We Can Never Go Home #4 Review

This is one of those comics that I look forward to every issue. Since receiving the first issue, I have touted this series to whomever will listen. This week sees the fourth issue with a preview that promises the relationship between Maddy and Duncan will go to a different level.

That being said, there may be spoilers ahead.

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Artist: Josh Hood
Writers: Matthew Rosenberg & Patrick Kindlon
Colorist: Tyler Boss
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover: Michael Walsh

IN COMIC STORES: 8/26

Solicitation:

When you are on the run, robbing and killing, sometimes things go really wrong.

A love letter to the type of stories nobody tells anymore, We Can Never Go Home is a coming of age tale for misfits, a crime story for the innocent, a road story for the aimless, and a comic about strange abilities from another point of view. It is the story of Duncan and Madison, 2 high school kids who get in some trouble and decide to go on the run together. Mixtapes, stolen cars, .45’s, superpowers, dead drug dealers, their money, and the backroads of America.

Review:

The shadowy organization trope that I worried about in the second issue actually takes a little more realistic tone. Maddy’s abilities are not unique, and the others like her and similar to her are in the hands of both sides that are after them. One side is law and order, thankfully not a new secret organization, and the other is a criminal element. Only one of them seems to be dealing straight with them. Guess which one it is.

Duncan’s claims to have abilities is still dubious. He’s had numerous opportunities to use them, but hasn’t. However, the revelation that there are others with unique abilities adds a little credence to his claims. Last issue, I was certain that Duncan was completely bluffing to form a connection to Maddy. Now, I’m not so sure.

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While the series has not shied away from violence and language, this one actually sees it take a step towards more explicit sexuality. If this were a lesser series, I’d be wary of it, but it’s all in context, and makes sense in the course of the story and the motivations of the characters. Some of the elements make me a little uneasy, such as Duncan being seventeen and the character seducing him being of an undetermined age, but apparently older. However, this story does involve a criminal element, and the character seems to be the type that has no qualms about using seduction as one of her methods. I’ll withhold judging the entire series on this one element for now.

That being said, you need to not only buy this issue but get the others, too. If your local comic shop doesn’t have them, you can go to Black Mask’s website to order them.