Home Sick Pilots #10 ADVANCE REVIEW: The big battle closes in, Ami has to make a difficult choice

Written by: Dan Watters, Art by: Casper Wijngaard, Letters by: Aditya Bidikar.

Meg knows where Ami and Buzz are, so she’s taken the Nuclear Bastard with her new ghost friends—who can power it up even more—to find them. Meanwhile Rip and Trish are in a tank heading straight to Seattle, to try and find Ami before Meg dies. All while Ami and Buzz discuss the idea: would it be better to live on the run or to make a stand with the James house? Now with the Nuclear Bastard closing in on them, Ami has to make a choice, and she knows that things are going to change forever no matter which one she makes.

We have made it to the conclusion of the second arc, and I have a mix of emotions. The writing by Dan Watters is both great and in some parts, but a bit preachy about the evils of the past when it comes to nuclear bombs. I wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt, as the book includes a machine that’s powered by the emotions of ghosts, so by detailing horrible deaths he’s saying that the Nuclear Bastard is very powerful and in the wrong person's hands. Although we do get a lot more moralising about the environment too towards the end—I don’t fully disagree with the sentiments—but for me when you’re building up to a fight that has been coming for almost the entire series, I think it was the wrong time.

We do however get some great scenes where it shows the strength of writing, especially with the actions of the main characters: such as Ami talking about how no self-respecting teenager would wear earplugs to a gig. This really took me back to when I used to go out, I would complain about my ears the next day, but I always thought it was worth it. We also get a great moment when Rip finally gets to meet up with Ami and Buzz after being away for so long. Ami slaps him and calls him a name before hugging. This sums up teenage sentiment, everything is so dramatic, and it just goes to show how authentic the writing is.

In regards to the art by Casper Wijngaard, I have been blown away by how good it is. We have had some great panels over the last few issues. This book is no different; I loved the above panel. We are leading up to the battle, and this shot of the Nuclear Bastard hanging off a building just reminded me of King Kong...which made me even more excited for the big fight. The atmosphere in just this one panel gives the gravitas to the situation and I loved it.

Speaking of gravitas, shortly after that we got to see this too: the James house emerging from under the pier. Again we witness the scope of what we are about to see. Two giants ready to fight, and this could spell trouble for the people in Seattle.

In a stroke of genius which is also frustrating, the issue ends before the fight, which just make me even more excited for the next arc. As this story takes place in the 1990s, I still think we could have more references to classic '90s music, but that is a small problem to have when the book is constructed this well. I would recommend this to anyone who likes the big mister fight genre, as I think they would get a kick out of it.

Home Sick Pilots #10 will be released from Image Comics on 13th October from your Local Comic Shop and from Amazon


Andrew Carr was blessed to grow up watching the animated series of Batman, X-Men, and his favorite, Spider-Man.This started his dive into the comics world, which resulted in meeting his amazing cosplaying wife Imogen. They live in England with their Sinister Six dogs.

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