Middlewest, Book Two
Abel's journey to deal with his family legacy continues as a newfound sense of stability slips through his fingers. Writer SKOTTIE YOUNG (I HATE FAIRYLAND, DEADPOOL) and artist JORGE CORONA (NO. 1 WITH A BULLET, FEATHERS) take Abel to some places both familiar and inevitable, others wild and new. The journey across Middlewest has shown these travelers that their homeland has more hidden away than they could have ever thought.

Middlewest, Book Two Details

TitleMiddlewest, Book Two
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 19th, 2019
PublisherImage Comics
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GenreSequential Art, Comics, Graphic Novels, Fantasy, Graphic Novels Comics, Science Fiction, Dystopia

Middlewest, Book Two Review

  • Valéria.
    January 1, 1970
    Začať nový rok s týmto bol skvelý nápad. Dej sa posunul, kresba si stále drží nálepku 'úžasne krásna', a príbeh stále baví, stále chytá za srdce a stále drží pozornosť prerastajúcu v tešenie sa na nové volume. Už nech je tu.
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  • James DeSantis
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed volume 1 for its great art and some great opening issues but felt the 2nd half lacking. This one is luckily better but still a couple of issues. We have our hero in the last volume almost kill everyone at the carnival. Luckily he calms down but is then exhiled from the camp. He wants to be alone but of course his trusty fox friend won't let that happen. So together they travel the lands once more to find the answers they need. In doing so they meet the boys grandfather, be he isn't I enjoyed volume 1 for its great art and some great opening issues but felt the 2nd half lacking. This one is luckily better but still a couple of issues. We have our hero in the last volume almost kill everyone at the carnival. Luckily he calms down but is then exhiled from the camp. He wants to be alone but of course his trusty fox friend won't let that happen. So together they travel the lands once more to find the answers they need. In doing so they meet the boys grandfather, be he isn't what he seems. I really enjoy the overall themes here. Anger, loss, abandonment, it's all told really well. Our hero, Abel, is on the verge of losing it all the time. But funny enough it's when he faces a person like his father or even grandfather that you see the difference in anger and disrespect. There's still time, and hope, for our boy to grow decent. I also liked the stuff with Abel's father here. The only thing I didn't love was again, the side characters. Especially the carnival people. None are interesting. Overall, with a deeper focus on Abel and him growing, it helped makes this volume even better than the first. Also, the art is top notch. A 4 out of 5.
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  • Will Robinson Jr.
    January 1, 1970
    One of my current favorite indie series. Skottie Young and his artist team really build out the fantasy world of Middlewest. In this second volume of the series we learn more about the history Middlewest and we learn more about Abel's family as well. Young does a great job with the contemporary dialogue and still giving this story a traditional fantasy feel. Every page is a delight to look at and I am really starting to love at lot of the supporting characters hear. Readers will get a few One of my current favorite indie series. Skottie Young and his artist team really build out the fantasy world of Middlewest. In this second volume of the series we learn more about the history Middlewest and we learn more about Abel's family as well. Young does a great job with the contemporary dialogue and still giving this story a traditional fantasy feel. Every page is a delight to look at and I am really starting to love at lot of the supporting characters hear. Readers will get a few answers to what Abel and his father are and the larger purpose to there monstrous transformations. Young still leaves a bit of mystery to story that I am he will answer in due time. I was never bored at all while reading this and It is always awesome finding a series like this that is different from most comics being publish on the stands. I have to say this volume is a bit more mature than the last volume. We do start to get into darker themes in this book. I am looking forward to the next volume.
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  • Jakub Kvíz
    January 1, 1970
    Middlewest si drží kvalitu a tempo i v druhém booku, kde sledujeme pokračování Abelova putování.Charakter Abela je napsanej dost věrohodně, takže jako každej malej kluk je netrpělivej a díky jeho rodině má predispozice pro to se pořádně vytočit. Jeho parťák Lišák parádně plní roli buddyho, kterej všecho dění glosuje a místama nakládá jak Gerendáš. Jsem celkem zvědav, jaká je jeho role, protože tam určitě není jen tak z plezíru...Pokud se vám líbil Morrisonův Joe the Barbarian, tak Middlewest by Middlewest si drží kvalitu a tempo i v druhém booku, kde sledujeme pokračování Abelova putování.Charakter Abela je napsanej dost věrohodně, takže jako každej malej kluk je netrpělivej a díky jeho rodině má predispozice pro to se pořádně vytočit. Jeho parťák Lišák parádně plní roli buddyho, kterej všecho dění glosuje a místama nakládá jak Gerendáš. Jsem celkem zvědav, jaká je jeho role, protože tam určitě není jen tak z plezíru...Pokud se vám líbil Morrisonův Joe the Barbarian, tak Middlewest by vás mohl bavit taky.
