Posted on August 12, 2012 AT 05:40am
Aspen Comics is celebrating the release of a brand new title in their already expansive catalog, with the action/sci-fi title Homecoming. Taking a more tongue-in-cheek view on aliens, high school, social interaction and more, the book, written by David Wohl with art by Emilio Laiso, Brett Smith and Stefani Rennee (and letters by Josh Reed), follows a group of high school students, lead by Hunter Wilson, the typical high school student.
While the introduction of the book talks mainly about aliens, abductions and conspiracy theory, Hunter is the main focus of the book, with aliens being the catalyst to the events at hand. Hunter has quite an interesting night when out of nowhere, something landed in his backyard. A reference in the an “article” before the main plot starts explains this occurrence to be the reappearance of Celeste Lee, an eight year old girl who was thought to be abducted, along with her mother, several years ago. Celeste isn’t eight anymore, but she’s back, and after some time away, she’s much different. She remembers barely anything about her life the past few years, only that her home (now Hunter and his family’s home) is there, and that she’s been sent back for a certain reason that is not quite clear to her. This leads to a series of strange events that leaves Hunter and his friends Paul, Jaye Anne and Cole looking at life a whole lot differently.
Writer David Wohl has a lot of great moments in this book, most notably the sense of humor that he takes with the title. The jokes and tie-ins sometimes take a read or two to understand, but references to memes such as “Leroy Jenkins” and using a member of the Aspen Comics staff as a potential kidnapper in the first page of the book is definitely entertaining. Hunter and his group are a typical group of kids, cracking jokes and being completely awkward around each other and everyone else. While the subject matter is a little silly even for a book focusing on aliens, for an opening issue this is an interesting start.
The art team of Laiso, Smith, Rennee and Reed created a visual style that fits right in with the usual Aspen Comics style (something that has become more and more noticeable as of late, as each studio has their own particular style that shows in many of their titles). Crisp, clean lines and colors, that, while not incredibly detailed, present a visually pleasing, if not a bit cartoon-like, aesthetic. The control of facial expressions and body language is readily apparent, however, which is a major plus for any comic that is going to focus a lot on interaction.
While so far there isn’t a lot to the title, there looks to be much more on the way, with a cliffhanger first issue and the foreshadowing of a lot more alien interaction up ahead for Celeste, Hunter and the rest of the crew. The artwork is very solid, the writing is funny and entertaining, and the book as a whole has a lot of potential. This may not be the issue to pull readers in and make them believers in the series, sticking with it for a few issues could prove to be a very wise choice.
The Good: Solid Artwork, Funny Writing
The Bad: Nothing To Pull Readers In, Mediocre Story
The Ugly: Teen Angst (No One Wants To Relive That)
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