Cassie’s Image Comics Review: NO PLACE LIKE HOME #3

After digging up the corpses of her parents, Dee and her friend Lizzie are forced to sift through the ramblings of a mad man to find out some partial truths about the town of Emeraldsville, Kansas. The villain is finally revealed in all its winged glory outside of the cover art, Lizzie discovers her parentage, and we get more questions than answers in this suspenseful new issue.

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No Place Like Home #3 starts with the wrap up to Helen and Amy’s story from issue two. When we last left them, Amy was screaming from inside the family barn and her mother, Helen and her grandfather went in to rescue her from the creature inside. Sheriff Frank sees the ramifications of this failed rescue mission, finding some bodies and evidence that it was an ape attack. Feathers plus apes, pretty much every reader by now has figured out that a flying monkey/henchman is to blame. Whether the Wicked Witch of the West is real or not is another story.

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Angelo Tirotto and Richard Jordan finally give us a full look at the villain, as we are past the curious, "monster delay" section of this horror trope. Instead we get to see it in all its glory, and with that mystery solved, turn to wonder what the green things it’s burying are. I have a hunch they might be eggs, but I suppose I’ll have to wait for the next issue on the confirmation of this. My hypothesis aside, it definitely has devious intentions, Thomas himself telling Dee and Liz the monkey is a demonic force that travels via tornados and brings with it the smell of sulphur. The demonic hints are definitely there (Hell smells like sulphur); particularly when you see what he did to the priest he attacked in the last issue. Demonic tendencies indeed.

Tirotto gives us a lot of character development, from the realization by Liz after finding Thomas carrying a photo of her mother holding her as a baby, and Dee rising to the occasion and finally believing that something supernatural is at play in town. The Sheriff also grows, conceding that he was wrong about Thomas and finally giving into the truth that the events of 1959 are once again occurring. Props also go to Dee for proving herself to be the tough chick we knew her to be, and giving us the best use of a skateboard in a combat situation.

Sadly, there are no allusions to The Wizard of Oz film or novels in this issue (sans flying monkey creatures), as it was more focused on revealing some truths and ramping up the action. Regardless of this lack of references, it’s nice to finally be learning the answers to some of the mysteries in this series, with Tirotto giving us even more to consider. So much suspense, so little time. The curiosity is palpable in this issue.

Story: Angelo Tirotto
Art: Richard Jordan
Cover: Richard Jordan
32 Pages/FC
$2.99
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4 Stars