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Homecoming #2 [Aspen Comics] Review

Posted on October 1, 2012 AT 08:33pm

One of the last ideas from the late, great Michael Turner has come to fruition with the release of the brand new series Homecoming, from the company Turner founded, Aspen Comics. With the second issue now released, things are beginning to take shape in a way that Mister Turner would have surely loved, with strange happenings at a high school and the five kids who will never be the same.

As the last issue concluded, things got to an early start. The action was quick, frenetic and had very lasting consequences, many of which are now beginning to take shape in this issue. Many of the group have found that they are now much different than they were the previous day, with Jay Anne, friend and love interest of the protagonist, Hunter, taking on most of the focus in this respect. While the pace has slowed significantly this issue, mostly focusing on the repercussions of the action at the end of the first issue, plot points are beginning to slowly unravel, taking shape into firm events that will form the rest of the series.

There’s not a whole lot wrong with this series thus far, it’s just not one that’s been particularly gripping, especially given the slowed pace of the second issue. The concept is a fresh(er) take on the concept of aliens, with some fun introductory information given in the form of online articles prior to the beginning of the issue, but so far, it’s not a story that’s gotten the readers attention and refused to let go. As of this issue, Homecoming has done something more similar to yelling someone’s name, then standing silent for a few minutes after getting their attention until the subject finally looks away. The pace of the story should hopefully pick up in later issues as things finally come to a head, but as of now the story isn’t as interesting as it could be, though that may just be the way its presented.

The entire creative team of writer David Wohl, artists Emilio Laiso and Brett Smith, and letterer Josh Reed have done a fine job creating a uniquely Aspen product with fun, creative idea built into it. The characters while not fleshed out all that much as of yet, look to have the potential of being varied and interesting, albeit following some typical character archetypes.

Artistically, there is no doubt this is an Aspen comic, and that is not meant in any negative way. The artwork is characteristic of what they enjoy doing, with vibrant colors and well-drawn human forms, heavily outlined and full of distinct shadowing. While not the most detailed of series, the emphasis is on the people and what they do, not of home many folds their clothing has, and that is to be respected, if not completely loved.

Summary: After a decently strong start, Homecoming has slowed the pace down a bit, getting into some expository information and calling it an issue. While not the most gripping of plans, it will likely result in a nice payoff later down the line. Here’s to hoping its soon, before the reward cannot outweigh the idea of giving the series up in favor of something more entertaining. Even so, the artwork is stellar, and the idea is very intriguing, which will hopefully start evolving sooner than later.

The Good: Vibrant Artwork, Interesting Concept

The Bad: Slow, Vague Pacing And Storytelling

The Ugly: Tentacles. That is all.

Score: 7

Russ Pirozek, known as "Noobcrawler" to some, is a gamer and comic book fan who sometimes gets around to writing for He's also awesome. If someone looked up "awesome" in the dictionary, his picture wouldn't be there, but that's because he's too busy being awesome to pose for a photo.

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