Home Sick Pilots #1

Writer: Dan Watters Artist: Caspar Wijngaard Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: December 9, 2020 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 21 User Reviews: 20
8.7Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

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The team behind LIMBO, DAN WATTERS (Lucifer, COFFIN BOUND) and CASPAR WIJNGAARD (Star Wars, Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt), launch a brand-new ONGOING SERIES.

In the summer of 1994, a haunted house walks across California. Inside is Ami, lead singer of a high school punk band-who's been missing for weeks. How did she get there, and what do these ghosts want? Expect three-chord songs and big bloody action that's Power Rangers meets The Shining (yes, really).

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - Nick Devonald Dec 2, 2020

    A really exciting debut issue, readers owe it to themselves to pick this up and try it. A unique story which wouldn’t work in any other medium half as effectively as it does in comics, if the debut issue is anything to go by this is an ongoing you owe it to yourself to pick up. Watters and Wijngaard make a great creative team, the concept is fantastic, the writing is extraordinary, and the art is phenomenal. Read Full Review

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - CJ Nov 19, 2020

    Home Sick Pilots#1 is equal parts horrifying and heartfelt, setting up an insanely innovative haunted house story. If you are a self-proclaimed 90's kid, a horror nut, or an anime fan I highly recommend checking out this comic. Read Full Review

  • 10
    COMICON - Olly MacNamee Nov 16, 2020

    A new kind of haunted house horror from Dan Watters and Caspar Wijngaard that oozes style and strong storytelling. A 90s' neon-horror that's first issue is a strong opener for this ongoing Image Comics' series. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Dec 18, 2020

    Home Sick Pilots is one of the most gorgeous comics I've seen this year. The artwork is incredible and the story will hook you from the jump. It's a pitch-perfect supernatural mystery and I'm in completely. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - AJ O. Mason Nov 20, 2020

    With a story that takes very thrilling, unique turns, and a beautiful artwork which is a joy to look at, Home Sick Pilot #1 begins to show signs of an extraordinary series every comic reader should watch out for. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Nov 16, 2020

    Home Sick Pilots is a wildly inventive twist on the haunted house concept, wrapped in a blanket of strong characters, great art, and a measured sense of timing. It also harnesses a mystery in its concept that'll have you coming back for more. In many respects, Home Sick Pilots will have you walking on a razor's edge of electrifying, scary, inspiring, and gripping emotions. It's a dangerous new entry from all its creators. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comic Watch - Nicholas Osborn Dec 10, 2020

    Home Sick Pilots #1 is an incredible example of a horrifyingly intriguing first issue capable of establishing a strong premise, complex characters and a mystery that keeps you eagerly turning each page even if you are afraid of what lies ahead. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Dec 9, 2020

    Caspar Wijngaard delivers some beautiful imagery throughout this issue. There are some great visual moments and the house is sufficiently ominous and scary. A great looking first issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - Ingrid Lind-Jahn Jan 1, 1970

    Will the house "that kills people" live up to its reputation? Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bookcase - T.W. Worn Dec 9, 2020

    Home Sick Pilots #1 is the perfect blend of punk and horror. It sticks true to the voice of both areas of subject matter, and I am excited to see where it takes us. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    COMICON - Brendan M. Allen Dec 15, 2020

    In the summer of 1994, a haunted house walks across California. Inside is Ami, lead singer of a high school punk band"who's been missing for weeks. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Doom Rocket - Kate Kowalski Dec 9, 2020

    I certainly feel the 90s nostalgia in this comic and the inherent teen yearning for something else, bigger, better, scarier, whatever. It's been a rough time. Many of us have been haunting our own homes, looping through the same motions like ghosts, grasping for shreds of interest to differentiate our days. If you're looking, Home Sick Pilots is a jolt, a momentary buzz amidst the monotony. The imagery is strange, the conceit even stranger. It's got some odd nooks and crannies, but the structure's sound and the weirdness really works. And I have a feeling it's only going to get even weirder. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Mikkel Snyder Dec 9, 2020

    The protagonist Ami is a very strong lead, and given how the creative team has positioned the story, I am very excited to read future issues which is the goal of every pilot. There is a strong visual aesthetic matched by enthralling writing that leverages horror convention and trope to great effect and I'm excited to see where the story goes in the future. This is definitely one to be paying attention to and potentially a sleeper hit to cap off 2020. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - Kenneth Laster Dec 10, 2020

    "Home Sick Pilots" #1 has horror and style coming out the wazoo. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    GWW - B Ferg Dec 8, 2020

    Home Sick Pilots # 1 has laid the groundwork for a very unique scary story. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Word Of The Nerd - Brent Jackson Dec 8, 2020

    It is hard to pin down what exactly Home Sick Pilots #1 is, or wants to be. As solid as the first issue is, it still hasn't completely sold me yet. But I am interested to see where the creative team wants to take this story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Dec 9, 2020

    Home Sick Pilots #1 is a solid debut setting things up before pulling the rug out from under the reader. It takes us into a haunted house and delivers bodies without taking things over the top and making it about the gore. It focuses on the mystery of it all and like its victims, catches the reader off-guard. In what was expected to span out over a few issues, the body count is quick and swift hooking the reader and getting their attention. For those into horror and mystery, this is a debut to check out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Spartantown - Enrique Rea Dec 17, 2020

    'Home Sick Pilots' is the 90's teen horror movie we never got but deserve here in 2020. One of the bright spots in a mostly dreary year. Watters and Wijngaard have created a fun and scary haunted house tale that simply rocks.  Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Matthew Sibley Dec 4, 2020

    The structure of Home Sick Pilots #1 might not be the ideal way to sell its premise, but the design and energy go a long way in selling you on the tone and milieu to make up for that. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicBook.com - Connor Casey Dec 9, 2020

    If you're a horror fan and either grew up in or are a person with a penchant for mid-90s rock there are fun bits to discover here. Otherwise, it's pretty hard to recommend. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Bleeding Cool - Theo Dwyer Dec 26, 2020

    Home Sick Pilots #1 is one of the most unique-looking books on shelves, & Wijngaard's art is top-notch. The story, however, falters. Read Full Review

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