FROM THE PUBLISHER: Just as the chance for a new life was starting to come together, Abel spirals out of control again and his adoptive family gets caught in the storm.
Shrek and Donkey on a quest, walking the country side with pop music playing in the background and jokes of onions and gingerbread men. So that’s a kid’s movie sure, but Middlewest from Skottie Young and Jorge Corona is a book that I get Shrek vibes from. Fox is the Donkey to Abel’s Shrek. Fox is questioning him, berating him, but also being reliable, a friend.
From issue #1 to #6, they walked and walked and well they walked some more, their banter passing the time. Abel and the Fox are on the run from Abel’s father, they have crossed paths with a troll, an old man named Jeb, and some sort of crow train hobo team. This journey they are on is not one that Abel wanted, delivering papers and spending time with his friends and Fox were his main priorities. But the Tornado Monster father threw a wrench into all that. What kind of powers does he have? And does Abel have them as well? How dangerous is all this? By the end of issue #6, Abel and Fox had settled at a carnival of sorts, with Abel ready to explode.
Issue #7 starts off with a nice flashback to Abel as a kid. Anger is something writer Young is trying to communicate us about Abel and his father. The existence of this power inside of them, its root is from anger. Seeing the flashback before we get to the present emergency was a great starting off point. It gave me a sense of where this might be going, and why. It was nice seeing all the characters together, fighting, and trying to save one another from an unknowable threat. This series is about friendship and about family. How strong we are together and how weak we are alone. The tears that Abel shed in this issue, I feel. He is a boy, without any parents. His mother is gone. And he ran away from the only father he had. An abusive father that hated his son just for existing. The friends he thought he made at carnival are all scared of him and what he can become. He again has been told he his not welcome somewhere he considers a home. He’s a scared boy with no where to go, with something inside of him he does not understand.
The art in this series and in issue #7 is very good. Great colors, great lines. Eyes. I always focus on eyes when reading comics, this issue in particular has outstanding attention on the eyes. Bobby and Abel’s specifically, as well even Wrench the robot, extra awareness is paid to him in this issue. I love the geography of this book. From one place to the next, we see something new. The future? Not sure. Different universe? Not sure on that either, but the world created in this book is fresh and exciting and I love how it’s colored and drawn.
I hope to see more of Abel’s father in future issues; we haven’t seen much of him since issue #1 and 3, also some more clarification on what is inside Abel and his father. Seven issues in and still not to clear what’s happening with the central plot point. Seriously, Tornado Monster? Fox and Abel are two great characters that I really love to follow, and care about. If Lord Farquaad shows up I’m sure Abel will make quick work of him.
RATING: LET’S GO!