Review: Crossover #1 (Image Comics)

Writer: Donny Cates
Artist: Geoff Shaw
Colorist: Dee Cunniffe
Letterer: John J. Hill
On Sale: 04/11/2020

Potentially the biggest comic book crossover event ever, or not depending on your perspective. 

PLOT AND STORY

Donny Cates is one of those comic book writers who is so infamous in the industry yet I rarely find myself reading, but every time I do it’s absolutely brilliant. 

Crossover is a fresh new take on the age old question “What if Superheroes were real” and gives it a twist and a half. The opening issue lays down the foundation for what has been a major event in history when Superheroes came to life and things went terribly wrong.

The best thing about this comic are all the subtle and not so subtle references to real life events and people. Presidential quotes, anti mask protests and general unrest makes this comic book about Superheroes seem all too real in 2020.

ARTWORK 

Drawn by Geoff Shaw with colours from Dee Cunniffe, Crossover looks like a traditional comic book with some clever designs depicting the difference between real people and comic people. 

The opening few pages in particular are very impressive. Big scale, full page splashes of action scenes include such fine detail with bold and bright colours. There are also a couple of pages detailing the history to the reader and the use of mobile phone screens and news channel updates is very original and eye catching.

John J. Hill is a true hero in this book with his incredible letters. Blending dialogue with narration throughout the whole issue keeps the story in check for the reader and makes it very easy to follow.

FINAL THOUGHTS 

Crossover came out of nowhere for me but after a friend told me to read it I had to instantly thank them for bringing this to my attention. As far as opening issues go this is one of the best I have seen this year. A story which starts with a bang and ends with a bang and has massive potential.

I read this via a digital purchase on Comixology and received no incentive to review this comic.

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