Written by: Dan Watters, Art by: Casper Wijngaard, Letters by: Aditya Bidikar.
Buzz and Rip run through the house to see Ami, as the house starts to take a fighting stance against the Nuclear Bastard. As the final showdown begins, Ami needs all the help from each of the ghosts that they have been able to bring back. She tells the boys how she pilots the house with help from each one of the ghosts doing their own job. They know that it’s just not enough, the Nuclear Bastard is powered by so many more ghosts, that the old James house needs more. SO Ami has to ask Buzz and Rip to go on another journey for her, to find the one remaining ghost who could hopefully turn the tide in the battle against Meg and the Nuclear Bastard.
It’s been three months since we last got an issue of this visually stunning book. The ending of the last arc was about as big a cliffhanger as they have done so far. With the big fight about to start, they closed out the book before the first punch was thrown. Now we get straight into it. No set-up, we pick up as we left off. Buzz and Rip are running around the old James house as punches are thrown by these two huge monsters. We also get to find out a little more about how each ghost powers the house to be able to fight. Which leads to one of the most emotional speeches from Ami, about how the Nuclear Bastard is powered by all the grief of everyone from the Nevada testing sites: “of all of those who have looked from their window to see a mushroom cloud plume on the horizon”. The emotion held within the words is as devastating on the readers as the punches coming from the monstrous machine.
Again, writer Dan Watters has formed a great story with emotion and heart, around some fantastic action scenes. He’s proving himself to be a master of his craft and so far his books have been absolutely exquisite. The only drawback I would say is that this issue ends with something rather unexpected, and to be honest, I wouldn’t have expected that kind of direction with a book that’s been so well crafted.
When it comes to Casper Wijngaard’s art, I feel like there’s not much more that I could say, that I haven’t already said. For anyone who’s been following my reviews, I’m a big fan of landscape panels. There’s something very tranquil about them. In previous issues, Wijngaard has indulged me by providing some beautiful pieces. This issue however, just seems to up the ante by portraying some of the best fight scenes I’ve seen in a long time. Not only do they seem as well choreographed as a Hollywood film, but they are more colourful than you would expect them to be. It’s so grand in its layout, that it looks like it could be concept art for a Pacific Rim film. Exceptional writing and truly impeccable artwork make this issue without a doubt the best of the series by far.
Overall, I am blown away by how good this series has become. I also cannot say which has been better, the art or the script, as both have had weak points but are mostly strong throughout. Not to mention that I absolutely love this cover art. Which looks like a Power Rangers mix of all the ghosts.
Home Sick Pilots issue 11 will be released by Image Comics on 19th Jan from your Local Comic Shop as well as comixology
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.