We Can Never Go Home #1
Black Mask Comics
Writer: Matthew Rosenberg & Patrick Kindlon
Art: Josh Hood
Colors: Amanda Scurti
Letters: Jim Campbell
Design: Dylan Todd
They've Got the Goods
It is no secret that I support and appreciate the work of [relatively] new comic publisher, Black Mask Comics. Why do I love 'em so much? Because they never disappoint and release hit after hit, and this title is no exception. Matthew Rosenberg and Patrick Kindlon both have a good chunk of experience with this publisher, having done work on the daring, uniquely styled 12 Reasons to Die, Liberator: Rage Ignition, and now this. Josh Hood has worked on a plethora of titles for the big two, and while those books deserve respect, it is awesome to see his talents (especially his human figures) on a smaller press book.
Why Leave Home?
An awkward encounter at make out point introduces social pariah Duncan to Madison, a popular girl at the local school. Through this first encounter it is revealed that Madison has superhuman strength, though she doesn't know why. Duncan also reveals that he may have a dangerous ability, however it is yet to be seen. Situations cause Madison to be branded an outcast and as things worsen, the two teens leave their little community. Why they must leave and where they are going is up to you to find out! That's the most I can say without spoiling this well written story.
Duncan and Madison both have realistic personalities that are easy to understand. From those personalities the two writers form more depth in the characters by thrusting experiences upon them which they aren't necessarily ready for. The two teens in the story have an immediate chemistry and could easily turn into a will they won't they scenario, or simply a close bond. Rosenberg and Kindlon understand the teenage voice and the other students at the school sound like they are stereotypical closeminded/shallow highschoolers. While the background characters and the story itself has intense beats, it also has some witty dialogue in spots that helps pull back the darkness of the situations. Though Duncan and Madison are connecting quickly over something that forces them to stick together, there is something lying underneath that I can't quite put my finger on... I gotta say though I do NOT trust Duncan, which is a fun feeling that makes me want to read more.
Painting the Town Red
Hood chooses a unique artistic choice in toning down the environments to bring focus almost entirely on the character interactions. He makes it clear that this is a story meant to be about the two characters and how the world makes them feel sort of empty and out of place. A small thing that I greatly appreciate is his design of the houses. Each one looks crisp with perfect lining and distinct styles. Any violence is splotchy and messy, adding severity to the action sequences. The faces of every character was well thought out, each remaining very consistent throughout the story. Scurti chose many blues, purples, and reds in the color palate, each adding a different tone to the panels.
We Can Never Go Home is another bullseye from Black Mask Comics. The issue provides unique characters with unique abilities, thrust into a situation that teenagers (well, nobody really) should never be in. Rosenberg and Kindlon's realistic dialogue further prove that they are staples in Black Mask's continuously growing collection of hits and Hood gives visuals that capture the feeling of the story perfectly, while humanizing everyone involved. The story could turn into a story of heroism or of villainy, which makes the journey even better. This issue is going for $3.99 at your local comic book store and a bit more than that online. Pick it up while you can!