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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: 'Home Sick Pilots' #1 by Dan Watters and Caspar Wijngaard

 The team behind LIMBO, DAN WATTERS (Lucifer, COFFIN BOUND) and CASPAR WIJNGAARD (Star Wars, Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt), launch a brand-new ONGOING SERIES.

In the summer of 1994, a haunted house walks across California. Inside is Ami, lead singer of a high school punk band-who's been missing for weeks. How did she get there, and what do these ghosts want? Expect three-chord songs and big bloody action that's Power Rangers meets The Shining (yes, really).


Writer: Dan Watters

Artist: Caspar Wijngaard

Letterer: Aditya Bidikar

Designed by Tom Muller

Publisher: Image Comics

Release Date: December 9, 2020

Cover Price: $3.99

Score: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

This new series is billed as 'The Haunting of Hill House' meets 'Paper Girls' and it's not far off. Here, the kids are older, teens in rival punk bands, who battle each other and not just on stage. The setting and vibe are very 1990's complete with rockers wearing flannel, beanies, and leather jackets. The tone is that of a dark comedy with bigger horror ambitions. 

When Ami goes missing the kids suspect she's in the infamous haunted house in town and the issue really kicks up another gear or two when they enter the property. By that time, as a reader, you're hooked and craving for more after the final page. Dan Watters has an ear for dialogue and while the set-up is a little janky with the feuding band members the overall mission of getting them in that house so the fun can begin is worth the time to get there. 

Caspar Wijngaard does some inventive and terrifying things here that make the pages worth lingering to look at a while longer. What Cliff Chiang does with the aforementioned 'Paper Girls' in limiting the color scheme to a certain set of colors is what Wijngaard does here and it pops. Magenta, purple, and blue all carry the story here with varying degrees of effectiveness. It really glues the eyeballs to the page even when the page goes black. The story hinges on letterer Aditya Bidikar's ability to diversify the dialogue and narration from situation to situation. The art is sharp, creative, and eye-popping. 

'Home Sick Pilots' is the 90's teen horror movie we never got but deserve here in 2020. One of the bright spots in a mostly dreary year. Watters and Wijngaard have created a fun and scary haunted house tale that simply rocks.