Middlewest #1 Review

Middlewest #1

Writer: Skottie Young
Artist: Jorge Corona
Colorist: Jean-Francois Beaulieu
Letterer: Natie Piekos of Blambot
Publisher: Image Comics

Review by Anelise Farris

Middlewest #1 is a fantasy-adventure story about a young boy named Abel. With a few friends, who aren’t the best of influences, and an abusive dad, Abel has no one in the world to count on besides a talking fox. When an argument with his dad turns violent and meteorological, a boy-and-his-fox quest ensues. 

It’s hard not to just turn this review into an all-out gushing fest. I just really, really loved it. It opens with a dream sequence, and then later wisely ties that dream sequence back into the story. I loathe a dream opening just for effect, so I was so relieved to discover that it actually served a purpose. Abel’s point of view is well executed, and from his dad’s biting one-liners to Abel’s suffering, the emotional resonance is so, so real. Overall, the writing is affecting, poetic, and unhurried — just like I like my comics.

The art is also perfect for the story being told in Middlewest. Each panel is beautifully done with the sketch-style, less-refined linework that pairs really well with the border-less speech balloons and rough lettering. And the moody, surreal colors are balanced wonderfully by the whimsical, bright atmosphere of Abel’s town. 

Verdict: Buy it.

Middlewest #1 is the start of a stunning new series that explores the relationship between the real monsters in our lives and the fabricated ones.

I'm an English PhD candidate that specializes in folklore and mythology, speculative fiction, and disability studies. Basically, I'm a professional geek. When not studying or teaching, I read; I write; I yoga; I travel; I play with my fur babies; and, I watch way too many (if that's a thing) horror movies.

Anelise Farris

I'm an English PhD candidate that specializes in folklore and mythology, speculative fiction, and disability studies. Basically, I'm a professional geek. When not studying or teaching, I read; I write; I yoga; I travel; I play with my fur babies; and, I watch way too many (if that's a thing) horror movies.

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