String Theory (Wayward volume 1) ★★★★
Ties That Bind (Wayward volume 2) ★★★★
Out From the Shadows (Wayward volume 3) ★★★★
by Jim Zub; Steve Cummings et all
Almost three years ago I’ve read the first volume of Wayward graphic novel series String Theory. I enjoyed it quite a bit. Last year I had the opportunity to buy first volume and I went for it. As it goes with book series I managed to get next two earlier this year and decided to binge on reading all three volumes. I am not that familiar with Japanese mythology and liked how it was portrayed in the first volume. You can read my impressions from few years back HERE.
I am so glad I went and read the String Theory again since it ended on a cliffhanger and it was fun to get back into the suspense. As it turned out each new chapter of the Ties That Bind and Out From the Shadows brought out new twists to the story and introduced exciting new characters. Since I have read it first few years ago I had most of the characters from String Theory in fond memory. This proved to be an issue with the influx of many new characters and some terrible decisions on the part of my fond characters. Plot moved on rapidly and I had to adapt to the pace it set. This had me in a spin for a while.
What I loved the most in all of these were essays at the end of each volume. They were very informative on the traditions and mythology of historical Japan. They explained a lot on the origin of different Yokai – fantastic creatures from Japan. They also provided for a context and information on some of the sites and areas the plot of the story is revolving around.
I was displeased with some issues being jumped over and then being bombarded with some new plot twists. It all kinda felt chaotic and only trough some hints in Out From the Shadows I started to notice a pattern and connect some things together.
I kept admiring the artwork and design of the books. I really enjoyed the bright coloring and the art style from the cover of each chapter to the TP covers of the paperback editions I have. I can see how much care was put into making these and I can appreciate that as well.
Story is for mature audiences because of violence and debatable moral issues. There is no character that can claim moral high ground and after reading all three volumes I still have trouble with picking a character to root for. I will have to find time and see if the author has a blog where I can read more of the essays that came with each volume since I enjoyed them quite a bit.
The reason I decided to make a review on all three volumes together is that my reading experience with them was connected to the fast pace with which I read all three together and since I already did a review on the first one few years ago.
This year for the very first time I have made the 1600 km trip to Essen Germany for the annual Essen Spiel fair. For the better part of the year we were putting money away to make the best of the trip and come back with our bags full of games. There were eight of us and we rented a van. The seventeen hour drive from Osijek, Croatia to Essen, Germany was an adventure on its own.
Veni, Vidi, Vici!
The fair lasted for four days but we were there only for first two. As it turned out this year Essen Spiel set new records in the number of exhibitors and visitors. As the boardgaming community grows so does its industry. There were a little over one thousand new board games (including numerous first translation editions in German, French and some other languages) to buy and see in over six big halls.
We were there on a shopping spree and shopping we did! This is the picture of our FIRST day loot before we stored it away in the back of our van tetris style.
I got my most wanted new bookish game this year – EX LIBRIS by Renegade Game Studios. There was a hold up on the customs from China with the games for some of the publishers including Renegade Games Studios. For the whole first day there were only some few demo games available. The games for sale including my pre-ordered Ex Libris arrived little after noon on Friday day two of the fair. I remember being happy for games actually arriving and finally getting the one I wanted.
We spent whole of two days at the fair walking around and buying games. It was busy and hectic with people and noise. With all the games both used and new there were sellers of old and used books and some new gaming books as well. Among all the games we bought I managed to sneak in one graphic novel I love. I did a review two years ago when I first read it and if you are interested you can read it HERE.
We also visited The Dice Tower show and it was just great feeling the energy of the crowds. Next year we hope to go again and enjoy the whole four day experience! Until next year here is the picture of the games my boyfriend and I brought home with us!
String Theory (Wayward volume 1) by Jim Zub; Steve Cummings ★★★★
First of all I really like the creepy cats on the cover. This is one of the newer titles from Image comics and it came out this year. I heard some positive reviews and decided to give it a go.
After I read the introduction I liked this graphic novel even more. It is a story about a girl moving to Japan to live with her mother who is Japanese. Shes never been there and the readers can see much of it trough her eyes. New and intriguing country, people and culture.
We come across a lot of creatures from Japanese mythology. The group of heroes starts forming and what I really like about the story is a the part where it woke up some Buffy feels. Monsters and dangers are many. There are even more questions and mysteries including the main characters themselves. But the ease at which they are all put together reminded me of Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV series.
At first I was rethinking doing the review but when I saw how little is known about it I decided it needs some attention. The lack of images online almost made me want to snap some pictures from the copy I was reading.
I would like to continue reading Wayward graphic novel. It is cool and story wise intriguing. The Japanese letters trough the artwork made me regret not finishing lessons in Japanese I used to learn. Who knows I might still make it one day!
Artwork is cool and I like the additions at the end of the volume 1. Monster explanation and extra graphics. What irked me is the fact that it ended all too soon and ended at a major cliffhanger. It made me mad and in want of a next volume!