Down the River (Middlewest #15 Comic Review)


Story- Skottie Young

Art- Jorge Corona

Colors- Jean-Francois Beaulieu

Lettering- Nate Piekos of Blambot

Cover Art- Jorge Corona


Abel is still trapped on the energy farm, but he’s been given an opportunity that he intends to use to his advantage.  Meanwhile, Fox and the crew from the carnival have gathered an army to take on Raider and free all of the children he’s captured.


This whole issue is about people coming together to accomplish a common goal.  In this case the goal is overthrowing the tyrannical leader of an energy monopoly.  I love this and I’m really excited to see everything come together.  Something I really like about this issue is that we get to see more of the magic that is present in this world.  We’ve seen it before, but I thought it was really fascinating here.

I think a big part of why it worked for me was the scene transition.  The shift from the dark and stormy setting to the more serene fantastical scene is really drastic, but a great narrative touch.  The point was to get inside the head of a certain character and I thought this was a nice way to do that.  It looked great and got the point across.

The fact that it really looks like the characters are trapped in a storm is amazing.  Their clothes and hair are all flying in the wind.  The rain actually looks like it’s being blasted in different directions by the wind.  It’s great.  There’s lots of movement and life in the art which I think is great.  It gives a sense of reality to the series, even though drawn in a more whimsical style.

While the adults are off doing their thing Abel and the rest of the kids are coming up with their own plan.  Which sounds like it’s going to be really fun to see play out.  It’s set up like they’re going to pull off a heist.  They’re actually going to escape the man that kidnapped them, which is serious, but looks like it’ll be a fun ride for us as readers.  There aren’t a lot of hints as to what the kids are actually going to do.  So, I think it’ll be really fun to see everything come together and find out what the plan actually is.

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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.
I thought this issue was a lot of fun and I especially liked how it looked. I can’t wait to see how everything comes together.
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