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"Home Sick Pilots #2" 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
2021, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on January 13th, 2021

Review:

The Old James House has eaten Ami, but she's not dead. Instead, she has some new powers, given to her by the house. That comes with a strange link to the place. Now she's working to bring some ghosts back home. Meanwhile, the rest of her bandmates are trying to figure out where she went. They're also covered in blood after they ate another band and had a very different reaction to when it consumed Ami.

I thought I had Home Sick Pilots figured out after the first issue, but I could not have been more wrong. Writer Dan Watters takes this story into strange and unexpected directions. Ami's overall quest isn't abundantly clear, but you start to pick up on her connection to the haunted house. It's like two lost souls found each other. It's sweet in a way.

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Ami has a hard time with her first ghost, a horseshoe that has been serving as a good luck charm for a rich woman. This thing transforms its owner into a massive being of metal and spikes. Artist Caspar Wijngaard makes this looks terrifying and awesome at the same time. It's so very unnatural that it really makes you wonder just what the hell is going on with this haunted house in the first place.

When this entity speaks, it is stilted and guttural. Letterer Aditya Bidikar uses a larger font in scratchy black word balloons. It's also interesting to see that none of the balloons or caption boxes have outlines to them. It's like these words and thoughts just kind of appear and float in the air in a haunting manner.

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Wijngaard does some phenomenal color work in Home Sick Pilots #2. Each scene has its own unique palette, differentiating it from the rest of the story. The pages with Ami's bandmates are dark, with hues of red to really amplify the blood. It's stark and feels grounded in reality. This is in direct contrast to Ami's sequences, which are lighter and almost shiny. Ami's hair is a bright white now, as she has an otherworldly glow about her. This shifts again when Ami returns to the Old James House with pinks, greens, and blacks permeating from every angle.

Home Sick Pilots has taken some twists and turns with this issue. I feel like I'm playing catch-up a bit, but I'm still very much intrigued. This mesh of fantasy and reality is going to cause some great drama. It's already led to some bloodshed and it's clear this place isn't done. It's one thing to have a haunted house, but it's quite another to have one that can move around or send out soldiers to do its bidding.

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Overall: 4 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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