‘Home Sick Pilots #1:’ Comic Book Review

I love punk music. I love the punk attitude, but I am in no way punk. A person would never in their right mind point at me and say, “That dude is punk.” I don’t even know if punks use the term, “dude.” I love stories about punk characters. In Home Sick Pilots, we meet a group of three high school friends who are a punk band. They are called HOME SICK PILOTS! Their nemesis is another punk band called the Nuclear Bastards, with a couple more band members. Yes, our heroes are outnumbered, and, yes, they go to one of Nuclear Bastard’s concerts at an empty bowling alley that’s packed.

Ami thinks they can do better. In fact, why not have a concert at the haunted house up on the hilltop. Cut to a Psycho/Edward Scissorhands-like mansion sitting on a hilltop just outside of town. It’s supposed to be haunted. One boy died there after being lost in it for weeks, they say. That doesn’t stop Ami from going to check it out on her own, and that’s when all hell breaks loose.

This series is a lot of fun and connects to the outsider in all of us. Maybe that’s why I like punk so much; I often felt like an outsider, I just never had the guts to embrace the lifestyle, or maybe I never had the guts to want to tear things apart. Now I kind of do… I digress…

Dan Watters’ scripting is fast and fun. Casper Wijngaard’s art, which I last saw in Si Spurrier’s Angelic, captures a lighthearted tone amidst the chaos; he’s playfully dark, and his colors pop! They last worked on a series called Limbo which I haven’t read, but after reading this, I may track that down, as you should track this series down.

Creative Team: Dan Watters (writer), Casper Wijngaard (artist), Aditya Bidikar(letterer), Tom Muller (designer), Erika Schnatz (production artist), Tara Ferguson (White Noise marketing)
Publisher: Image Comics
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