Title: Middlewest #1
Writer: Skottie Young
Artist: Jorge Corona
Cover: Jorge Corona. Mike Huddleston, Skottie Young
Publication Date: November 21, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: “The lands between the coasts are vast, slow to change, and full of hidden magics. Mistakes have been made, and in this NEW ONGOING SERIES, an unwitting adventurer searches for answers to quell a coming storm that knows his name. From author SKOTTIE YOUNG (I HATE FAIRYLAND, Deadpool) and artist JORGE CORONA (NO. 1 WITH A BULLET, Feathers, Big Trouble in Little China: Old Man Jack) comes the tale of Abel, a young boy who must navigate an old land in order to reconcile his family’s history.”
Somewhere, out there, lies the Middlewest. The Middlewest is a quiet place, not quite desolate, but spacious, a place where you can hear the wind howl angrily as you walk to dirt roads into the small town. Abel lives in the Middlewest with his band of misfit friends and his father. Life in Middlewest can get pretty dry, but there’s a storm coming
Skottie Young’s debut issue of Middlewest is a powerful piece of storytelling, combining western tales with elements of magic and a touch of fantasy. Middlewest #1 begins with a Wizard of Oz kind of story, where the main character talks about the wind and a storm, and, like the Wizard of Oz, that storm will deliver Abel into an unknown adventure. Young’s tale is far more menacing than the ruby slippered story, touching on issues of domestic violence and parental abandonment. Middlewest #1 is an intriguing debut issue that draws readers in from the first panel and captivates them until the last. Young’s first issue skims the surface of fantasy, giving readers a taste of what’s to come. I’m looking forward to following Abel on his journey, wherever that might take him.
The Middlewest is just that, a place in the middle, teetering between reality and fantasy, a void between the coasts. Jorge Corona captures the mood of Middlewest with sharply angled characters and vibrant colors. Like the land of Oz, Middlewest is a surreal place, depicted as just beyond ordinary.
The Bottom Line
Middlewest #1 is a spectacular debut issue. Skottie Young creates a story with a foot in both worlds, reality and fantasy, as he sends his Abel off on a whirlwind adventure, literally.