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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

INDIE SPOTLIGHT: 'Geek Girl' #1 by Sam Johnson and Carlos Granda

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Created and written by Sam Johnson (The Almighties, Cabra Cini: Voodoo Junkie Hitwoman) and illustrated by Carlos Granda (Grimm Fairy Tales, Charmed), in the 4-issue Geek-Girl Mini-Series we meet attractive, popular Maine college coed Ruby Kaye – a girl who is used to getting anything she wants. But when she overhears the resident college brainiac talking about super-tech glasses he's invented and decides she wants them – her whole world gets turned upside down.


When we're introduced to Ruby, she's a girl flying around in a super-hero costume, looking for crime, chatting to her BFF Summer on her cellphone, questioning if she's 'doing it right;' because she's been at this a couple nights now and nothing's happening. And then something does happen. Right in front of Ruby, Neon Girl – Maine's resident big-shot Super-Heroine – is blasted through a billboard by a mysterious new villain.


“Ass-kicker Neon Girl is taken off the map – and requiring a life-saving operation - by this extremely powerful, enigmatic woman, Lightning Storm, who seems to have come from nowhere,” says Johnson; “and Neon Girl wants to know what Ruby's going to do about it.”

“A scared Ruby reveals how she got the glasses on a whim, how it was her friend Summer who made her a costume and came up with a superhero name for her – and how she doesn't really know what she's doing,” Johnson continues. “But this isn't a point of view the no-nonsense Neon Girl has any time for; her attitude is that 'Geek-Girl' has super powers and sure dresses like a superheroine, so she needs to step up and stop Lightning Storm!” says Johnson.


And while Ms. Kaye's trying to get her head around this, things have taken a hit in her social life; thanks to a glitch in the glasses' programming that's messed with her head and made her super-kultzy, the only evidence she's provided her 'cooler-than-thou' clique of her powers has involved knocking drinks over them – alienating her from all but Summer. Johnson concludes, “So with a social life in tatters and a new status she doesn't really understand, Ruby has to try and take on an extremely dangerous force who's just hospitalized someone who's like a hundred times better at super-heroing than she is. Let's see how that goes...”

Geek-Girl #1 is out now from Markosia in Regular, Digital and Variant editions, and available at www.geekgirlcomics.com and www.comixology.com




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