Image Comics Sets Immigrant Superhero Drama 'Home'
Image Comics’ upcoming miniseries Home is likely to be one of the more attention-grabbing comics of the year. It is a superhero story unlike any other, re-examining genre tropes while placing events in the midst of real-world concerns and controversy.
Created by Julio Anta and Polish artist Anna Wieszczyk, the five-part series is a genre-defying tale in which a young boy is separated from his mother at the U.S. border, changing him for good in more ways than even he can understand — because, beyond the trauma and tragedy of losing a parent, it’s the catalyst for him to develop superhuman abilities.
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"As the son and grandson of Cuban and Colombian immigrants, and now a parent myself, the news of the government's family separation policy both broke my heart, and filled me with anger,” writer Anta told The Hollywood Reporter. “Home is an attempt to channel those complicated feelings about what it means to be an American into a story about empowered Latinx characters dealing with the cruelty of our modern immigration laws."
"It was a pleasure working on the book with Julio," said Wieszczyk. "He has a very defined artistic vision for the story, and it was an enjoyable experience to be part of this journey."
"I rarely get the opportunity to color cartoon-inspired art like Anna's [Wieszczyk]. It’s been a joy to use colors to balance her stylized work with the serious subject matter of Julio’s [Anta] story,” added colorist Bryan Valenza. “Working on Home has been a challenging experience that I’m so happy to be involved in."
The series debuts digitally and in comic book stores April 14.
by Eriq Gardner