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  • Rory Wilding
    January 1, 1970
    After escaping the clutches of his father, Dale, who happens to be a terrifying storm monster, it turns out the apple hasn’t fallen far from the tree — Abel has inherited his father’s supernatural nature, causing chaos towards the Havoc Fair at the start of this volume. Being exiled from their new family with the exception of Bobby, who is determined to help him, Abel and Fox are on their own again as they travel through the Middlewest to find Abel’s mother while he wrestles with what he After escaping the clutches of his father, Dale, who happens to be a terrifying storm monster, it turns out the apple hasn’t fallen far from the tree — Abel has inherited his father’s supernatural nature, causing chaos towards the Havoc Fair at the start of this volume. Being exiled from their new family with the exception of Bobby, who is determined to help him, Abel and Fox are on their own again as they travel through the Middlewest to find Abel’s mother while he wrestles with what he considers his father’s curse.Please click here for my full review.
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  • Josh
    January 1, 1970
    Truly dramatic storytelling. Young, Corona and the rest of this team are telling a striking fantasy adventure story that also delves deep into questions of family, abuse, and legacy. It's a strong blend of clear theme and gripping storytelling made even better by bold art an ideal pairing of creative talents with a shared vision for what they are creating here.
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  • Alex Sarll
    January 1, 1970
    Still a fairytale with something of the same oblique relationship to America's heartlands as the genre's usual forests and castles have to Europe; still animated, like the most powerful fairytales, by a very real fear, here the cycle of rage and abuse and toxic masculinity. The art remains a joy, and the story takes some interesting choices, not least in telescoping what could easily have been five issues' worth of traditional quest narrative into a couple of pages. But that ugly truth Still a fairytale with something of the same oblique relationship to America's heartlands as the genre's usual forests and castles have to Europe; still animated, like the most powerful fairytales, by a very real fear, here the cycle of rage and abuse and toxic masculinity. The art remains a joy, and the story takes some interesting choices, not least in telescoping what could easily have been five issues' worth of traditional quest narrative into a couple of pages. But that ugly truth underneath it, about how damaged people push those who love them away, and how tough it is to find a way out of that cycle, makes for a difficult read all the same, the sort where you're not sure whether to do it in small doses or get it over with. If it weren't so beautiful it would be close to unbearable.(Edelweiss ARC)
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  • Craig
    January 1, 1970
    I'd give this one three and a half stars if possible. Still enjoying this. It reads like a modern Wizard of Oz somewhat as Abel continues to search for his origins. After he discovers that he shares something of his father's "storm-rage," he leaves the carnival and sets off with Fox to find out some more. The two are taken by this world's version of Native Americans, who tell him he must confer with a bear-spirit creature. That creature tells him to head for the snowy woods, where Abel finds his I'd give this one three and a half stars if possible. Still enjoying this. It reads like a modern Wizard of Oz somewhat as Abel continues to search for his origins. After he discovers that he shares something of his father's "storm-rage," he leaves the carnival and sets off with Fox to find out some more. The two are taken by this world's version of Native Americans, who tell him he must confer with a bear-spirit creature. That creature tells him to head for the snowy woods, where Abel finds his grandfather, who also shares the "heart of a storm" that both Abel and his father are cursed with. All this time, both Dale, Abel's father, and Bobby, his friend from the carnival, are tracking him. The artwork continues to be just the right level of fanciful. And the story is an engrossing quest narrative. I'm eager to see what comes next.
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  • Abby
    January 1, 1970
    You really feel for the character and how his family circumstances and history has really messed him up. You want him to be able to deal with it and move past, because you know that would be more comfortable. I’m glad the writer is making the process of the main character dealing with his life, family, and past much more slow and painful. It’s so much more real that way. This book did a good job of setting up moments for you to feel hope and then not fully dashing those hopes, but certainly not You really feel for the character and how his family circumstances and history has really messed him up. You want him to be able to deal with it and move past, because you know that would be more comfortable. I’m glad the writer is making the process of the main character dealing with his life, family, and past much more slow and painful. It’s so much more real that way. This book did a good job of setting up moments for you to feel hope and then not fully dashing those hopes, but certainly not fulfilling them either. I’m excited to see how the characters continue to develop and for what happens when the son and father meet in person next.
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  • Theediscerning
    January 1, 1970
    Of all the ways this typically S Young-styled fantasy comic was going to go, this wasn't really it. Yes, I had an inkling the daddy issues would be layered on as thick as anything, but the world opening up quite the way it does once the grandfather has been dismissed was not so expected. It's still not brilliant – yes, fantasy quests regarding heritage and destiny are fine, but not when they're so much concentrated on daddy problems – but it's still more than readable. Three and a half stars, as Of all the ways this typically S Young-styled fantasy comic was going to go, this wasn't really it. Yes, I had an inkling the daddy issues would be layered on as thick as anything, but the world opening up quite the way it does once the grandfather has been dismissed was not so expected. It's still not brilliant – yes, fantasy quests regarding heritage and destiny are fine, but not when they're so much concentrated on daddy problems – but it's still more than readable. Three and a half stars, as was the first volume.
