MIDDLEWEST #17, available in comic book stores on Wednesday, June 24th, ignites a flame of conflict between Raider Farms and the townspeople from Abel and Bobby’s village. Led by Maggie, the villagers are ready to destroy the Farms to save those Nicholas Raider has enslaved.
It all comes down to this battle: On one end of the farm we see Raider, holding Abel in check, while the other end showcases Maggie, Fox, Jeb, and an army of ordinary townspeople. The scene set gives readers the feeling of the calm discussions that take place before chaotic battles in our favorite war movies.
As it turns out, Fox is the one to attack first, leading to a rage-filled Raider commanding his forces to kill every man, woman, and child. The chaos erupts, leaving our hero Abel feeling more hopeless than ever—that is until he gives into the rage, and there’s no telling what the consequences will be.
Skottie Young’s script gives readers a a look at all of the emotions wrapped up in war. We feel for our protagonists as they fight for their lives.
The wonderful illustrations come from Jorge Corona’s penciling and ink work, Jean-Francois Beaulieu’s coloring, and Nate Piekos of Blambot’s lettering. Raider Farms’s fields are set ablaze with explosions full of vibrant reds and oranges. And in the midst of the chaos readers get glimpses of the terror chiseled onto Abel and Bobby’s faces as the fate of their future hangs in the balance. This is further complemented by effective font use of their exclamations of terror.
MIDDLEWEST #17’s story is the perfect setup for the concluding tale next issue. We’re anxiously awaiting the final conflict between Abel and the forces of rage that plague him.
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