Middlewest, Book One

Middlewest, Book One

The lands between the coasts are vast, slow to change, and full of hidden magics. The town of Farmington has been destroyed sending an unwitting adventurer and his vulpine companion in search of answers to quell a coming storm that speaks his name. From author SKOTTIE YOUNG (I HATE FAIRYLAND, DEADPOOL) and artist JORGE CORONA (NO. 1 WITH A BULLET, FEATHERS, BIG TROUBLE IN...

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Middlewest, Book One Reviews

  • Dani - Perspective of a Writer

    Middlewest book 1 brings together volumes 1-6 of a comic book about the wonderful world of Middlewest, a magic filled, steampunk inspired land riddled with farming communities. Abel is a likeable kid with some not so pleasant people around him. When his abusive dad takes things too far he heads out with Fox, his talking fox, to escape his family history. For a journey story I really fell in love with this world and many of the characters. We get

    Middlewest book 1 brings together volumes 1-6 of a comic book about the wonderful world of Middlewest, a magic filled, steampunk inspired land riddled with farming communities. Abel is a likeable kid with some not so pleasant people around him. When his abusive dad takes things too far he heads out with Fox, his talking fox, to escape his family history. For a journey story I really fell in love with this world and many of the characters. We get to explore, meet and experience as Abel and Fox explore, meet and experience and its a lot of fun.

    The fact that mental health and abuse is the center of Middlewest book 1 intrigues me! I was taken with the first volume's story right off as Abel is impelled to go on his journey. The situation is so real and raw and then suddenly outrageous!! This is the beauty of a graphic story... we can SEE that its quite organic how everything goes sideways and we're captured by the extremeness of events. My only subtle problem is that a few times events seemed random. This is the "monster-a-chapter" plot flaw... but I was happy to see it happened only briefly before we got back on track.

    One of the things that I ADORED about Middlewest book 1 is FOX!! Yes, the sidekick totally steals the show. Abel is genuinely a real kid who doesn't always do the right thing but also just wants to grow up happy. You really feel for him... but Fox makes caring for Abel FUN! This is all because Fox is like a skewed conscious gone rogue. He doesn't exactly steer Abel in the right direction (Fox is soooo morally grey) and like all kids, Abel isn't always willing to listen when Fox does suggest something that makes sense... it makes for disaster but also allows us to meet sooooo many neat characters.

    Bobby and her self-made sidekick robot is one of these many characters and their design is stellar!! She's been taught right and has a bit of a mouth on her which gives her so much personality. In fact I LOVED all of the character and monster designs. The visuals make this totally come to life. Abel's father's part of the journey is absolutely incredible because it so captures anger and what it does to a person emotionally in a visual way. I haven't even talked about the settings yet either... They are so detailed that I really felt like I was a part of the carnival, the storm and near the end Abel's struggle to control himself. Middlewest book 1 is gorgeous.

    Middlewest book 1 takes us on a journey through a magic filled, steampunk inspired land with robots, monsters and carnivals! It's a fun, heartfelt story about abuse and power relationships that is made snarky and morally grey because of a delightful Fox.

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  • Holly (Holly Hearts Books)

    Another graphic novel by Scottie Young. He is just pumping them out now and what a time to be alive. Middlwest is by far my favorite graphic novel so far this year and I really don't see anything topping it.

    It follows a young boy named Abel who lives in a small town called Farmington. He lives with his dad who treats him horribly. He is mentally and physically abused by him. One day, Abel gets involved in shoplifting with his friends when he didn't even want to participate. His dad finds out and

    Another graphic novel by Scottie Young. He is just pumping them out now and what a time to be alive. Middlwest is by far my favorite graphic novel so far this year and I really don't see anything topping it.

    It follows a young boy named Abel who lives in a small town called Farmington. He lives with his dad who treats him horribly. He is mentally and physically abused by him. One day, Abel gets involved in shoplifting with his friends when he didn't even want to participate. His dad finds out and kicks him out of the house but when Abel defends himself and speaks his true feelings, his father turns into a raging storm. No, seriously. He turns into a huge tornado, chases Abel and his companion talking fox (who I am dying to know the origins of) out of town but his dad leaves Abel with a physical mark on his chest that will change his life forever, giving him strange powers.. just like his father.

