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We Can Never Go Home Volume 1

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  765 ratings  ·  119 reviews
The story of two teenagers, a mixtape, a stolen car, a fully loaded .45, strange abilities, dead drug dealers, and their money. A dark and modern story about getting lost and finding yourself on the backroads of America. Collecting We Can Never Go Home #1-5.
Paperback, first, 164 pages
Published December 22nd 2015 by Black Mask Studios (first published November 25th 2015)
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
I started to give this dang book a 2 star, but it was like a trainwreck..I couldn't look away and I thought about it all last night. So a 3 it is getting.

Madison is one of the 'popular' girls and is going out with that hot football player. They go off and are doing the smooching thing when he wants to take it farther. Madison says no. Then a little dork named Dustin shows up and thinks he is saving the day. Not. Madison's eyes go all glowy and she kicks some ass.
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Dustin is a first class hanger
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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What just happened?

Okay, so maaaaaaaaybe if this . . .

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(without the smoochyface)

had a baby it might look a little something like this crazy mess.

This is the story of Maddie and Dustin and what happens after Maddie gets a bit too PMS-y and starts zapping laser beams out her eyeballs. Unfortunately for Maddie, no one ever bothered having a heart-to-heart with her like this guy . . .

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But luckily for Dustin a wardrobe
SUSAN   *Nevertheless,she persisted*
A solid 3.5 stars. There was a lot I liked but where it lost me was continuity. I loved Madison's character. She had a lot of depth,she was solid.
Where it fell a little flat was Duncan's character. I couldn't get a grip on him,he was all over the place. He stood up to having his a*s beat down all the time,perhaps to the point of the ridiculous.
I liked the story and will follow it to see where they go with Madison's character.
Feb 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommended to Steve by: Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Well, that was interesting, I guess.

This book is a classic case of not knowing or understanding its own identity. Is it a killers-on-the-run plot? Is it a (bad) teen romance? Is it a play on Breaking Bad? Is it a government conspiracy? Is it a Heroes rip-off? It's all this, and more.

Duncan, all-around geek and high school punching bad, is on his last straw when he meets Madison, superpowered-but-doesn't-know-how-or-why. They run away, attempting to rob drug dealers, running afoul of the local
James DeSantis
May 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Good old coming of age story with a super powerful badass teenager and a quick talking assholish kindish boyfriend. Let's go!

So Madison, the main star of the series, has some extremely badass powers. Her eyes light up and she becomes super strong and fucks up shit. Then we have Duncan who is basically a sly asshole nerdy dude who decides to one day stand up to bullies. When he does Madison shows off her powers. They begin to connect and one day he makes a mixtape for her. After that she goes to
Drown Hollum
Jan 08, 2016 rated it liked it
So a while back, I read a book about super-powered teens called "They're Not Like Us". If you follow my reviews, you'll know already that I was not a fan. We Can Never Go Home, in more ways than one, follows a lot of the same tropes and ideas as that book, but consistently executes them in a more graceful, relatable fashion. There are a lot of cute moments in this book, and at times, Madison shines as the breakout character. The art is rock-solid and a lot of fun to look at, while the punk-rock ...more
Skye Kilaen
Violent, not at all hopeful, but an extremely compelling graphic novel. Teenagers with superpowers doing the teenage angst version of Bad Decision Theater, on the run because of their powers and tangling themselves up with crime. Why did I love this? Did I just get into the inevitability of disaster? I don't usually go for such messy characters, especially young men who are as fucked up and manipulative as the male main character here, but Duncan's desperate, broken behavior made me want to wrap ...more
Dec 21, 2015 rated it it was ok
I like the concept of this book and I really liked Madison; I would read many more books about Madison! Something in the execution was missing,
though. I get that the violence was supposed to be terrible, but Duncan kept getting hit in the nose and being fine, and the style of the blood/flatness of their reactions to murder marred that idea. The highlight was definitely the sequence mocking ridiculous female superhero costumes, and Madison's arc in general. I wish they'd focused more deeply on
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Clumsy teenage Bonnie & Clyde with powers.

The story starts really well; the kids are cool, dialogues hit the spot, offbeat humor mixed with very violent action gives some good interesting scenes and the pacing is good... up till the last issue which seems somewhat rushed-up and out of place compared compared to the 4 previous ones. Was this shady organizations stuff necessary? The promised volume 2 having never been delivered I reckon we'll never know.

I would have hesitated with 3* if not
Jan 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Very mixed feelings about this one. It kept me engaged but I'm not really sure what it has to say. The character beats rang true more often than not, but there were moments that felt off, like the writing was a little amateurish. I give it credit for doing something different, and for writing a romance (of sorts) that subverts your expectations. In general I thought Maddie was a great character, and there were a number of other really interesting characters and ideas, but I'm not sure any of it ...more
R.C. Rejino
Jul 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Well, this was certainly an interesting graphic novel.

