Review: Ami’s Got A New Gig In ‘Home Sick Pilots’ #2

by Brendan M. Allen

‘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.’

The first half of Home Sick Pilots #2 is all about the band’s origin story. 1993. The Nuclear Bastards are apparently already a thing, according to the graffiti in the background of one of the opening shots. Ami’s the new kid at school, and she bonds with a couple other kids over whether the Ramones suck. They happen to be looking for a guitarist, and she happens to play guitar. This is all very convenient for them all, so they start a band, fewer than 24 hours after they all met.

Flash forward to storyline present, one year later. The two guys have just watched an old abandoned house literally eat the Nuclear Bastards, and Ami is off on a mission to find and reclaim the house’s ghosts.

 

The first chapter showed a hell of a lot of promise. This installment isn’t quite as strong. That whole first sequence was pretty unnecessary. We already had a decent idea where these kids were coming from, just from watching them run from the cops after the outlaw show was busted up at the bowling alley. 

Dan Watters’ dialogue seems a little formulaic and forced in this one, and we’re leaning back into those cookie cutter stereotypes of punk kids. 

Linework by Caspar Wijngaard is still solid, but that palette is so distracting. All those pinks and purples kind of kill it for me. It’s a little too Jem and the Holograms for a hardcore punk horror book. 

I’m not as jazzed about Home Sick Pilots #2 as I was about #1. It’s still a pretty decent little book, it just doesn’t have the teeth that last month’s did. Hopefully things tighten back up for next month. 

Home Sick Pilots #2, Image Comics, 13 January 2021. Written by Dan Watters, art by Caspar Wijngaard, letters by Aditya Bidikar.

Summary

The second chapter of Home Sick Pilots doesn’t quite live up to last month’s installment. It is a pretty book, but I’m not sure I’m looking for ‘pretty’ in a hardcore punk horror book.

Overall
6.5/10
6.5/10

Brendan M. Allen

Brendan Allen has probably had more jobs than you would reasonably believe. Dog trainer? He’s done it. Flooring contractor? You bet! EMT? Army NBC specialist? Road dog for a Celtic rock band? Yes, yes, and och aye! Now he reads comics and writes about them. It's a rough gig. You can follow Brendan on Twitter @SaintAmish where he tweets about comic books and cystic fibrosis awareness.

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