Publisher: Black Mask Studios
Writer: Matthew Rosenberg, Patrick Kindlon
Artist: Josh Hood
Release Date: 9th December, 2015
I’ve always been a fan of on-the-run crime stories, but I don’t recall ever reading one where the protagonists had superpowers – at least not until I read We Can Never Go Home. It’s like True Romance meets Misfits, but to be honest it’s very much its own thing, and utterly unlike anything else out there at the moment.
When Duncan spots Madison making out with her jock boyfriend in a car, he decides to have a peek in the window. When said jock boyfriend gets pissed and inadvertently knocks Madison to the ground, her eyes light up and she tosses him into the air with a superhuman push. The altercation results in Duncan walking her home, and their friendship is formed.
They start hanging out. Duncan makes her the world’s greatest mixtape which would win over any girl’s heart, featuring The Smiths, The Replacements and other bands from a bygone era when music was, y’know, good. It seems like a blossoming romance could be on the cards. Until Madison ends up killing Duncan’s abusive father that is; not that he isn’t thankful for it, but it does throw a spanner in the works for an evening of Husker Du and chill. Now, faced with the prospect of going to jail, they steal a car and go on the run as fugitives, leaving a crime spree in their wake as they are pursued by the authorities, gangsters and others with supernatural abilities.
There are some beautiful themes to be found in We Can Never Go Home, such as the friendship between two outsiders which is beautiful, funny and charming, in spite of their circumstances being anything but. However it is also a very dark story where every violent action has consequences, even if it committed for the ‘right’ reasons, and these consequences happens at such random moments that they may catch you off-guard. But, all in all, it’s a thoroughly entertaining fugitive adventure in a world of super humans.
Overall, this is an entertaining coming-of-age fugitive adventure with a lot of heart – as well as danger, darkness and consequences. We Can Never Go Home is a genuine thrill ride, and I recommend it as an absolutely essential purchase.
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The writer of this piece was: Kieran Fisher
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