each collection, discussing Japanese history and the origins of the supernatural cast of characters for his stories.
This volume ended on a surprising note, and I'm eager to see what happens next.
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
3.0 Stars

This graphic novel wasn't quite as good as the previous ones. I wanted more character development, but this volume solely focused on the action and fight scenes. I was intrigued by the ending, but the next volume will need more emphasis on the character storylines in order to keep me reading this series.
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Enjoyed this graphic novel series and hope to get next volumes as well.
What I love about them beside graphics and interesting characters are little essays at the end of each volume that are very informative on Japanese history and culture.
Honesty, I can't figure out if I like the use of myth better or the kick ass girls. I really don't know. This is not a good point to start the series. Go back to the beginning if you haven't read this. This issue is a bit more violent, but the story telling works really well.
Will Robinson Jr.
Nov 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Wow! Wayward is such a good series for Image. The first and second volumes were more of an introduction to the heroes of the story. The third volume takes the story into amazement overload. First I have to say the visuals for this series are really top notch. The artists team should be proud. I really loved the use of the warm colors and the purple really gives the story a mystic quality. The magic in this book is so unique and the mythic beasts are draw very well. Every page is just beautiful. ...more
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Ross Alon
Mar 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Another okay book, from an okay series. The art is nice. Sadly already bought it all so you'll get al least 2 more of these pinup review, which probably go the same wasy.

Skipping this series will not mean you'll miss anything.
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great story. Japanese and Irish mythology are being mixed. I really liked the fox spirit, Inaba Kami's eye make-up.
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
Something's missing. The dad made it kinda random I think.
Jun 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Really enjoying this series.
In this volume we get to see a new teenager with powers that just appeared out of nowhere, we see that Nurarihyon is trying to maintain some sort of order but it's not clear why or what exactly will happen if order is lost [though it can't be anything good for anyone]. Aside from that we finally get to see Rori's dad, and we're shown a tiny twist that can really change the game, but most likely not in a good way [I'm not a huge fan of this twist, though it does explain why Rori seems so goddamn ...more
Rori's bad habit of going all-out and kicking butt to the point of endangering herself (and getting incapacitated in the process), and then clawing her way back into the fold (while her friends are busy pressing the old guard of Japan) . . . It's not a healthy habit. And she should probably cut it out.

In WAYWARD, the absence of its main character tends to drain a bit of fun from the story, but overall, it's still a good book.

In Out From the Shadows, the indomitable firestarter, Nurarihyon, struggle
Jul 14, 2016 rated it liked it
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Jul 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the third volume in the Wayward series. This continues to be a good, but not great, graphic novel series with supernatural/urban fantasy themes that is set in Tokyo. The beautiful artwork and vivid coloring are what really make this graphic novel series stand out.

Our super-powered teens, dubbed the “new gods” of Japan are on a mission to wipe out the Yokai once and for all. The leader of the Yokai finds another teen with special powers named Segawa Touru and recruits him to h
Scott Lee
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I get the feeling that there's something about this series that just tickles my fancy more than most--I'm not sure that I can articulate what it is about it that appeals to me especially, anymore than various subgenres of fantasy that I'm particularly fond of of which it makes effective use.

In any case another stellar volume. Zub doesn't entirely lose his sense of humor in this series--although it's definitely not the focus the way it was in Skull Kickers--and I appreciate that. This book is nearly as viol
May 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
Wayward is surely an interesting comic, although it's very strongly weeaboo, which hinders the whole thing. The comic series started well, but it keeps scattering all around and this third part was such a mess. It differs a lot from the former parts and things Zub actually got right and going are somehow not working here - or even absent, which baffles me. Basically Wayward volume 3 is just Rori's gang fighting the yokai and nothing else. Hardly anything else happens except people and creatures ...more
James DeSantis
May 09, 2017 rated it liked it
This series continues to be entertaining even while being heavily flawed. Somehow I get wrapped up in each volume, moments really get me suckered in, but on the flipside there's a lot of "just okay" moments. So anyway let's get in to this!

What I liked: This volume is basically all fights. Cat girl and new fox girl are now teaming up to take down baddies. Why? Who cares. Blood, action, cursing! GO GO GO! Entertaining, lots of cursing because fuck it, and vivid colors. It works because it's so ov
Sep 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This volume was clearly marking out the transition from the beginning, when the Wayward children met each other and discovered their powers, to a new chapter where they confront the yokai directly. Initially, the setup with this volume and its focus on action made me think of the X-Men if they had been born in Japan, but the last third brought in new themes and concepts that elevated the quality of the story. The story of the struggle of the yokai in the modern world is a powerful one that grapp ...more
Jun 10, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy, comics, ya, 2010s
The third volume finally started explaining a bit more of backstory/history/reasons of the yokai, tengu, kami, etc. I was strongly reminded of Neil Gaiman's American Gods, with the idea that the gods are sustained by the beliefs of humans, thus the new "godlings" in Japan are built up by modern society rather than the faith of old. Unfortunately, the ever expanding cast did little to move the story along besides than constant battles between the "good guys" and the "demons". The introduction of Rori' ...more
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A most satisfying third volume, indeed!

'Wayward' has the same approach the early DCEU films took: what would *actually* happen if a superpowered being showed up? What would *actually* happen if all the things that went into hiding, because nobody would believe or accept them, were threatened and had to come into the open? It's not pretty. It's often gruesome, and frequently terrifying.

I told myself I would either cut out at the end of volume 2, or go through to the end. Guess I'm seeing this s
Jan 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Out of the Shadows is the third installment of Jim Zub’s Wayward graphic novel series. Like the previous two, the story continues to pick up steam and pace; however, that isn’t necessarily for the best. You may end up feeling a little suffocated by how quickly the scenes more along, there is little time to properly take in and reflect on each new revelation.

The artwork shines through – the colors are vibrant, the action sequences hypnotizing, and the character’s beautifully drawn. Th
Anniken Haga
So I've rather enjoyed the first two volumes in this series, but in both I've had a feeling that things go a little too fast. I've hoped the story would calm down by vol. 3, that we would get to know the characters and their powers better, maybe get some backstory on Ayane, and also give us some ''drama'' in form of story with the spiders and character relationships.
But I'm sorry to say that the story still seems rather rushed. So much is happening it is almost too much.
I still enjoy the serie
Jun 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I like each volume more than the last. Rori’s predicament was handled very well and I was invested in the outcome of the fighting.. I was also very happy that the group of teens was not as split up as they were in the last volume. Wayward has a way of reeling me in and then ending on a cliff hanger. While I prefer to have books and series end more wrapped up, Wayward has a way of creating the perfect cliff hanger where I NEED to know what will happen next, but I was satisfied with the ending of ...more
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Jim Zub is a writer, artist and art instructor based in Toronto, Canada. Over the past fifteen years he’s worked for a diverse array of publishing, movie and video game clients including Disney, Warner Bros., Capcom, Hasbro, Bandai-Namco and Mattel.

He juggles his time between being a freelance comic writer and Program Coordinator for Seneca College‘s award-winning Animation program.

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