The classic coming of age story takes a turn for the fantastic and darkly whimsical in writer Scottie Young and artist Jorge Corona’s Middlewest. Released in November of 2018, it’s the story of Abel, a small-town kid enduring a tumultuous relationship with his abusive father. To say the father character is unlikeable would be a drastic understatement. The animosity and tension in the relationship comes to a dramatic and heartbreaking apex that sends Abel on a path of self-reliance and self-discovery. Issue #1 ends leaving you aching to get your hands on the next one.
What Young and Corona achieve visually is nothing short of spectacular. The illustrations and color tones of Middlewest are on par with cinema-quality storytelling. The visuals are captivating – the character illustrations are so expressive and emotive you could almost follow the story with no dialogue at all (although you wouldn’t want to miss out on a single detail of this tale).
Middlewest is hands-down one of the best new series of 2018, with its grounded emotional beginning and captivating visuals. The only thing you’d regret more than not giving the story a read sooner (Issue #3 is on sale now), would be not checking it out at all.