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  • Paul Allard
    January 1, 1970
    Fantasy original comic series continues - interesting plotline This series continues with the adventures of Bobby and Abel as well as their friends, family and creatures. It’s mainly about Abel on a voyage of discovery with unpleasant consequences. The originality of the storyline makes this series interesting but I am no fan of Jorge Corona’s artwork which means that I’m in two minds about the series. Finishing on a cliffhanger, there’s evidently more to come.
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  • Joshua
    January 1, 1970
    Man, this is just good all around. The characters are conflicted all around, trying to do the right thing and failing to find what will be best for everyone. The art is cool, lively and varying as it moves from place to place and people to people. The metaphor about generational trauma and how people deal with it is pretty powerful too. Can't wait to see how it all ends.
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  • Lexi
    January 1, 1970
    3.75 rounded down. This book actually managed to pick up in the second arc (a lot of image books don't do that for me). The best character is the fox. Abel still comes off as whiney kid a lot, but he gained more emotional depth in this volume. I think this is on its way to tackling a lot of subjects, like toxic masculinity, blood vs found family, child laborers, and maybe an eco-crit edge, though it's still at a lot of introductory or surface level stages of that right now.
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  • Katie Florida
    January 1, 1970
    *read issue-by-issue*I'm still really into the creativity of this story and the magnificent art. This arc felt a little more like a set up for the next phase of the story, so I didn't love it quite as much as book one. That being said, issue twelve set up something great that I can't wait to read!
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  • Dareos
    January 1, 1970
    Remarkably better than book 1. I am starting to love the characters as they become more fleshed outone major criticism; some key emotional pivotal moments are left underdeveloped and seem underwritten.
  • Kelsey
    January 1, 1970
    This series tackles issues like family legacies, toxic masculinity, abusive families, etc in a very interesting way. This volume has developed some of the characters nicely while continuing to add odd fantasy quirks.
  • Nicole Westen
    January 1, 1970
    The fox is still my favorite character.
  • Kizzy
    January 1, 1970
    Ik ben benieuwd voor deel 3...
  • Nomad nimrod
    January 1, 1970
    I preferred the first one.
  • Carol Tilley
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 - love the art.
  • Jorge Ponce
    January 1, 1970
    Loving this series.
  • Tommy
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent second installment in the series. Enjoyed it just as much as the first and can't wait for book 3 to come out.
  • Patrick Williams
    January 1, 1970
    So good. Art and story, no complaints.
  • Jenna
    January 1, 1970
    I related and resonated so much with Abel. I loved the art, the storytelling, how I would feel the swell of emotion as the characters did... can’t wait for vol 3
  • Ruby
    January 1, 1970
    I really love where this is going and how Young is tackling ideas of fear of failure, father/son relationships, and heredity. As always, with a little snark added in.
  • Mariano Di Maggio
    January 1, 1970
    Por favor Image saca HC de este Middlewest. Es fenomenal
  • Angel Hench
    January 1, 1970
    I am IN LOVE with this graphic novel series!HERE'S THE SUMMARY: Abel's abusive father just got so angry that he turned into a literal tornado of rage and destruction. Now Abel can turn into the same kind of creature as his father-monster. How will he escape truly becoming his father's son?HERE'S THE REVIEW: I am a huge fan of the I Hate Fairyland series by Skottie Young, and was so sad to see it end. But after reading Middlewest volumes 1 & 2, I'm not sad anymore.Mr. Young does a fabulous I am IN LOVE with this graphic novel series!HERE'S THE SUMMARY: Abel's abusive father just got so angry that he turned into a literal tornado of rage and destruction. Now Abel can turn into the same kind of creature as his father-monster. How will he escape truly becoming his father's son?HERE'S THE REVIEW: I am a huge fan of the I Hate Fairyland series by Skottie Young, and was so sad to see it end. But after reading Middlewest volumes 1 & 2, I'm not sad anymore.Mr. Young does a fabulous job of capturing emotion in these comics. If you've ever been in any sort of abusive relationship, you'll recognize the anger that is displayed by the father and Abel's fear that he's becoming his dad.That being said, this is not some dreary, depressing saga. There is humor and beauty and just plain fun in Abel's adventures across Middlewest. (Abel's fox companion is adorable and hysterical!)I cannot tell you how impressed I am by the talent of Skottie Young. You should try this even if you are not usually a graphic novel reader. This series might just convert you!
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