    The world the story is set in is so interesting. It's verging on the edge of steampunk. There's robots, strange critters that resemble mice and rabbits that you'd see in our world but have 3 eyes and contorted anatomy, huge machines that power buildings. In fact the buildings/houses themselves are a hodgepodge of junk and scraps. Our characters even have a run-in with a troll at a bridge! I LOVE THIS WORLD. Although my feelings are hurt after that cliffhanger ending, I am so looking forward to the next volume.

  • Artemy

    A beautifully realised YA-ish story with fantasy elements about a kid who runs away from home and his abusive father. Normally a story like this wouldn't really be my thing, but Skottie Young's rock-solid writing and Jorge Corona's sublime artwork made all the difference.

  • Sam Quixote

    Abel decides to run away from home and join a travelling carnival of magicians, talking animals and robots because his dad’s an abusive prick – and also a giant wind monster (and not the kind that shows up after eating a plate of beans)! But Abel’s not safe as wind monster dad sets out after him…

    As you can probably guess from the premise, Skottie Young and Jorge Corona’s Middlewest is a super-realistic, grim’n’gritty take on growing up. Oh, I do like kidding around don’t I? And I kinda like Mid

    Abel decides to run away from home and join a travelling carnival of magicians, talking animals and robots because his dad’s an abusive prick – and also a giant wind monster (and not the kind that shows up after eating a plate of beans)! But Abel’s not safe as wind monster dad sets out after him…

    As you can probably guess from the premise, Skottie Young and Jorge Corona’s Middlewest is a super-realistic, grim’n’gritty take on growing up. Oh, I do like kidding around don’t I? And I kinda like Middlewest which is, ironically, a fairly middling new series.

    I like the Miyazaki-esque fantasyland where the series is set, particularly as Young doesn’t even attempt to explain any of the magic – it just is! Young utilises his extensive dark fantasy experience from Marvel’s Oz and his more recent Image series I Hate Fairyland to create an understandable and intriguing background.

    The story might be very underwritten – kid runs off, evil dad in pursuit for no discernible reason – but elements of it are compelling. There’s a scuffle atop a train with a hobo bird skeleton and a battle of wits with a troll on a bridge. Hobos and trains, trolls and bridges – these are clichés but Young writes them in a way that’s interesting. And I liked Corona’s art – it’s a bit like, but not as crisp or striking as, Rob Guillory’s but it’s still very appealing, helped too by Jean-Francois Beaulieu’s colours.

    There aren’t many characters I’m crazy about either. I liked the talking fox (Young channelling Rocket Raccoon), but that was about it. The others are unmemorable and boring. Abel’s a very dull protagonist too – he’s basically just everykid – and his dad is your archetypical one-dimensional villain.

    The first volume of Middlewest won’t blow anyone away but it’s a decent kid’s comic.

  • James DeSantis

    This book is tough one to review.

    So it starts off simple enough. Abel lives with an abusive father who beats him and treats him like shit. One day the boy snaps and tells his father to go fuck himself. In this moment his father becomes a giant tornado and destroys the city they live in and Abel runs off. Sounds like a typical coming of age story, huh?

    The thing here is that I LOVE, LOVE, LOVEEEEEEE the art. It's probably some of my favorite ever. I also enjoyed the bitter moments with the famil

    This book is tough one to review.

    So it starts off simple enough. Abel lives with an abusive father who beats him and treats him like shit. One day the boy snaps and tells his father to go fuck himself. In this moment his father becomes a giant tornado and destroys the city they live in and Abel runs off. Sounds like a typical coming of age story, huh?

    The thing here is that I LOVE, LOVE, LOVEEEEEEE the art. It's probably some of my favorite ever. I also enjoyed the bitter moments with the family drama. His father was a complete asshole, maybe too over the top at times, but it felt real. Abel's pain felt real. I also enjoyed Abel's talk with his Fox sidekick. All of that was good-great.

    However, all the side characters come off as a complete bore. I didn't care about the carnival message, and yes I got it, choosing your family verses who you get stuck with. None of that was interesting and the ending felt kind of anti-climatic for me.

    Overall, a interesting spin on things. Not everything panned out but the art is still amazing enough to read this book. A 3.5 out of 5.

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