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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: 'Isola' #2 by Brenden Fletcher, Karl Kerschl, and Msassyk

The treacherous trek to Isola continues for Captain Rook and the Queen. Supplies are low and the Queen is weak. Rook makes the decision to venture into an abandoned city while leaving the tiger Queen behind to rest. It's a decision that could prove costly.


ISOLA #2  

Writer: Brenden Fletcher, Karl Kerschl
Artist: Karl Kerschl, Msassyk
Letterer: Aditya Bidikar
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: May 9, 2018
Cover Price: $3.99

Score: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

Were it not for the gorgeous art in this series, 'Isola' would seem like a very slow developing fantasy with little plot development and answers. But Karl Kerschl's designs are wondrous and Msassyk's deep rich colors are every bit the Studio Ghibli-inspiration they claim it to be. And the art does tell the story, as well as Kerschl's and Brenden Fletcher's script, does. It's just a leisurely stroll through some dangerous terrain where anything can happen. 

Rook's supply run has her crossing paths with some unexpected figures. The build-up to these moments can lull the reader into a false sense of security so for the book's intentional slow pacing, the second half is an exhilarating experience with a great cliffhanger. It's an undeniable slow burn but everything is rendered so beautifully you won't mind examining every inch of the page. 

As lovely as 'Isola' is, it could use some revelations to provide more backstory and answer some lingering questions. We don't know the how or why yet and we're being introduced to new characters leading to more questions but it's never dull. Every panel could be confused for an animation gel making this series look absolutely peerless. The next issue could be the make-it-or-break-it point for this still-evolving story but it's still a recommended buy. 


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