Review: Home #3
[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]
Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Julio Anta
Artist: Anna Wieszczyk
Color Artist: Bryan Valenza
Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
Review by: Kendra Hale
When last we left the tale of Juan and his Mother Mercedes, things had started to look up for this poor family. Juan had not only gotten a hold of his Aunt Gladys, but they were reunited. What should have been a happy reunion has a mass of dark clouds over it, as we learn that Mercedes has been deported back to Guatemala.
Empty Chairs At Empty Tables
This leads us directly into Home #3 as the ramifications of these events unfold in a heartbreaking way. The first few pages show Mercedes’ journey home and her utter despair, not at being back in Guatemala, but being separated from her son. It especially hits the hardest once she enters their home, filled with silence and emptiness. But Mercedes is strong, and knowing that Gladys was able to help her husband in controlling and learning his powers, her hopes are the same for Juan.
Mercedes makes the hard choice to have Juan stay there with Gladys and utilize his time with her, even if it breaks her heart. After a phone call that eases both their hearts, Gladys starts training Juan. But they aren’t safe, as someone has their eyes on Juan…and it seems Gladys has many secrets of her own!
Like other issues in this series, Home #3 clutches at the heart. But it doesn’t stay in that sorrow as we see progression of the story and learn more about this family while Juan is learning his powers in an accepting and supportive way. There are familiar threads to the tale, but Julio Anta has given a bit of himself to the tale, which we see in every twist of the path.
The art team of Anna Wieszczyk, Bryan Valenza, and Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou bring these words to life and with emotion in a stunning and richly colorful way. I loved seeing the powers in action. Though the first few pages were so haunting, they may stay with me for a while.
I feel like I never have anything that sparks as a negative in this series. The pacing is good, the art catches the eye, and honestly I look forward to seeing the questions answered and the deeper parts of this tale unravel.
This series is so unique and you can feel the love that the creators have imbued within this creation. Home #3 is one part of the tale you don’t want to miss out on!
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