Middlewest #1

Writer: Skottie Young Artist: Jorge Corona Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: November 21, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 25
9.1Critic Rating
8.8User Rating

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The lands between the coasts are vast, slow to change, and full of hidden magics. Mistakes have been made, and in this NEW ONGOING SERIES, an unwitting adventurer searches for answers to quell a coming storm that knows his name.

From author SKOTTIE YOUNG (I HATE FAIRYLAND, Deadpool) and artist JORGE CORONA (NO. 1 WITH A BULLET, Feathers, Big Trouble in Little China: Old Man Jack) comes the tale of Abel, a young boy who must navigate an old land in order to reconcile his family's history.  

  • 10
    Epicstream - Brian McCormick Nov 28, 2018

    Middlewest is the most visually explosive comic book I've ever read. Anyone who loves good art or fantastical stories should pick up this title. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComicBook.com - Megan Peters Nov 21, 2018

    The series' first issue sets up a world which readers will be begging to explore, and Middlewest's enticing artwork makes its first outing all the more adventurous. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Nov 20, 2018

    Taking the best bits of old school fables and modern sensibilities, this comic might be the best thing that's happened to the Midwest since the Cubs won the World Series. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Impulse Gamer - Dana Folkard Oct 25, 2018

    Overall, I thought that this was a compelling, though-provoking and enchanting introduction. Everything comes together nicely, from the art, to the writing, pacing and palette. Definitely give this comic a go. I think this is going to be something special. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Nov 21, 2018

    The art by Corona looks great and the ending has some truly impressive visuals. Read Full Review

  • 9.7
    The Brazen Bull - Jaimee Nadzan Nov 20, 2018

    Middlewest #1 is a spectacular debut issue. Skottie Young creates a story with a foot in both worlds, reality and fantasy, as he sends his Abel off on a whirlwind adventure, literally. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Sequential Planet - Marcus Orchard Nov 16, 2018

    To those who will resonate with it, Middlewest #1 is going to be one of the best debuts of the year. The setting, the protagonist, and the beautiful art all come together to show off some of the best that the medium has to offer. This won't be a home-run for those who want a faster story, but for most, it will feel like a warm summer night. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Word Of The Nerd - Cat Wyatt Nov 23, 2018

    Middlewest looks like it's going to be one of those series worth following. We've seen so much already, but have very few answers for what is actually happening. The world itself is intriguing and beautiful, perfectly supported by the chosen art style. They drew us in with Middlewest #1, but I strongly suspect the charm of this unique world will keep us coming back issue to issue. If nothing else then our need for answers will certainly do that. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Comicsverse - Ronnie Gorham Nov 21, 2018

    Abel is a teen with a talking fox for a friend and an adventure that awaits them both. Comic mastermind Skottie Young and visionary artist Jorge Corona invite you to get swept away in MIDDLEWEST #1. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - Jacob Hill Nov 23, 2018

    Wonder, whimsy, trauma, and terror- this may be remembered as the definitive Skottie Young comic! You'll never think about super-babies again. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Anthony Composto Oct 26, 2018

    Middlewest #1 is a beautiful, captivating book about a boy and his fox. Young and Corona are crafting something truly special here, and you don't want to miss it. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    SnapPow.com - Harrison Rawdin Nov 21, 2018

    Sometimes you see an indie title coming down the pipeline and you know you gotta remember to snag yourself a copy. That's the reality when you peel back the cover of Middlewest #1, as it's a starting point that stumbles slightly but with a solid creative team at its back puls one heck of a finish it more than earns a right to be on your pull-list. Consider it required reading before or during your Thanksgiving feast. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Batman's Bookcase - Zack Quaintance Nov 20, 2018

    Middlewest #1 is a story steeped in a lonely sort of magic born from writer Skottie Youngs deep familiarity with the rural Midwest. Artist Jorge Corona renders it with vast imagination, capturing a unique sort of forlorn tone that I never before realized was always present in those areas. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Pastrami Nation - kevin hoskinson Nov 18, 2018

    This is a great start to a new series. The first issue does a great job setting up the world. The artwork is beautiful, every panel like a painting and the story is intriguing. I look forward to seeing the further adventures of Abel in the Middlewest. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Adam Brown Oct 28, 2018

    Ultimately I enjoyed this and will definitely be following the series, but in saying that theres maybe just a touch of me wanting to like this more than I actually do. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - christinembruce Nov 22, 2018

