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Comics as an investment: 'Wayward' #1

Mystical Japan in modern Tokyo
Image Comics

Wayward Comic


Every week, consumers are flanked with batches and batches of new comic books that compete for a spot on their pull list. Those can range between well established superhero books to graphic content independent comics from smaller publishers. As a booming industry, many comics can be purchased with a profit margin in mind. It takes patience, research and plenty of luck to make it big, but it is possible to make money as a fan of comic books.

For example, Image Comics' "Saga," "Thief of Thieves," "Peter Panzerfaust," and of course "The Walking Dead" have all seen significant spikes in their first few issues of their respective series. Newer books like "Sex Criminals" and "Pretty Deadly" also hold potential increases. These articles will take a look at what is a must buy for their potential in profit margin. It's better to catch on early than later as falling behind a week can make all the difference between a $3 comic and a $15 comic.

Week of August 28, 2014.
Image Comics
"Wayward" Issue #1
Writer: Jim Zub
Art: Steve Cummings

Billed as the "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" of this decade, Image Comics has put a lot of faith in Jim Zub's newest original comic. Capitalizing on Zub's recent success with IDW's "Samurai Jack," issue #1 of "Wayward" launched with five different alternate covers.

"Wayward" introduces a manga styled art with a western story telling platform. While the art is the main reason you'll buy the book, the plot infuses a bit of Marvel's "Runaways" with other manga influences. Zub has another Image hit in "Skullkickers" which brings comedy to a fantasy environment. While "Wayward" is not comedic by nature, certain aspects of the introductory plot seem out of place.

The story follows a young woman, Rori Lane, with strange abilities unbeknownst to her as she arrives in Japan. Rori is ambushed in a back alley by men who aren't what they seem. She is rescued by a strange girl and Japanese mythical twists begin to happen.

While there isn't much motivation for audiences to return to the title by the way of a shocking cliffhanger, there were plenty of questions that still remained unanswered for future issues. The debut of "Wayward" was slightly lacking in the wow factor department and judging by "Skullkickers" there really isn't much investment potential in this series either. Zub has always supplied readers with entertaining reads, but has never hit high profit success with his comics.

Of course there could always be an opportunity "Wayward" becomes and animated television show similar to what happened with "Rat Queens" so it wouldn't hurt to pick up a copy to read and then stash it away.

Investment potential: 2/5 "The art is fantastic, but much like 'Skullkickers' entertainment and beauty don't always translate to profit."

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