Review – Home Sick Pilots #4 (Image Comics)

  • Writing - 7.5/10
  • Art - 8.5/10
  • Overall - 8/10

Home Sick Pilots #4

Writer: Dan Watters
Artist: Caspar Wijngaard
Letterer: Aditya Bidikar
Designer: Tom Muller
Maturity Rating: Mature
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: March 10, 2021

Buzz gets possessed and turned into a monster to protect Ami. So, two members of the Home Sick Pilots are now objects of the Old James House doing its bidding, while one is still drugged out of his mind.

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Something Strange in the Neighborhood: Home Sick Pilots #4

Well, this series has taken a wild turn in Home Sick Pilots #4. When we last left off Ami was out in her “spectral/possessed” form getting ghost/haunted objects back to the Old James House. Well, this mission led her to a video store (remember those?). She found herself in the fight for her life (or afterlife) as a possessed VHS tape took form and attacked her (great design, by the way, for the creature). Ami was in deep trouble and the Old James House needed to save her. Luckily her bandmate and friend, Buzz, was back in the house searching for her. Possessing him with the lucky horseshoe we saw in issue #1 and #2, it sent Buzz off to save her!

Home Sick Pilots #4 (Image Comics) cover B by Jamie McKelvie
Home Sick Pilots #4 (Image Comics) cover B by Jamie McKelvie

Home Sick Pilots #4 finds two members of the Home Sick Pilots possessed by a haunted house. They’ve been granted some wild supernatural powers and are fighting ghosts. You know, normal things a high school punk band does. Maybe their drummer, Rip, will come to help if he can come down from his high.


Dan Watters is wildin’ out in Home Sick Pilots #4. If you had told me after the first issue that the 4th issue was going to be like this, I would not have believed you. This issue is a mix of Ghostbusters and Power Rangers, I guess that is the best way I can describe it. And you know I am all here for it. Watters goes all-out action in this issue. Things get crazy and the mystery deepens in Home Sick Pilots #4.

I enjoyed this issue immensely, but man, I need a little more explanation or a little more help with what is going on. Watters keeps throwing things at us, but I just need just a tiny bit more information to get me fully engulfed in the issue/series. The tone and theme seem to change with each issue, as well. Which, on one hand, I like, but I wish it were a little more consistent

That all being said I did enjoy this issue. I mean if we are going Scooby-Doo, Ghostbusters, Power Rangers, ghost-fighting punk band theme, then I am 100% on board. Just give me a little more story info to hold onto and everything will be just peachy.


The artists have not changed so, obviously, I am still digging the artwork in Home Sick Pilots #4. We do get to see a lot more action sequences by Caspar Wijngaard. We haven’t seen too much of that from Wijngaard, and it is excellent. Wonderful sense of motion and movement throughout the panels and pages. From a structural and layout design, the issue is just a blast to read.

I continue to love the overall design and feel of this series. Wijngaard is killing it on colors. That running pink theme of the series is fantastic. It reminds me a lot of the film Drive and I can almost hear the soundtrack in my head while reading the pages. Wijngaard also plays with some red colorations in the issue and it is a delightful contrast.

The art pulls together this odd tone of the series tremendously well. It is a little scary, a little melodramatic and now we got some superhero/super sentai themes thrown in. Let me tell ya, it is wild, but a ton of fun.


I just don’t know what to really think about Home Sick Pilots #4 or the series. Look, I am very much enjoying myself with each and every issue. It mixes and matches seriousness with fun. It is weird and interesting. I just wish I had a little more of the story to hold onto. We get some interesting developments in this issue, but it also opens up a whole new set of questions, while others have yet to be answered.

So, all this puts me in a weird spot. I mean I love this series and I am definitely going to keep reading it. If this turns into some punk rock band with supernatural powers fighting ghosts book, then it might become my favorite thing ever. Just give me a tiny bit more information on what exactly is going on and this series becomes golden.

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