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‘Crossover #3’ (review)

Written by Donny Cates
Art by Geoff Shaw,
Dee Cunniffe, John J. Hill
Published by Image Comics


During the series’ announcement at San Diego Comic-Con, when asked if characters from other books will appear in the series, writer Donny Cates said, “The book is called Crossover for a reason”

Cates lives up to that promise amidst increased tension and stakes.

An ode to the alien squid that attacked New York City in Watchmen is used as a vehicle to examine the stark contrast between fact and fiction.

People of the world united in Alan Moore’s classic comic.

However, when the comic book world crashed into the real world, anything but peace and prosperity occurred.

More weapons, bigger weapons, detention camps capable of containing super-powered beings were created.

In the heat of it all, Elle and Otto try to help Ava, a comic book character who escaped the Dome, to reunite with her parents. This little girl is hiding her unique abilities, unbeknownst to Elle.

Otto is a curmudgeon of a (former) comic shop owner and is already freaking out over their trek for Ava. I can’t wait to see what happens when he discovers Ava’s secret.

Ryan, the preacher’s son, in many ways, is the biggest victim of all.

He’s been coerced by the federal government to kill a specific super target, which should be bad enough. However, the browbeating Ryan receives from his father resonates profoundly.

Cates’ script makes the reader feel every syllable of the verbal barrage. Geoff Shaw’s depiction of a frightened Ryan looked at how many have felt when getting on the wrong side of their parents.

Only Ryan’s Dad threatened to kill him. But you don’t care about any of that stuff. You want to know about the characters who crossed over. I’m not going to spoil it here except to say, no, it’s not Spawn.

Cates’ ability to ignore the less is more rule with great success shines to create a wild spectacle of fun. Shadowy hints and character sketches tease the arrival of Superman, only to serve as a red herring for the true reveal.

Donny Cates’ story has increased in scope and intrigue over three issues. Comic book tropes, coupled with real-world applications create an immersive experience filled with character depth and stunning visuals.

I can’t wait to see where this goes next as the only thing for sure is that nothing is for sure.

Grade: A-


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