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Review – Middlewest #3 (Image Comics)

Middlewest #3 (Image Comics)
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Summary

Author: Skottie Young
Artist: Jorge Corona
Colorist: Jean-Francois Beaulieu
Letterer: Nate Piekos of Blambot
Cover Art: Mike Huddleston
Editor: Kent Wagenschutz
Producer: Carey Hall
Publisher: Image Comics
Maturity Rating: M
Release Date: January 16th, 2019

Abel and Fox continue their journey in Middlewest #3. Abel is seeking to find answers for all of his questions, regardless of how far he’ll have to go to get them.

 

Middlewest #3 Brings About An Unexpected Shift in the Story

Abel continues his quest for information in Middlewest #3, and as we’ve learned to expect, there is more going on here than meets the eye. The first two issues of the series, we were drawn in by the artwork, and then by the plot. Thankfully the third issue has kept up this newly-formed tradition by throwing even more intrigue into the mix.

Writing

Middlewest #3 (Image Comics) cover by Mike Huddleston
Middlewest #3 (Image Comics)
Cover by Mike Huddleston

Every time I think I’ve gotten a handle on the story being told in Middlewest, Skottie Young throws another surprise at me. I have to admit that I love how unpredictable the series is, while still having this oddly comfortable air to it. All the elements introduced earlier are still there, of course. Abel and Fox are still off on their epic quest for answers, the world is beautiful and disturbing all in one, and there are clearly people and things of power in this world. None of that has changed.

And yet, in some ways, it feels like everything has changed. With just a few scenes Young has me questioning the truth behind everything. I can’t help but wonder about what is really going on here, and what truly was the catalyst. And all this was accomplished by putting one of my assumptions in doubt. It was a very clever move.

 

Middlewest #3 introduces the first ever perspective shift in the series. Being that they’re only three issues in, that probably doesn’t seem like a big deal. But it felt like one at the time. Suddenly we are being shown multiple perspectives in the same world. We’re learning about the world even faster because of that. It’s likely that the pace will pick up even more after this point.

Art

The artwork alone is enough to keep me coming back to the series issue after issue. It’s just absolutely beautiful. Even the scenes that would otherwise be considered dull look so amazing. A page full of small panels showing a grubby little town looks like wonders in the hands of this creative team.

Jorge Corona has thankfully stayed on the project so far, continuing his line work in the fashion I’ve grown to love. Jean-Francois Beaulieu’s colors are what really seal the series for me, though. But, truth be told, I don’t think the series would be quite the same without either one of them.

Conclusion

Middlewest has already earned my faith in the series. I know that I’ll keep coming back to learn more about Abel’s quest. I just can’t stay my curiosity, nor can I bear to look away from such striking art. Abel’s quest is growing into something more; that much, Middlewest #3 has made clear to me. There’s so much more going on here than meets the eye. And I don’t think Abel has the faintest clue of the part he’s playing in all of this. I’m looking forward to seeing where the story goes, and what answers Abel will be able to attain from his world. 


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Cat Wyatt

Cat Wyatt is an avid comic book reader, as well as a reader of novels. Her favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy, though she's usually willing to try other genres as well. Cat collects Funko Pop figures, Harry Potter books (different editions), and has more bookshelves than she's willing to admit.

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