In case any of you don't know, I've become a fan of Matthew Rosenberg's writing ever since his Secret Warriors run began, so I was very curious to see how the rest of his series were in comparison. I picked this series up without knowing what it was about, but I knew it was Matthew Rosenberg, so that was all I needed to know.

We Can Never Go Home is set in the 1980s and is about two young adults who have a chance encounter one late night at
Tiffany Anne
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
Moves a little too quickly from situation to situation. I do find first issues of most graphic novels to be a little bit bland & sloppy. I'll still give the next volume a shot
Dec 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really liked this one!

A teenage couple decide they can be out on their own since both have super abilities. However, after some trouble with the law, someone may not be who they seem...
If you like revenge stories you will like this book. It was clever and smart enough not to be too cliche. Kind of reminds me of Deadly Class and maybe a little like the X-men. I really liked the dynamic between the two main characters. Their relationship is interesting. This book tries so hard! Sometimes a
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
What if Stray Bullets dealt with superpowers? Madison is the cool girl in school with a secret, she is superstrong. Duncan is the class outcast. They accidentally kill someone and go on the run. The dialogue and relationships are fantastic. I'd love to see this continue on. There's some intriguing world-building started in this book and I'd love to see where it goes.
Oct 02, 2017 rated it did not like it
I picked this graphic novel up a while back and only now got around to reading it.

Unfortunately, the story reads like so much claptrap with no character worth rooting for and frankly it was a deeply unsatisfying read because of it.

More could be said but that's the best I can say without going even more negative.
Sep 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dark, graphic-novel

Violence felt repetitive and I didn't really like the art style.
I knew nothing about this book before buying it and was completely blown away. A tale of teenage love, violence, and alienation with a punk rock soundtrack, this was a great blind buy.
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Turmoil. Raging. I am cross and torn. There is nothing tidy here. There are no neat bows. Clever, difficult, unsatisfying, and yet oddly arousing. I would follow Madison for the rest of her life.
Anna (Bananas)
Jan 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
That took a couple of interesting left turns near the end.
Joe Crawford
Jan 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
This is a tough one for me. "I want to like it more than I do" applies for me here. Morally, the protagonists are so far from my center that I have a hard time rooting/relating to them. Still a worthwhile read I think.
Craig Evans
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow, this was bloody awesome! Literally!! The art was a bit plain for my tastes but the fast-paced, action-packed story MORE than made up for it. Is Volume Two out because I need it in my life!
Jan 28, 2016 rated it did not like it
Okay so I completely and absolutely hated this. It reminded me so much of fanfiction, the really bad kind of fanfiction.
Examples of the tropes that are in fanfiction and in this book:
-Everything is super forced and dramatic for absolutely no reason.
-All these random people show up with no background.
-There's all this weird teenager sexual angst.
-The boy is from a troubled home so he obviously has a gun and pretends to be the nice guy when he's super manipulative.
-The main characters were at
Dec 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
With its esoteric punk references and ridiculously great writing, this was one of the best series I've read in about a decade. It reminds me so much of Chris Claremont's stellar run on the X-Men, mixed with an angst-ridden counterculture vibe of The Doom Generation.

I found myself anticipating the release of each individual issue, and twice I even traveled to multiple comic book stores to track down the newest installment - something rarely required since the Internet Age began! But between its
Ian Foley
Dec 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'd heard good things about the comics Black Mask has been putting out so I gave this trade paperback collection a shot. Reminds me a little of Brian Wood and Becky Cloonan's Demo. This is a well done punk rock approach to super powered beings. I like that the main characters are neither good nor evil. They're kids and make dumb decisions that have disastrous consequences. While the art can be inconsistent in places, the page layouts, character acting, and general storytelling are better than ...more
Dan Santillo
Dec 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the first 4 chapters of the story but by the last issue it got a bit cute with the ending and fell flat . I'm hoping that it had more to do with getting Maddie into the Black Mask shared universe . All problems aside this is a must read and I feel at some point we will be hearing about it being optioned for tv/movie
Feb 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: landfallfreight
I received this trade in my January Landfallfreight. We received a poster of the same book and the poster seemed way more kick ass than the actual book. This volume just confused me. Like I get it you have powers but why Rob and kill people constantly? I don't know it just wasn't my favourite. I might continue to see if the series gets better.
Jason Ragle
Dec 16, 2015 rated it liked it
The punk attitude that permeated the book worked a little too well for me. The story and art felt "punk" in the sense that there is passion and righteousness to it, but the performance is a little weak and wobbly in places. The younger me would have loved this book, but the older, jaded me kinda just smiles a little wistfully.
Eric Rickert
Jun 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics-graphics
Kewt. Really: the first comic I've read where I actually thought, oh this is kewt.

It can go in a million directions after this; it opens broad enough to allow that. Which is both a virtue and a downfall.

Whatever, though. Hardest part is done. Take it to the top.
Mar 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, fiction
Interesting thoughts in the back.
Coming of age?
Decisions in the heat of the moment?

This has got all those things. I'm sold.
Now you read it.
Ken French
Nov 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
This is the coolest comic I've read in years.
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