The GeeksverseNo Place Like Home #1

No Place Like Home #1
Published on Friday, February 24, 2012 by

Dee Hamilton returns home after the death of her parents. Is it a good homecoming?

Published by: Image Comics
Written by: Angelo Tirotto
Art by: Richard Jordan
Colored by: Paul Little
Lettered by: Angelo Tirotto
Cover Art: A- Richard Jordan; B- Ian Churchill

There’s supposedly some Wizard of Oz-ness to this story, but it has yet to show itself. But that’s fine because Tirotto has created a nice little story on it’s own. The opening shows us that something dark and evil is in Emeraldsville but from there things slow down. Tirotto does a great job laying out the clues slowly, building off eachother. Almost right away we know there’s more going on then it seems, but it’s a slow build. Even the ending, which appears one way, is part of the slow build as we know there has to be more to it then what we see.

The slow build works very good. It starts with bits of conversations, each adding a layer to the story. And it looks like it’ll be an interesting story. But unlike alot of slow builds where there are alot of mysterious happenings and connections but not much is revealed, Tirotto fills in some of the pieces. We know that there’s more to Thomas then he appears and we can assume that things went bad when his brother William was killed.

The script is good, with characters feeling natural and real. The reactions come across real, they sound real. And feels like someone coming home after years away. The characters are interesting, having a small town feel. Dee comes across as less developed than Lizzie, which could be a problem considering Dee is the star. It might be just because Lizzie stands out more.

I’m looking forward to seeing where the story goes.

The art by Jordan is decent. The style reminds me of someone and I just can’t place it. He’s got a decent grasp of the technical aspects and does a good job making nondescript characters different from eachother. There’s alot of older women in this story and he does a decent job making them unique enough. There’s a couple of panels where he makes some rookie mistakes. In a couple of panels, Lizzie’s neckerchief disappears from one panel to the other.

But the complaints are minor compared to the overall work, which is decent.

No Place Like Home #1 receives
4 out of 5

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