Are We Finally Going To Get Some Questions Answered in MIDDLEWEST #4? (Review)
Writer: Skottie Young
Art: Jorge Corona
Color: Jean Francois-Beaulieu
Publisher: Image Comics
We’re back again with the enigmatic tale that is “Middlewest”, Skottie Young’s latest independent creator owned comic. Fox has been on a quest to try to help Able figure out what the marks on his chest are, being that when he gets upset they start glowing and chaos ensues. After being lured into a forest junkyard by an old wizard named Jeb in the last issue, the duo got the hints they needed to know where to carry on, thus leading them to the entrance of the “Hurst Family Amazing Amusements.” Why a creepy carnival? Well it just so happens that the person who Able presumes has the answers he desires is the Mystical Magdelena, a psychic or fortune teller of sorts. Our story kicks off with Able and Fox strolling through the carnival hungry and broke. As they make their way around the screaming carnies and tempting smells of unaffordable deep fried joy, they trip upon a young ride engineer who’s name we later find out is Bobby, along with her very aware robot named Wrench. She instantly isn’t feeling Able’s vibe, but the two parties split ways and carry on after a bit of a spout off from Bobby. Eventually, with no money and and empty stomachs the two have to resort to desperate measures. With no luck finding Magdelena, Fox ends up using his foxy ways to con some carnies out of some corn dogs. Not long after, he teaches Able to ways of the “Oopsy-Doopsy”, or in other words, running into a stranger and snagging their wallet. Well, their cockiness gets them caught by none other than Bobby and Wrench. Able and Fox don’t go easy, and they take off through the carnival, but eventually get cornered by Bobby and a bunch of disgruntled carnies. With Able backed into a corner, dust starts to kick up around him indicating that the marks on him are going to start doing their thing, which nobody has any clue about what that is exactly. Looks like we’re gonna have to hope to get more answers in the next issue, because this is where our story leaves off.
Skottie Young has been doing an amazing job with this book. The printing numbers speak for themselves. This issue was just as fun, but I have to admit I might be getting a little impatient. He obviously loves to keep us guessing by answering very little, if any of the lingering questions I’ve been wondering at all. It’s now been four issues and the questions keep piling up. Thankfully, this week the lack of answers are balanced out with the introduction of Bobby and Wrench. I’m hoping Young keeps them around because I feel like the four of them could all have a pretty fun dynamic, once they settle their little squabble of course. Skottie has already proven he knows how to tell a fun and intricate story, but now I would like to start seeing some of the pieces all come together now that we are approaching the fifth issue.
Jorge Corona and Jean Francois -Beaulieu have been nothing short of spectacular throughout this series, and issue four is no exception. With our setting taking place in a carnival, I would only hope that we would be treated with an abundance of artistic flexing with crazy looking carnies and awesome vibrant colors. This is exactly what was delivered. Corona’s unique pencils have matched up so perfectly with Francois-Beaulieu’s incredibly eye-catching color pallet. The way Jean is able to make the mysterious pink vials stand out the way he does, while also not taking away from the rest of the beautiful scenery is something only a master color artist could pull off. This issue had a few pages with little to no dialog, and that is a heavy burden to handle. This team pulled it all off again with nothing to complain about.
This title has been amazing throughout, and this issue keeps up with the momentum that that last three issues have gained. We don’t really learn anything new in this issue as far as all of the enigma that is the Middlewest, but we did get introduced to some intriguing characters that one could only hope help to progress this fun and heavy story. This creative team has not disappointed yet, and there are no signs of failure in the future… as long as Young tells us what the hell that pink stuff is soon!