We Can Never Go Home #1 (Black Mask)

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Rating: 4.5/5 – Teen Angst and Super Powers.
by ComicSpectrum EiC Bob Bretall.

This is one of those “flying below the radar” books that I love to find and share with people, because it’s from a smaller Indie publisher (Black Mask) and is likely not stocked on the shelves of many comic shops.  This is the kind of book you may need to ask for to get your shop to order.

If any readers remember Brian Wood’s Demo series; that was essentially a “what if someone with a power was introduced into an otherwise normal world”.  Whereas those were excellent 1-issue tales, this is the kick-off for a longer form story that isn’t derivative of Wood’s work, it just reminded me of it in the best way possible.  The story follows Madison and Duncan.  Madison is dating a guy on the high school football team until he gets a bit aggressive at the local make out spot.  We see what Madison can do when she gets anxious/upset.  Duncan is the outsider/loner who has something of a connection with Madison and as they get to know each other, we get to know them.

As with most stories that I immediately fall in love with, Writer Mattew Rosenberg created characters that I liked, felt a connection to, and want to know more about.  This debut issue is subtle, there are a few dust-ups but no major action set pieces.  This is more about getting to know Maddie, Duncan, and the world they live in.  We get the inciting action for the title of the series “We Can Never Go Home” and we’re off!  Most importantly, I want to know what happens next and I’ll be back for the second issue (which I already have pre-ordered).  This gets a high recommendation from me; check it out if you like stories that are character-driven as much as I do.

Reviewed by: Bob Bretall
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