Approaching Storm (Middlewest #16 Comic Review)

User Rating: 8

Story- Skottie Young

Art- Jorge Corona

Colors- Jean-Francois Beaulieu

Lettering- Nate Piekos of Blambot

Cover Art- Jorge Corona


Abel and his crew finally get to put their escape plan into action.  Of course, the story wouldn’t be that interesting if everything went according to plan.


We finally got to see the escape plan put into action.  Which ended up being a bit of a letdown for me.  I was hoping for something a little more detailed and complicated.  I wanted to see the inner workings of this energy farm.  We didn’t get any of that, but what we did get wasn’t bad.  The story is not about the perfect execution of convoluted plans.  This is a story about a boy confronting the darkest parts of himself and learning to be a better person.

The series started with Abel running away from his abusive father.  He is terrified that he’ll become just like his father and is desperately trying to avoid that.  Abel sees a lot of similarities between his father and Raider, the man holding him and the other kids captive.  Over the course of his captivity Abel has been learning about himself.  He’s less afraid now.  I’m not going to say he’s not afraid at all, but he’s ready to push back against the people who’ve hurt him.

This issue isn’t about escaping Raider.  This issue is about Abel challenging Raider and refusing to let people like him keep having their way.  So, while I’m a little sad that I didn’t get to see the execution of a really awesome escape plan, I’m not upset with what we got.  What we got was still goo and ties in very well with the overall story the series has going.

The art team also deserves a lot of credit for this issue.  I really liked the way they used color and lighting in this issue.  I’m a big fan of how the confrontation scene turned out.  It’s intense, dramatic, and gripping.  It all works really well together.  I’m excited to see any future fight scenes.


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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.
The thing I was hoping for might not have happened, but this is still a strong issue. The last few pages make you want to cheer and get excited for what’s coming next.
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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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