Title: Middlewest #5
Words: Skottie Young
Art: Jorge Corona
Colors: Jean-Francois Beaulieu
Published: March 20, 2019
Publisher’s Summary: Care and compassion are not concepts that Abel has previously associated with his action’s repercussions but Magdalena’s carnival is nothing if not unpredictable.
Abel finally finds the woman he’s been searching for, but answers continue to elude him. For the time being, it looks like Abel and Fox are in the carnie business. With a little help from his new friends, Abel just might make it out unscathed.
Skottie Young masterfully weaves elements of the real and supernatural together once again, this time adding in just a dash of hope. Though Abel’s story is far from reaching a conclusion, Middlewest #5 lands Abel in his most nurturing environment yet. Of course, Young leaves readers in a bit of suspense at the end. You can almost hear a quiet ‘dun-dun-duuun’ playing in the background of the last panel. After an uncharacteristically optimistic issue, Middlewest #5 reminds readers that this is an epic quest and danger lurks at every turn. Just what Young has planned for Abel, I can’t say, but it appears friendships and loyalty are about to be tested.
Middlewest #5 is another visually stunning masterpiece from Jorge Corona. Beyond Young’s script, the artwork really creates Middlewest. Corona’s unique style is infused in every character and setting that Abel and Fox encounter. Corona’s whimsical depiction of Middlewest is well worth a second look.
The Bottom Line
Middlewest #5 adds a surprising layer of optimism to Adel’s journey. Perhaps everything really will turn out alright. Of course, it could all go horribly wrong. For right now, I’m basking in Skottie Young’s momentary reprieve from the harshness of the world and the vastness that is Middlewest.