We Can Never Go Home #5 Review (and Preview)
We Can Never Go Home has been one of those titles that shows how good comics can be.Now a story that kept us riveted and eagerly awaiting the next issue has come to an end. In our reviews for the title, the average review score has been 93/100. For a series to get this kind of reviews is unheard of here. We are very critical, which is why so much of what gets sent to us doesn’t get reviewed on the site. We tend to not want to run bad reviews for the sake of a bad review, because no one wins from that, and it can actually hurt the careers of many people. If we run a bad review it’s for a heavily hyped comic from a major publisher.
However, when a publisher few people have heard of puts out an excellent book that most likely will get overlooked, so many people lose. The publisher loses because they can’t make money off of a book that they showed confidence in. The creators lose because they have another credit to their named that no one remembers. Readers lose because they never get to read something different from what the big publishers put out. Retailers lose because they end up wasting money on comics that they can’t sell instead of comics that sell out for the best reason of all, people enjoy reading them.
We Can Never Go Home earned Black Mask an important place in our inbox, which no other single issue, much less a series has done. We will read everything that they send it. Now a story that kept us riveted and eagerly awaiting the next issue has come to an end. Here’s our impression of it.
Artists: Josh Hood & Brian Level
Writers: Matthew Rosenberg & Patrick Kindlon
Colorist: Tyler Boss
Letterer: David C. Hopkins
Cover: Michael Walsh
IN COMIC STORES: 12/2
All roads end.
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.
With bold and expressive art from Josh Hood (JLA: Scary Monsters, Venom), sharp, character-driven writing by Matthew Rosenberg (Archie Meets Ramones, Secret Wars Journal) & Patrick Kindlon (SHIELD: Quake, Menu), and vibrant, fascinating colors from Tyler Boss (Lazarus), WE CAN NEVER GO HOME has emerged as one of the most talked about indie comics of the year.
This is the final issue of the first arc of the series and it ends with a bang.
First I want to talk about the artwork. Josh Hood has been producing work on par with any of the major publishers, which is unsurprising that he used to work on mainstream super-hero books. The colors remain so subdued that when something is needed to take front stage, it totally can. It’s nice to see artists, colorists included that recognize that there needs to be quiet moments so the real drama can have the desired effect. It was a more difficult challenge in this story, since so much develops so quickly.
Without giving away spoilers, Maddie and Duncan are now in the hands of the criminal organization that they have stolen money from. It has other superhumans, including the shapeshifter that recruited them away from the government that wants to lock Duncan away and keep Maddie under their thumb. This puts them in a tight spot that is handled the only way that can believably be given. The relationship between Duncan and Maddie also gets its true test in this issue, but watch for another character to get the development that they deserve. Hopefully in the next story arc, this character returns and we learn more.
That’s right, We Can Never Go Home is returning next year. Duncan and Maddie’s stories don’t end here in this issue. In the meantime, buy this issue, buy the collected edition when it comes out, and if a friend of yours that loves comics hasn’t read this series yet, buy them the series for a Christmas gift. This is one of those comics that deserves it.