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REVIEW: 'Home Sick Pilots' #2 by Dan Watters, Caspar Wijngaard, and Aditya Bidikar

The Old James House has lost its ghosts. With her new powers, it's up to Ami to bring them back...whether they want to come home or not. Even when they're really big ghosts wrapped in metal, with lots of sharp edges and things. HOME SICK PILOTS #2 Writer: Dan Watters Artist: Caspar Wijngaard Letterer: Aditya Bidikar  Designer: Tom Muller Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: January 13, 2021 Cover Price: $3.99 Score:  ★★★☆☆ (3/5) A powered-up ghostified Ami has been compelled to find the ghosts of The Old James House in the form of an enchanted horseshoe. Its current bearer isn't going to give it up so easily. Meanwhile, Ami's friends Buzz and Rip are left looking for answers about her whereabouts back at the house. The second issue of Home Sick Pilots from Dan Watters and Caspar Wijngaard takes a surprising turn as it defies the expectations of a haunted house story established in its debut. Issue one was a stellar debut that had a lot of energy from its young protago

REVIEW: 'Burning Fields' #8 by Tim Daniel, Michael Moreci, Colin Lorimer, and Joana Lafuente


★★★★★ 5/5

'Burning Fields' #8 is the grand finale of one of 2015's best miniseries. What started as a politically charged military drama evolved into a supernatural police procedural turned monster movie that delivered on every level. The conclusion is bittersweet and perfect. 

Most striking wasn't the thrills, although they were plenty and they were earned, it was the chemistry and camaraderie between Dana and Aban investigating bizarre murders at an Iraqi oilfield. Dana's tortured soul seeking justice and redemption while an old foe in private military contractor Decker becomes the embodiment of evil personified. Aban is the local detective so earnest and measured he is the counterbalance to Dana's intense and impulsive nature. 

'Burning Fields' was the second season of True Detective we didn't get on television. Tim Daniel and Michael Moreci created a riveting character drama as good if not better than some popular programs.

It worked because the characters drove the action instead of the other way around. Their interactions felt true and with real weight regarding the situation they found themselves in. The supernatural elements remained as an undercurrent to the real personal conflicts between Dana, her inner demons and the outer forces that spelled doom for them all. 

If Colin Lorimer and Joana Lafuente weren't superstar artists before 'Fields' they deserve to be now. Lorimer's heavy-lined pencils added dimensions and depth to each panel while capturing the tension expressed in body language and facial expressions. It would be an understatement to say his work got better with every issue culminating in an awe-inspiring finale. Lafuente gave this unique horror story the perfect dark and moody atmosphere with stark color choices that set the tone perfectly. 

Dana, Aban, Decker and the summoned monster of Asag face off in an anxiety-ridden third act that delivers on what was built over seven issues. The ending is a satisfying, poignant and compelling climax that transcends genres and raises the bar on modern comic book storytelling.  

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