FROM THE PUBLISHER: Maggie’s band of nomads try to pick themselves up after a break in the storm. Meanwhile, Abel and the fox discover the forest they’ve been wandering in has been watching.

The gang from the Hurst Fair are picking up with pieces. Wrench literally needs to be put back together; he didn’t make out so well after the incident. Abel and Fox have run away. The people at the fair feel badly about how the whole situation was handled. To a point they were right in sending Abel away, he is dangerous to himself and to others.

Abel and Fox are alone and that is not a good thing. The anger and power than pulses through Abel is that much more powerful when he is scared and angry. Friendship was something I really picked up on with this series. Abel and Fox being inseparable, not matter the problems they face. I really like that about this series and this issue. Fox will stick by his friend no matter what.

When I wrote my review for issue #7 of Middlewest I commented on how I really liked the art. And I still do, the colors the lines are still great. One thing I noticed in this issue (I went back and checked the previous issues as well, and it is true with them too) are the faces of some characters are missing eyes, mouths and noses, basically all the features of a human face. Its like the artist just forgot to draw them. I’m not sure if this is on purpose, if its being used for a reason. In the bar scene with Abel’s father, there is a frame where two people are just missing faces and later another frame where four people again missing their faces. It’s a bit jarring. Maybe I will go back again and find out if it happens at certain parts in the story, if it’s an error or something else. An event may be the reasoning behind it. I will never discount what an artist can do, or how they do it, but I just find it a bit alarming while reading the book. I didn’t notice it when I read the first time, and not sure why I noticed it now. I’ll see going forward if I see it again. 

As for Abel’s father it was good seeing him once more. He’s on the heels of the Fair and looking for his son. I was wondering if his mood had changed towards Abel, but it appears he is angry as ever and doesn’t care who knows it. The fight “scene” was a really good time. Big punches, blood and a good old-fashioned beat down. As for Abel and Fox they are knee deep in a spooky haunted forest bound to get into some serious trouble. Will Abel be able to control his power? Will his father get to him before his “friends” from the fair do? Still waiting on the powers to be explained a bit more and it seems Maggie and the old man do know more than we are being told. Aside from a couple hiccups with the art, good issue here from Middlewest.


Emmet Davis

Emmet Davis, small town Ontario, Canada, I live with my two amazing kids and lovely partner. That's one half of my life, the other? Movies, Sports, and Comics.

Preacher, Batman: Year One, Locke and Key are some of my first loves and entries into the world of Comics, but the first comic I ever owned was The Amazing Spiderman: Skating on Thin Ice #1 from February of 1993. I was six years old then. That issue blended what I grew up to love as a teen and an adult, hockey and comics, and of course not doing drugs. Still own that same copy to this day. Thanks for reading