The American midwest is, as far as most people are concerned, bland and boring. This author, having lived in the midwest his entire life, mostly agrees. I say mostly because, found in long stretches of highway surrounded by corn and wheat, or dense rolling forests filled with noises and creaking, there is a certain mystery and danger that looms if you lend yourself to it. In a big city, anything can happen, and people will probably ignore it. In the country, anything can happen, and no one will ever know. I’m hoping Middlewest, the new Image Comics series from Skottie Young and Jorge Corona, captures that uniquely eerie midwest danger.
The story, set to debut with Middlewest issue 1 in November, will follow a young boy named Abel as he searches for a way to stop a raging storm that knows his name. He will apparently navigate the strange lands of the midwest in order find answers, and discover things about his family’s history along the way. A recent press release from Image reveals the following.
“The lands between the coasts are vast, slow to change, and full of hidden magics. Mistakes have been made, and an unwitting adventurer searches for answers to quell a coming storm that knows his name. Middlewest is the tale of Abel, a young boy who must navigate an old land in order to reconcile his family’s history.”
Storms are great catalysts for change. Not only do they change the physical landscape, but events happen during storms that change people forever. As someone who has lived through tornados and and lost everything during floods, there is nothing more ominous than a looming black storm. Now, if that storm also knew your name? That’s another level of dread right there. I’m truly hoping that Middlewest will impress, and hoping that it brings some of that storm-dread to life.
Look for Middlewest this November, and stay tuned to Level 3 News for an upcoming review!