    Middlewest has something for every fantasy fan. There is enough world building in the art of the town to make me need to know more after only one panel, but further images of dirigibles and deco-punk trains make it clear this world is not our own. The characters are fleshed out after only two conversations. Finally, the magic that is imbued in so few pages makes this a must read especially for those who can identify with a character like Abel and those of us who also enjoy kid-on-a-quest stories as much as Scottie Young. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Doom Rocket - Mickey Rivera Nov 1, 2018

    Middlewest has gorgeous art and an odd but compelling story. There's a lot of dark feelings swirling within that form a striking contrast to the vibrant art"and, when it works, it works wonderfully. It will hit hard for the right reader. Others may simply enjoy its whimsical take on the rural Midwestern aesthetic, a look that I've always found myself drawn to for reasons unknown. Regardless of the reason, this comic has the potential to add a layer of magic to the traumas and joys of childhood. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Full Spread Nov 22, 2018

    While the world of "Middlewest" is intriguing, the characters/narrative are too simplistic and cliche.

  • 10
    Orcam03 Nov 21, 2018

    I thoroughly enjoyed this. Skottie Young has set up a fantastical world that leaves me wanting more. The art in this was also gorgeous, I can’t wait to read the next issue

  • 10
    GoodDrones Nov 25, 2018

    Ahhhhhhhhh the feels are so hard. I relate a little too much to this comic right now. Skottie Young is doing great with issue #1. He has finally pulled back on his sometimes overwhelming dialog and really let the story speak for itself. The art by Jorge Corona is great, it is colorful, gritty and really brings out the emotions. This one will kick you in your heart, but hey I love sad country songs and this is basically the comic equivalent. Looking forward to seeing where this comic will go.

  • 9.5
    FT Metler Nov 25, 2018

    One of the best looking comics I have ever laid hands on. Good set up for what's to come...

  • 9.0
    Nickweiser Nov 22, 2018

    Kid on an adventure story but in a more realistic setting despite a talking Fox. I dig this a lot. Well done Skottie and Jorge!

  • 9.0
    Synthozoid Nov 26, 2018

    Pretty darn good. Hints of God Country by D. Cates (buy that if you haven't already).

  • 8.0
    Gizmo Dec 1, 2018

    Young is conservative with providing answers, there are more questions than anything else. The artwork is very nice. I'm intrigued, but I would prefer a little more information about what is going on.

  • 6.5
    Deadlybeavis Nov 23, 2018

    It was okay. I like the idea and the world, but it went way over the top with the family drama stuff. All I could think during those parts were Horatio Sanz in the movie 'the other guys' shouting at mark walburg "over the top!". I'll finish the arc, but it's got to give me more than ridiculous, beat to death family drama.

  • 9.5
    GTMedia Reviews Jan 7, 2019

    I picked up Middlewest based on a Youtube recommendation and some of the praise surrounding the book on social media. It looked interesting but I had just picked up Bully Wars a couple months back (also by Skottie Young) and although I liked the story It skewed a bit young for me and I didn't revisit the series. 

    Middlewest follows a kid named Abel, he seems like a normal kid with a chip and responsibilities on his shoulders. He has a paper route and is a product of a single parent household. Abel live's with his father and tries to balance his responsibilities as a young adult with being a kid. In this issue being a kid wins out and leads to a huge but re-latable confrontation with is father in the climax of the issue. 

  • 6.0
    SloboSOY Nov 24, 2018

    I didn't really like the story. I have a hard time to know if we see magic where their is real violence. And so, I feel for the kid, even if I didn't like him much. Their is to much unexplaining thing, like does the fox is real ? And why he talk ? Do he talk to every human or just to special ones. Or do he just appear to Abel.

    Cover - Nice & related 2/2
    Writing - I find it empty. And if that talk of violence against childs, that didn't did it well. 1/3
    Arts - Corona art is very good and close to Young. I could have tell that the art's was from Young without the credit. The layout are very good. 3/3
    Feeling - I didn't like it. 0/2

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    mrbrans Nov 21, 2018

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    Kevinrick Nov 22, 2018

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    Jason The Dude Nov 23, 2018

  • 9.5
    Jorge Mendes Nov 23, 2018

  • 9.0
    TheFallenKing13 Nov 20, 2018

  • 8.5
    Veido Nov 25, 2018

  • 10
    Greg Hound Dec 1, 2018

  • 9.0
    NoShape Dec 1, 2018

  • 9.0
    aquarius Jan 13, 2019

  • 9.0
    RC Adamiec Jan 14, 2019

  • 9.0
    Mr_Spazo Jan 23, 2019

  • 9.0
    Snapfire Mar 13, 2019

  • 9.0
    jmprados May 25, 2019

  • 8.5
    Bill Blaze Dec 5, 2018

  • 8.0
    Soilworker Jan 13, 2019

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