Review: We Can Never Go Home #3 (with Previews)

You probably know by now that I absolutely love this series from Black Mask. The first issue surprised me so pleasantly that it got one of only two perfect scores from me (the other was the debut of Spider-Gwen), and the second issue wasn’t far off. At this point, it’s the leading contender for series of the year, and would have to screw up pretty major to ruin it chances. I’ll tell you how good I think this series is, I get digital review copies and I’m seeking out the printed copies, which if your local comic shop or summer convention fails, you can always get at their online store. Enough talking about how much I loved the first two issues of this series, and let’s see if the love holds true through the third.

unnamed (6)WE CAN NEVER GO HOME #3

Artist: Joshua Hood
Writers: Matthew Rosenberg & Patrick Kindlon
Colors: Tyler Boss
Letters: Jim Campbell
Cover: Michael Walsh
In Stores 6/10/15

Synopsis:
Both the cops and the crooks are closing in on Madison and Duncan. Seems like a good time to go clothes shopping, rob some drug dealers, hit the fairground for some cotton candy, and maybe make out. Oh, and someone gets shot in this issue.

Preview:

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Review:

The quality holds up, which bodes well for the series. The characters of Madison and Duncan are written exceptionally well with motives that may very much be in conflict. The fact that I, as a reader, don’t completely trust Duncan is a credit to the series. The story has a similar feel to Matt Fraction’s Sex Criminals, as we get the sense that if these kids stopped for a little bit to think, then their methods might change, but these three issues all take place in a short span of time, maybe a couple of days.

The art is even more impressive in this issue, as Josh Hood has really gotten a handle on these two characters, and in the battle you see in the preview, knows how to illustrate an environment from different angles. He draws Madison and Duncan as teenagers, which is refreshing and while Madison fights off about a half dozen cops wearing nothing but a towel, never does the scene seem to be drawn for titillation. That is extremely refreshing.

There is only one scene that seems a little out of place in this series which has been so grounded, despite its premise. When Madison goes to find some clothes, we’re treated to two very meta pages commenting on female costumes in comics. It just seems out of place, but even for a bad spot, it’s treated pretty well, and we begin to see Madison exert herself in this partnership she’s in with Duncan. I’m not ready just yet to call it a relationship, but I expect that I may just be doing that sooner rather than later.