Writer: Julio Anta
Artist: Anna Wieszczyk
Colourist: Bryan Valenza
Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
On Sale: 14th April 2021
HOME is a 5 issue mini-series about a young boy who is separated from his mother at the US/Mexico border just as super human abilities begin to emerge.
PLOT AND STORY
This is a very heartfelt and emotional opening issue drawing on real life narrative and the consequences of decisions made by the President of the United States of America. What I admire the most about the way Julio Anta writes this story is the lack of bias. Anta is able to Express a very difficult story with tough subject matter from both sides of the border in a way that shows the audience what is happening without directly pointing blame at one side or the other.
I have seen a lot in the news over the years about the journeys immigrants take to try and get somewhere new for a fresh start and although I have never experienced it, this story feels authentic. I found myself engrossed in Mercedes and Juan Gomez journey and really cared when things started to go wrong for them. While concerned about their welfare and what would be coming next for them I was left gobsmacked when the emergence of superpowers made an appearance and shifted the story in a completely new direction.
I found with this book that as much as the story is grounded in reality it’s the artwork which really embraces the realism. Anna Wieszczyk draws realistic, scale characters and settings and is complemented beautifully by the earthy colour tones by Bryan Valenza.
This issue is driven by an emotional journey so the artwork depicts that well but doesn’t have much chance to sparkle. That being said there are a couple of pages which stood out for me. The first being when young Juan is put in solitary confinement and you feel how lonely and scared he is with the pitch black surrounding. The second being towards the end of the book when the story takes its superpowers twist and there are a few panels which display this elegantly whilst also still retaining its realistic edge.
On lettering duty is Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou who does a great job with this issue providing some unique letters. I’m not sure if this is a digital font or if the letters are hand written because they have a very rustic style to them which works really well with the overall style of the book. Plus there is a nice touch with the colouring of text in red when spanish is being spoken and black when its english.
There was part of me going into this series worried it was going to be a political, anti establishment story and I couldn’t have been more wrong. This is a real life story, depicting what has been reported as real life events and then sprinkled with some superpowers and I loved every single page.
I read this via an advance preview copy issued by Image Comics and received no incentive to review this comic. All images and artwork are owned by and courtesy of Image Comics and their respective owners.