Written by: Dan Watters, Art by: Casper Wijngaard, Letters by: Aditya Bidikar.
Ami and Buzz have been spotted by Meg. All that laying low now means nothing. As Meg starts to consider which ghosts are going to help her power the nuclear bastard, the others start to discuss the plans moving forward. They all agree that if Meg goes in “guns blazing” then people are going to be made aware that ghosts are real and they can do some damage. Rip tries to talk her out of this but will Meg listen to reason, or does she have plans of her own?
So this is the penultimate issue of the second arc, and it’s set up an incredible final issue. Writer Dan Watters and the creative team have really done something great with this second arc, starting off with Meg as the “protagonist” of this arc really set her up as a flawed yet endearing character. Her steady decline as she gives into the power, culminates in a great final panel that I don’t want to ruin for anyone, as it sets up a fantastic final arc issue, and also just looks beautiful.
Something else great about the writing was that through the first arc we saw the despair on Ami as she tried to do everything to help not just her friends but the house. To which she felt betrayed by the end causing her to distance herself. Whereas with Meg it’s the opposite. She's starting to feel the pain and despair of the ghosts, but she can’t let go of the power that they give to her. She has so much resentment towards Ami about her band mates dying, that she can only for a second briefly see that it wasn’t Ami’s fault. It’s like we will be getting the heroic redemption of Meg in the finale, or she will succumb to the power so much that she is going to have to be dealt with permanently.
As for the artwork by Casper Wijngaard: still stunning. I love his uses of colour as it really does contrast the dark story really well. With the fluorescent colours that are used, it still gives me psychedelic feelings when I read it. Without a doubt the brightest book being published currently. It looks great and I love how consistent it has been.
Another thing that I really enjoyed about the artwork was the panel above. When Meg starts to breakdown and submit to the power, we have this fantastic panel that feels like it’s coming out of the page. It’s happened a couple of times when we get a coloured border or something going a little over, but this was coming out at us and it gives even more depth to the artwork. Plus on a personal note, I loved it cause it reminded me so much of a favourite character of mine, Carnage.
Overall, I still have a couple issues with the series. This is a music heavy book based in the '90s. There could be more made of both. With either songs in the background or more references to '90s pop culture. This I feel is a lost possibility, to have some of the older generation really resonate with the people and the scenes. Saying that, however this is still such a fun book that I would recommend it to anyone who loves a horror/action mix.
Home Sick Pilots issue 9 will be released from Image Comics on 15th September 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.