Writer: Julio Anta Artist: Anna Wieszczyk Color Artist: Bryan Valenza Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou Cover Artist: Lisa Sterle Publisher: Image Comics
Superhero notebooks have long indicated the social and political challenges of their occasions. The X-Men were initially inspired by the Civil Rights movement. Superman has fought for matters from confinement reform to helping the environment. In the first issue of Home, columnist Julio Anta and craftsman Anna Wieszczyk continue this important tradition. A brand-new protagonist rises against the distressed backdrop of United States’ immigration issues: the unassuming Juan Gomez, a Guatemalan child.
In Home# 1, we get a taste of how harsh migration policy impact refugees, through the eyes of Gomez, who is seeking asylum with his mother, Mercedes. Strong pacing from Anta, observant yet stylized skill from Wieszczyk, and colourful textured complexions from Bryan Valenza immerse us in a painfully real world of train gondolas, border crossings, and detention centers.
We don’t know much about our main people hitherto, but it’s hard-bitten not to identify with their embarrassment as they are swept up in circumstances beyond their self-restraint. Their back story alludes to past damage and could easily be the subject of a future issue.
We likewise watch the marginalization of individuals at the border who are mostly non-English speakers. Much of their dialogue is actually happening in Spanish( is a demonstration of electrical orange lettering from Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou ), and while a translator is provided for our main personas, he doesn’t seem to be telling them the whole story.
The urgency of the pigment, which expresses oaths primarily smothered or neglected, reinforces the feeling of frustration against a dehumanizing plan. Sometimes the dialogue seems a little on the nose, but I appreciate that the team was probably trying to cover a lot of sand in this first issue.
It’s a testament to the book’s skillful story building and emotive art that I concluded myself more and more angry as I turned the sheets. And while others are of the antagonists so far seem very cruel, other enforcers seem principally caught within the cruel paraphernaliums of information systems, a touch I appreciated. Anta has a history of socially aware storytelling, and I’m interested to see more of his work.
I did not read anything about Home before I read this issue. Because of this, I didn’t foresee the “twist”. I actually cheered.
Home’s fantasy angle too cures rescue it from a heavy darkness, allowing us to keep looking at the subject head-on, processing it safely, while knowing that the reality may be far bleaker for some households. In this case, the true hope is us, the readers. If enough of us help, conversion is possible.
So far, Home appears to be an entertaining story for gatherings both young and old. And with any luck, the legend will also inspire readers to gain a better understanding of current affairs.
As with most first issues, there are many questions left unanswered. I, for one, want to see what happens to Juan and Mercedes, and how Juan’s influences will unfold.
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