Every issue of Home Sick Pilots that I read blows my mind. I’m generally good at sussing out where something is going; there’s a natural step by step progression that – when it happens – is almost like it was obvious that it was supposed to happen that way. Every step forward that this series takes makes complete and total sense, it’s so freaking crazy that I don’t know what could happen next. No idea. In every issue, a new element is added that just keeps the ball sailing further out of the stadium.
At this point, I don’t even know how to encapsulate the story. It started out with a high school punk band wanting to play at a haunted house to attract a crowd. You got some of the haunted house horror elements, and then the creators were just like: This is boring; let’s turn the haunted house into a kaiju. It’s so bonkers and so brilliant, and I love it. This is the most punk comic I’ve read or cartoon I’ve seen since the anime, Furi Kuri. Yeah, the closest thing to this in amazing bonkers tone is Furi Kuri.
I don’t know where this is going to go. It’s so unconventional and it’s so damn thrilling to read.
Wijngaard doesn’t get to spread his wings too much in this issue, as it’s more about the shifting of chess pieces, but with the promise of what’s to come in the next issue, I have a feeling he’s saving his artistic energies. Hoo-boy, things are going to go 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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