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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: 'Monstress' #3 by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda


★★★★★ (5/5)

I can finish a comic in about fifteen minutes, thirty if it's dense with exposition. With 'Montress' #3 by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda, I took a good hour reading it, admiring the intricate artwork, and re-reading certain sections. It is something to behold for all its complex world-building and elaborate illustrations. The manga influence is unmistakable but the baroque settings, ornate and delicate, take fantasy to whole new levels. 

I'd usually start the review discussing the writer's choices concerning the plot but there's no denying the integral artwork of Takeda. The delicate lines, the perfectly symmetrical shapes that make up the art-deco motif and inventive character designs indulge the eyes with extravagant precision. You have to admire to what lengths Takeda will go to convey Liu's vision. Every tentacle that emerges from Maika's stumpy arm is accounted for and each given the same amount of detail whether it's in the foreground or the background. We really should be paying at least twice as much for this level of artistry. 

Endangered by the appearance of an Inquisitrix, Maika unleashes the darkness that lurks within and gave into her "hunger." Dispatching of her would-be captor in a horrific way and developing her story even further. It doesn't make poor little Kippa feel any better but the fact that Maika addresses her fears is an unexpected but thoughtful response.

Meanwhile, Yvette and the Holy Mother discuss their next move as Maika gets further and further away from them. She has a piece of the mask and with it rests much power. A power the Holy Mother must have. Liu has demonstrated the darkness of this world lies in its characters. Some have a lightness to them but most have a dark side. The violence in the issue is unflinching and brutal. A sometimes jaw-dropping display of callous savagery that not even Maika can escape. Liu is fearless in demonstrating just how dangerous this fantasy world is and that sense of anxiety you feel for Maika being discovered by soldiers is real and tangible. 

'Monstress' is an epic fantasy in every sense of the genre. It's thick with mythology and complexity. It's a story that's still developing and illustrated with more audacity than we deserve. Issue three revealed some important details while making your heart race. Liu and Takeda are simply magnificent. 

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