Corruption in the Big Wide World (Middlewest #13)

User Rating: 8

Story-Skottie Young

Art-Jorge Corona

Colors- Jean-Francois Beaulieu

Lettering- Nate Piekos of Blambot

Cover Art- Jorge Corona


Our dear protagonist Abel has been captured by a greedy businessman who is using children as slave labor.


I like this issue, but maybe not for the reasons you’d expect.  We get some background on the man running the operation that kidnapped Abel.  We got some inspirational speeches about coming together and protecting what’s precious to you, like your community and family.  I actually enjoyed all of that.  It was fantastic.  What I’m still thinking about though are the little world-building details that happened in this issue.

Since the beginning, we’ve been seeing these weird fields of glowing plants.  These plants are apparently where this world gets its energy from.  There are literal energy farms and up until now, they’ve just been a background detail.  Now we’re learning about them and how the world operates outside of Abel’s little bubble.  It’s stuff like this that I find really fascinating.

A big part of why I find science fiction so fascinating is that the genre gives the creators an excuse to build these really complicated and fascinating worlds.  I love it when the story gives us a chance to learn things about the world.  In this issue, we learned about the energy situation which I thought was really interesting.  It’s fascinating to think about how a society would operate if people could grow their own energy.  How is it harvested? How is it used and regulated?  These are things that I want to know and really help me engage with the world a story is set it.

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Sarah Bieniek

Sarah Bieniek

I live in the desert and spend a lot of time reading comics and any science fiction I can get my hands on.
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This was a fun issue. I really enjoyed the world-building details. The art is still really fun. It’s a very good time and I definitely recommend it.
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