WE CAN NEVER GO HOME #1
Written by Matthew Rosenberg & Patrick Kindlon
Art by Josh Hood & Amanda Scurti
Lettering by Jim Campbell
Black Mask Studios
Review by Frankie Rodriguez
What Happened: Boy (Duncan) shoots at things outside. Boy then sees girl (Madison) making out with Jock. Jock goes to hit boy but Girl ain’t having that and things spiral out of control from there.
Big Moment: Duncan’s Dad.
Hood and Scurti do a solid job here. We got some strong, detailed work that give a good amount of background detail, people with different shapes and sizes. Hood makes sure every person is distinct and can capture emotion well. Scurti does a wonderful job with the colors here to not only make all the people in the comic look different and distinctive from each other, but Scurti doesn’t mind coloring backgrounds in a way to help create the right tone for the scene. Hood’s Madison looks powerful and brutal at the same time while Duncan looks meek, mischevious, yet unassuming. These teens look like teens. And Hood makes every panel worth your while. Merging with the right shading and color, this first issue just creates a great book with actions, emotion and spectacles to behold.
Rosenberg and Kindlon give us a magnificent first issue. Reaching back to 80s movies and classic teen comics, we are presented with a great boy meets girl story with some interesting twists. Our leads are great and multifaceted already. Madison and Duncan have plenty of layers that Rosenberg and Kindlon develop throughout that first issue.
From the start of the issue to the end, Rosenberg and Kindlon grip readers with great dialogue, surprising and unusual scenes and witty dialogue that is relatable and says a lot about our culture, teens and more. The pacing of the issue was perfect this was very easy for readers to read and get into while still be complex. There is more to meets the eye here and I love every second of it.
This first issue was full of great art and wonderful story that would not be denied. If the detailed art didn’t grab you, the story and dialogue certainly will. We got so much character development in the first issue that it just made the book stand out that much more. There are plenty of things to love about this book, from the panels to the dialogue. With mysteries abound and two very complex main characters, we are in for a hell of a ride if this first issue was any indication. Comics at its best. I give We Can Never Go Home # 1 a spectacular 5 out of 5.