Crossover #1 Review

by Carlos R. on November 04, 2020

Crossover #1 Cover Graphic
Story by: Donny Cates
Art by: Geoff Shaw
Story Edits by: Mark Waid
Colors by: Dee Cunniffe
Letters and Designs by: John J. Hill
Publisher: Image Comics

This week sees the release of a new series by Donny Cates and this issue drops readers straight into its world and promises some spectacular events are about to unfold.

Crossover begins with a look at the origin of the story’s major premise, that reality has collided with that of the fictional comic book universe. There’s an air of wonder to the introduction and the ensuing violence that followed caught me completely off guard. The scene cuts to the present timeline and follows Ellie, a comic shop worker making their way through this world divided by the invasion of this fictional universe.

I’m so excited to delve further into this series, the creative team has set up and delivered on this universe and there are so many questions this chapter brought up and I’m looking forward to seeing how they’ll be addressed (especially that ending!) The division created by this invasion is so intriguing to read, and I love the details put in to flesh out how divisive superhero comics are in that world. The characters feel genuine in their mannerisms and dialogue, and we get glimpses of their internal conflict.

There aren’t enough good things I can say about the art for this first issue. Shaw, Cunniffe, and Hill do some incredible work to establish this story. I have so much love for the way some of these panels were framed, Ellie walking into work had so many tremendous shots that further develop this world and the hate for the comic characters. The color palette used for this issue blends in beautifully and contrasts so well against the characters from the comic book universe that we see. And I’m so happy to see an Invincible shirt and turtle shell included in the comic shop scenes.

This was a great introduction to this universe and if you pick it up, you’re sure to be as zapped into this series as the kid on the cover. There’s a lot to be appreciated in this chapter and I’m definitely in to see where this story will go.


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