Written by Skottie Young
Art by Jorge Corona
Colors by Jean-Francois Beaulieu
Letters by Nate Piekos
What do you do when the biggest threat to you is right in your own home?
Abel has a problem that most kids have at some point in their lives, he overslept. After having a nightmare, Abel is awoken by his furious father and sent to complete his paper route. When he loses the rest of his papers, his friend convince him to blow off the rest of the day and hang out. A situation that most kids finds themselves in and Abel makes a decision that most kids would make.
When the group find themselves at a local store looking for snacks, they discover they don’t have any money. When Abel is faced with a difficult decision, he makes the wrong choice and becomes subject to the wrath of his father again. What Abel believes will be a tense conversation with his disapproving father becomes a fight for his life against a menacing force of nature that Abel must escape from before it’s too late.
There is a lot going on in this first issue of Middlewest and the fact that there is little backstory so far gives it a sense of immediacy that makes this story more exciting. As interesting as the history of Abel and his father will become, it’s a testament to Young’s writing that he lets the story just unfold organically. There are a few cliché story tropes in the issue, especially the relationship between Abel and his dad, but they are handled in an interesting way that makes them more compelling.
The art by Corona looks great and the ending has some truly impressive visuals.