We Can Never Go Home
I picked up this book because I was drawn to the strange, spare covers. One in particular shows a shopping cart full of improvised weapons, and it hints at a book that balances the silly invincible feeling of being a teenager with a grim real world. We Can Never Go Home tell a story of super powers, high school in the 80s, and robbing drug dealers. It combines genres and styles. The wild story is grounded in reality by the art. Wal-marts and cheap motels look real, even when they share pages with bullets bouncing off our heroes.
We Can Never Go Home is a teen romance, adventure, superhero story by Mathew Rosenberg, Patrick Kindlon and Josh Hood. The characters are distinct, feel real, and demand your sympathy. The story elements are familiar at times, but the mix is what makes the book feel original. If you’ve ever felt like an underdog or made a mix tape, you’ll probably like this book.
This is a blog with varied interest, but I want to make sure it’s easy to find the comic book content. So here’s a quick post linking all the Trade Waiter reviews from the last three months:
- Astro City by Kurt Busiek, Brent Anderson, and Alex Ross
- Deadly Class by Rick Remender and Wes Craig
- Jupiter’s Legacy by Mark Millar and Frank Quietly
- In Real Life by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang
- Low by Rick Remender and Greg Tochinni
- The Private Eye by Brian K. Vaughn and Marcos Martin
- Squirrel Girl by Ryan North and Erica Henderson
- SuperMutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamaki
Also, I was recently asked about the name “Trade Waiter” this comes from a bit of comic book reader jargon. Someone who waits until issues are collected is sometimes called a trade waiter. I thought this name was appropriate because I only review books that have been collected into at least one trade or are a complete graphic novels. Happy reading.