Review: Black Mask Studios’ ‘We Can Never Go Home’

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stk664552These days the focus of indie comics has shifted away from their mainstream counterparts, and it has been a breath of fresh air for those of us finding ourselves bored with the usual cape-and-tights superhero humdrum. It’s been wonderful seeing all the different new takes on super-powered people the indie comics scene has come up with, though they still range from the hilarious to the mundane.

We Can Never Go Home tackles superpowered teens and does it right.

We Can Never Go Home #1 took the comic scene by storm, its first run selling out quickly, and it’s no surprise. It establishes two high school kids from opposite ends of the social spectrum with only one thing in common: superhuman powers. It seems to be set in our modern Earth, where such powers are so far only in our imaginations. Issue #2, however, instantly dives into higher-stakes action and teases that there might be others aware of such powers after all. I could be wrong though.

STK667316I feel the character development is a bit choppy, mostly with Madison. I simply don’t see a teenage girl completely dropping her personality and future goals she worked so hard towards in the blink of an eye for a guy she accused of being a creep just a day or two prior. Not that it wouldn’t eventually happen, just not that quickly. I remember high school, social circles and being a teenage girl. I’m assuming, however, that this was done because a lot of ground needed to be covered in a small amount of space. It doesn’t seem to effect the storytelling too much but did have me shaking my head a little.

The art and colors are fabulous, the team does a wonderful job illustrating believable characters in a style that feels perfect for this story. I’m especially impressed with how expressive the faces are. The characters eyes tell their own stories right along with the main plot.

We Can Never Go Home looks like it’s gonna be a wild ride, and I’m already hooked. It’s for mature readers, I’d say 15+ personally. There’s suggestive material, violence, gore, and some language. I can honestly say my biggest complaint is they’re too short, I want more!

You can find these and other Black Mask Studio comics at your local comic retailer, you ca also order both physical and digital copies direct from www.BlackMaskStore.com.

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