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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:'Postal' #16 by Bryan Hill, Isaac Goodhart, and K. Michael Russell


★★★★☆ (4/5)

There is a saying that goes "adversity doesn't build character it reveals it." It wouldn't be a safe haven for criminals called Eden if it didn't have its share of adversity. What it reveals in this explosive issue is that Mayor Shiffron has a heart, Maggie is ruthless, and Mark wields more power than he thought. 'Postal' #16 has the ultimate showdown between Eden and the Aryan Brotherhood. Spoiler alert: there will be blood. 

The beauty of this bloody confrontation that's been building in the series between neo-nazis and the guardians of Eden is that it comes to a head in one easy to follow issue. Meaning you didn't have to have read the previous issues (but you should totally do that) to understand what's at stake. As an avid reader of 'Postal,' some things should surprise you but not the precision with which Bryan Hill unfolds the story. 

He takes a familiar set-up to a shootout and is able to develop his characters in deeper ways than we've seen. He peels away a new layer that kind of changes the dynamics between Mark, his mom, Maggie, and surprisingly Molly. The interaction between Curtis and Rowan from abrasive to cooperative and beyond was delicately handled because it could have gone real corny real quick. And as dramatic and gruesome as the battle was it was brief and straightforward. This was more about revealing the grit of these characters under stress, changing them from this point on and as we see in the final pages, Mark may have changed the most. 

None of it works without the great art from Isaac Goodhart and K. Michael Russell. Goodhart continues to impress with confident and dynamic layouts that drive the action forward, making the simplest of dialogue-heavy scenes flow smoothly and paced perfectly. Russell's colors pop against mostly dark backgrounds giving each scene its own bold color scheme. I've read the series from the beginning and I can say the art gets better as it goes on. 

'Postal' continues to deliver big cinematic action and great dramatic tension with a cast of dubious characters. It's a testament to Hill's talent of adding new facets to the personalities of Eden's protectors. With Goodhart and Russell providing amazing art, 'Postal' continues to be a must-read. 

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