GLX takes an advance look at No Place Like Home #1.
Credits & Solicit Info:
Writer/Creator/Letterer - Angelo Tirotto
Artist - Richard Jordan
Colorist - Paul Little
Dee's life is in turmoil when her parents are killed in a freak tornado. Returning to Kansas for the funeral after five years in LA, Dee discovers Emeraldsville is the same unexciting place it was when she left - until the bizarre unexplained murders begin.
With an unknown killer closing in, the events of one night in 1959 begin to unravel as a portal to a world of horror opens, a portal paved with yellow bricks...
In 1900, L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was published. Since then, Baum and numerous others have created sequels, adaptations and original works that feature some of the classic's characters and settings. Over 100 years later, Angelo Tirotto and Image Comics release No Place Like Home #1; an new take on the Oz mythos. While there are some things to like about No Place Like Home, it is far from perfect.
The characters in No Place Like Home act more as forces than fleshed-out characters. They play their roles without going out of their way to ruin or enliven the comic. Tirotto places much of his attention on crafting a solid plot and he somewhat succeeds at it. There is nothing about the plot that makes it fantastic, but he has set up some plot threads that could make future installments of the series great. Unfortunately, the writing fails to drum up enough interest for further investment in the world and its inhabitants.
Richard Jordan and Paul Little are mostly successful at providing some quality art. The first few pages leave something to be desired, but later pages show improvement. Jordan's art is in a similar to that of Darick Robertson's work. There is a grittiness to it, but not enough to overwhelm the reader. Little does some interesting things with shades of green. He uses it to give the world of Oz a presence in the character's lives, but in an unnatural and creepy manner.
While Tirotto and company's comic features some original uses of the Oz mythology, it fails to warrant further interest. That being said, there is potential for the series to improve over time. It is quite obvious that Tirotto has big plans for No Place Like Home. Fans of the Grimm's Fairy Tales franchise should give this a look as it offers another dark take on a familiar, literary work.
5.5* out of 10*
Review by: GLX