We Can Never Go Home #1
Story: Matthew Rosenberg & Patrick Kindlon
Art: Joshua Hood
Publisher: Black Mask
Release: March 25th, 2015
Navigating the halls of high school is never easy. And for teenage outcast Duncan and popular girl Madison things are even harder. They share a secret- they can do things other people can’t. But their abilities and need for secrecy take them down a dangerous path. After making a terrible and deadly mistake they are left with no choice. They have to leave and never come back.
A blend of crime road stories like True Romance & Badlands, coming of age tales like Pretty In Pink & Ghost World, and “outcast kids against the world” books like Runaways & Deadly Class, We Can Never Go Home is a new chance to fall in love with the doomed misfits and the dreamers who set off to find something bigger.
We Can Never Go Home opens up with a scene that immediately sets the tone for the type of story it wants to tell – a bit somber, a lot interesting, all teenage angst and confusion. I love reading Young Adult novels, and We Can Never Go Home would fit right in with some of the better YA novels being released lately. Main characters Duncan and Madison at first look like they’d easily be part of a story about star crossed lovers trying to make sense of their world, except the lovers aren’t lovers (yet?) and they both have the ability to kill people with ease.
Teenage stories, let alone teenage love stories, are tough to do right when being read by adults. One misstep, and it’s easy to groan and move on to the next thing, hoping for something better. We Can Never Go Home seems to have found its footing in this first issue, and while it dabbles in teen cliches for the majority of it, the last few pages are what truly kick off the story it promises to be. I accept that it needed to set the background of Duncan and Madison’s lives before the real story kicks off, but it makes the last few pages a bit more satisfying, a bit more tantalizing.
And I have no idea what this says about me, but I am totally down for a couple of super powered teens going all Bonnie & Clyde on the back roads of America.
I really enjoyed the art here, and I especially love how the coloring gives the issue a bit of an off-kilter feel. The backgrounds are awash in reds and purples at sunset, black in one panel, mustard yellows and pale blues during the day – none of the natural colors you’d expect, and it all ties the issue together in one cohesive artistic vision. The line work is really nicely detailed and interesting to look at, though I wish it was a little clearer in more than one or two panels that Madison is supposed to be Asian. I had no idea she was until it was mentioned.
We Can Never Go Home looks to be a promising series, and I will happily be picking it up for the first story arc to see how it all shakes out. I suspect older teens will really enjoy it, and I’d advise a pre-read for younger teens.