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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: 'Devolution' #1 by Rick Remender, Jonathan Wayshak, and Jordan Boyd



★★★★☆ (4/5)

'Devolution' accomplishes things post-apocalyptic stories shouldn't. Here's yet another comic about the world gone mad and it totally works. Rick Remender (Deadly Class, Black Science, Low) has found a way to be innovative and provocative with another dystopian tale that covers new ground as humanity self-destructs again. 

In a world rife with wars and conflict, the common denominator is determined to be religion. In order to combat that which draws us to believe faithfully, sometimes radically, a serum is created to eliminate our ability to do so. Unfortunately, the serum tests went horribly wrong, subjects began to devolve and mutate causing a contagious virus that spread worldwide. Human and beast began to revert to their prehistorical incarnations. The world has collapsed leaving bloodthirsty tribes and unchanged "sapiens" fighting for survival. 

Remender avoids being derivative by introducing a much more primordial reality than his other excellent dystopian book, Tokyo Ghost, where culture has devolved into media-consuming zombies. 'Devolution' has homo sapiens-turned-neanderthals in a world gone wild with only a determined woman named Raja seeking a cure. She becomes sidetracked when she comes across a shady sapien settlement that holds her hostage. 

The backstory that led to this situation is deftly and quickly established in Remender's blunt style. The settlement camp resembles a fort right out of Deliverance with Gil the bully redneck in charge and a Confederate Flag waving in the background. There's an echo of The Walking Dead-type isolation amid the monsters but the fresh characters and setting add a level of intrigue. 

Jonathan Wayshak has a frenetic sketchy style that gives the book a unique energy, almost a surrealistic approach. Jordan Boyd infuses the environments with subdued colors that seem layered and somehow sullied on purpose to reflect the filthy world being depicted. It's a daring method at illustrating this unpredictable story with unpredictable art. 

'Devolution' gives Dynamite Entertainment another gem of a limited series. Remender, Wayshak, and Boyd set-up a dirty devolved dystopian future where anything can happen. It's definitely worth getting on board for the ride. 

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