No Place Like Home (Published by Image Comics; Reviewed by Erika D. Peterman; ’Rama Rating: 8 out of 10): In the wide-open spaces of Emeraldville, Kansas, something wicked this way comes. No Place Like Home is a chilling story that draws you in from the opening scene of an elderly couple taking refuge from a tornado. You can’t look away from the impending doom, but even when it descends, things don’t go the way you’d expect. No Place Like Home #1 — yes, the title is a reference to the Wizard of Oz — plays out like a good mystery movie, one that writer Angelo Tirotto has filled with memorable characters. Aspiring writer Dee Hamilton has returned to Emeraldville from Los Angeles to bury her parents, and it’s quickly apparent that the official story of their demise is bunk. Tirotto paces the story well, spending ample time establishing Dee’s relationships with her friends, neighbors and extended family. Especially entertaining is Liz, the punky loose cannon who probably sticks out like a sore thumb in her hometown. But trouble is always lurking just beneath the surface, occasionally bursting forth in gruesome ways. Paul Little’s colors set an appropriately ominous mood. Richard Jordan’s richly detailed interiors are great, though I fear that the silly, peek-a-boob cover will put off as many readers as it attracts. (Ian Churchill’s variant is much better.) I almost took a pass because of that, but don’t judge this book by its cover. It’s obvious that Jordan put a great deal of thought into each character’s look, from their clothes to their expressions. The story and the art all come together in an effective, suspenseful package that’s well worth a read.