Things Go Pear Shaped in Wayward 23
Writer – Jim Zub
Art – Steven Cummings
Colors – Tamra Bonvillain
Publisher – Image Comics
Things go pear-shaped for Ohara and Shirai Tomohiro’s plan to stay low.
Jim has written a well-paced issue that jumps straight into the action, and keeps the blood pumping till the end. He knows exactly where he wants this issue to go and keeps this issue on that path. This results, in the pacing being consistent and engaging.
Characters are a big part of any story however, Jim is a master at continuously writing and developing compelling characters. Shiria has some great characterization and emotion in this issue that adds another layer to the story Jim is crafting. Ohara however, is also a character emotionally rich in issue 23.
There is a great element of levity, that balance this issue perfectly. This results in the issue feeling real and that it isn’t being over the top with how serious it is. The levity also results in the issue being able to breath and take in what is happening.
Steven has created some beautiful panels in issue 23. Jim does a great job at writing emotion however, it is Steven who perfectly expresses them emotions on the page. The emotions can be read perfectly, he balances which emotions are subtly drawn and which are expressive and in your face. This balance results in the art feeling organic.
The backgrounds and splash pages have an amazing amount of detail, that showcase Steven’s artistic abilities. There is also an interesting thing he does with the panel boarders that work in the story and add to the pacing of these scenes.
Tamra does a wonderful job with the colors in this issue. Wayward always has a brilliant color pallet. The variations of warm colors throughout the pages builds on the tension Jim & Steven create. The final page is a vibrant blast of colors that are visually stunning.
Wayward issue 23 is another stunning issue that delivers on great characters and leaves you wanting more.