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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: 'Wasted Space' #13 by Michael Moreci, Hayden Sherman, and Jason Wordie

Molly and Dust go on a quest of Tolkien proportions while Billy and Fury try to avoid being roasted by emotional vampires!


WASTED SPACE #13

Writer: Michael Moreci
Artist: Hayden Sherman
Colors: Jason Wordie
Letters: Jim Campbell
Publisher: Vault Comics
Release Date: January 22, 2020
Cover Price: $3.99

Score: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

'Wasted Space' has been one of the best comics going and one of the most consistently enthralling reads. I've said before that it's a mixture of Star Trek's intellect, Star Wars' adventure, and a sexy black comedy. It's as likely to break into a fierce battle as is it into a deep existential conversation, sometimes at the same time. Issue thirteen is just the latest example of big ideas and big action written by Michael Moreci. 

With the team split into two, the story goes back and forth from Billy's and Fury's forced therapy sessions to the battlefield where Molly, Dust, and the others defend against an alien army. It's quite the balancing act for Moreci. On the one hand, you have the deep conversations between Billy and Fury about how we see ourselves, are resistant to change and how we see others amid these excruciating therapy sessions. On the other hand, Dust informs Molly he's there for her amidst the interlude with Billy while they're on the battlefield. I don't know how many writers could pull this off with such precision and depth all while delivering a bonkers battle sequence.

It's that kind of storytelling that is once engaging and thoughtful yet just as equally thrilling and eye-popping. Hayden Sherman and Jason Wordie provide amazing visuals. Sherman's innovative designs and panel structures infused with Wordie's vibrant colors create a vivid landscape you can't tear your eyes away from. It's a fun and exciting composition of color and action that delivers every issue.

'Wasted Space' takes The Real World's famous tagline "when people stop being polite and start getting real" to heart in this latest chapter. Brutal honesty and self-reflection mixed with war is a risky combination that Moreci and company pull off with flying colors. No other comic makes you think while blowing your socks off like 'Wasted Space' does.  



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