by Matthew Rosenberg, Patrick Kindlon, Joshua Hood & Amanda Scurti
We Can Never Go Home surprised readers with a wonderful debut issue last month. With issue two out this week, readers are ready to dive back into We Can Never Go Home. After the fallout of the last issue, Madison and Duncan are on the run. Two totally different teenagers are brought together by their shared special abilities and a series of violent incidents that may or may not have been planned. Now in an attempt to run away from home, they’ve made their whole predicament ten times worse than it already was.
Both Duncan and Madison are special but it’s in totally different ways. When Madison gets angry her eyes will light up and then posses super strength, but aside from that is a normal high school girl. On the flipside, although Duncan says he has the ability to kill people with his mind, readers never see it. Duncan seems different in a mental and emotional way. Being the outcast and living in a broken home seems to have taken a toll on his psyche. It reads like Duncan is manipulating Madison to use her for his own personal gain. However, it seems like there is much more to Madison and her powers than either of them know yet. Both Rosenberg and Kindlon have done a wonderful job with pacing and dialog in We Can Never Go Home which is why this story is so addicting.
This art team of Joshua Hood and Amanda Scurti is absolutely fantastic. They both bring We Can Never Go Home to life and make a very grounded story still burst of the pages. Hood is hyper-detailed and still captures a sense of realism while still acknowledging that you’re reading a comic. Hood’s angles that he draws many of this issue’s panels from really stood out and gives the story a cinematic look. We Can Never Go Home also seems to be a period piece, possibly taking place somewhere in the late 70’s or early 80’s. This is done subtly with vehicle designs, lack of cellphones and the use of cassette tapes and hairstyles. Scurti uses a very vibrant palette for We Can Never Go Home, but never to the point of being distracting. Scruti finds a way to make We Can Never Go Home look bright, but still able to reflect the story’s contemporary themes.
We Can Never Go Home has been an astounding series to read that seemingly came out of nowhere. This is the kind of series comic readers are always dying to discover. This whole creative team has stumbled onto something special here and it shows on every page of We Can Never Go Home. If for any reason you were skeptical after the first issue, this issue should be more than enough to bring you on board the We Can Never Go Home bandwagon. Make sure to jump on now because this looks like it’s going to be one hell of a ride.