Middlewest Vol. 1, Skottie Young & Jorge Corona | Review


Published on Mar 05, 2020


After the success of the fun, hilarious and foul-mouthed Hate Favolandia, BAO Publishing brings in Italy the new series of Skottie Young here in the role of writer and accompanied by the pencils of Jorge Corona from the title Middlewest.

Abel lives in Farmington, Kansas, with his father. Delivery the newspaper in the morning, or at least it should be... a Saturday, wake up late, and rather than finish his round of deliveries it makes to convince you to loiter. But Abel is too good and naive to commit “ragazzate” and so he ends up angering the father with whom he already has a difficult relationship.

In the discussion that follows fly big words and pushing and shoving and the father of Abel is transformed into a real tornado human, an elemental force that strikes him and ravaged his everything found on its path.

Fortunately, the guy manages to escape with the help of a Fox – a fox-speaking – to find himself catapulted from the other side of the state. Their aimless wandering in search of the road to the house is interrupted by an encounter with Jeb, a sorcerer who lives in a junkyard, who, seeing the wound of Abel understands the gravity of the situation and suggests to cross the road with the Circus Hurst and ask for the mysterious Madame Magdalena.

Another stunt, due more to the need this time, it is almost dear Abel, who is captured and forced to join the circus to pay off his debt.

Soon, however, Abel will feel welcomed by the circus and well-liked. This, however, is not enough to retain the strength that is growing inside him, just when his father is put on its tracks.

I admit to not being a fan of Skottie Young screenwriter, and, more in general, of all that line humorous exaggeration that has exploded in recent years with characters like Deadpool and Harley Quinn, and, by osmosis, is the coupling in series with a creator-owned such as the already mentioned I Hate Favolandia.

In spite of this possibly redundant clarification, the premises of the Middlewest are really interesting, and this first volume does not disappoint the expectations even surprising for clarity of intent and execution, both at the level of writing that graph, resulting in a reading extremely viable and engaging.

Young joins a obvious component biography with the suggestions of the geo-climate of a land close to the imaginary of the readers of comics – the Kansas of supermaniana memory and its tornado – filtering them through the self-evident appeal to the literary – The Wizard of Oz – except then reshuffle the cards on the table in the last two chapters with a wink, urban fantasy, rural fantasy, if you pardon the joke.

The core theme of the writing simple, but effective Young's modulus is obviously one of the most classical themes, that of growth here revisited through the tumultuous relationship with the father figure in contrast with the search of a place in the world or simple affection on the part of the protagonist.

The charm of the Young are perfectly translated on paper by Jorge Corona in exceptional form.

Crown sborda frames for the construction of the table is large and airy, in which there are easily the size and the horizontal and vertical merging a taste that is distinctly eastern, with suggestions Miyazakiane not indifferent, with a setting that is halfway between the illustration and the comic in the broadest sense.

Jorge Corona is a designer modern in the measure in which his tract, the use of proxemics and cinesica are all pointing to the dynamism, immediacy and freshness and a wink to the animation.

In this sense, also be noted the excellent work the colors Jean-Francois Beaulieu not so much for the excellent choice in terms of palette, but for the use of the light as punctual in the scenes “daily” since ethereal in the most “fantasy” with a fondness for violets and blues that give personality to the sequences.

Impeccable care carto-technical volume hardback packaged by BAO Publishing that has as extras, only the inevitable gallery of covers. Very good translation, few step less and less convincing, instead, in the phase of adaptation.

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