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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: 'Going to the Chapel' #4 by David Pepose, Gavin Guidry, and Liz Kramer

It's time to bride or die! With the police about to storm the chapel, Emily must choose her allegiances and her own uncertain future. Can Emily face her fears of lifelong commitment, or will her anxieties be dashed by a runaway bullet? Find out here in this thrilling finale!



GOING TO THE CHAPEL #4 

Writer: David Pepose
Artist: Gavin Guidry, Liz Kramer
Letterer: Ariana Maher
Publisher: Action Lab Comics
Release Date:  December 18, 2019
February 5, 2020
Cover Price: $3.99

Score: ★★★★☆ (4/5)


After what I considered a shaky issue three, David Pepose nails the landing in the final issue. Everything is neatly wrapped up with a couple of surprises. Part heist-gone-wrong, part romantic comedy, 'Going to the Chapel' has been a wacky ride filled with laughs and quirky characters with a romantic center. 

The biggest issue was the bride, Emily, who had shown some peculiar behavior that was downright mean towards her supposed fiance, Jesse. Once her old flame Tommy came into the picture as the ringleader of the Bad Elvis Gang holding them hostage she began to waver on her nuptials. Now granted, she was unsure prior to the attempted heist but it seemed she didn't care that much about Jesse afterward even as he was shot. 

Pepose saves this subplot with some earnest dialogue and interaction between the two that rights the course in a meaningful way. Meanwhile, the police are drawing near about to bust in so time is of the essence. The conclusion is a nervewracking race against time with some clever detours. It fittingly ends with one wild twisty turn. 

As usual, Gavin Guidry and Liz Kramer produce a brightly colored story full of expressively drawn characters that bolster the emotional punch of Pepose's writing. The art has been consistently inventive and engaging throughout the series. 

'Going to the Chapel' fills the void in comics that are just fun and adventurous stories designed to entertain with original ideas. Outside of superheroes, the place for these kinds of stories is best found at independent publishers. Action Lab continues to foster creators like Pepose with wild stories you can't find anywhere else. This is another home run. 

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