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"Home Sick Pilots #1" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Image Comics

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Written by Dan Watters
Illustrated by Caspar Wijngaard
Lettered by Aditya Bidikar
2020, 32 pages, $3.99
Comic released on December 9th, 2020

Review:

Take a trip back to the summer of 1994, where a high school punk band is looking for a way to make it big in their California town. They need something that will make a splash, so why not put on a show at the local haunted house? When the singer, Ami, goes missing, things get weird. When the haunted house gets up and starts walking around, it's outright crazy.

After a chilling opening scene that gives a rough idea of what chaos and destruction are in store for us, writer Dan Watters takes his time introducing the characters. This pays dividends once the action heats up. The band is super relatable and it doesn't take long for us to get completely invested in their lives. I was surprised that we were only about halfway through the issue before the real scary stuff starts happening, as it felt longer.

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Artist Caspar Wijngaard is a shining star in Home Sick Pilots #1. The artwork in this issue is out of this world, from the creepy yet insane image of a walking house to the characters with their personalities shining through in every image.

There are some terrific sequences that convey movement and the passage of time. This allows for some additional time for certain segments, allowing the scares to seep in. It makes the horror much more effective than just a jump scare.

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The stand-out pages in Home Sick Pilots #1 come as a double-page spread as the band searches the haunted house for Amy. The house is split in half as we see them walk through each room in a perfect flow. Letterer Aditya Bidikar helps us weave through this snake-like sequence. It's a great shot that uses the comic book medium incredibly well.

The color in Home Sick Pilots #1 is truly unique, with the characters appearing mostly in pale blues, creating a calm, cool tone. When the haunted house gets moving, it glows with an eerie pink light. This seems to invade the blues, creating a shocking contrast.

Home Sick Pilots is one of the most gorgeous comics I've seen this year. The artwork is incredible and the story will hook you from the jump. It's a pitch-perfect supernatural mystery and I'm in completely.

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Overall: 5 Star Rating

About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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