Review: Crossover #2 (Image Comics)

Writer: Donny Cates
Artist: Geoff Shaw
Colorist: Dee Cunniffe
Letterer: John J. Hill
On Sale: 09/12/2020

The story unravels like a classic comic book, good vs evil but who is good and who is evil?

PLOT AND STORY

This story has me hooked already and we are only two issues in. Donny Cates is a writer who creates fun and interesting stories and once again is building something special here. Cates has proved time and time again it’s not the character that matters it’s the story you build around them. Cates took characters like Guardians of the Galaxy, Venom and Ghost Rider who at the time weren’t at the top of anyone’s pull list and made great entertainment with them. This is why Cates independent books are always great because you know it’s going to be a brilliant story.

During issue #2 there are so many great references to all the major comic book characters but all I care about is what’s happening with Ava. Technically due to copyright rights I know it’s not Batman but you’re not fooling me, I saw Batman in this issue and it wasn’t even close to being the highlight. The plot unravels a bit more this month as we meet new and mysterious characters. Ava has her quest which is destined to collide with our arsonist from issue #1.

ARTWORK

Geoff Shaw delivers yet another intricate issue as every panel is crammed full of detail. Seeing someone getting arrested isn’t enough for the panel, we get police cars in the background and essentially extras giving each page hide amounts of depth.

Dee Cunniffe this week takes top prize for his amazing colours. In particular issue #2 grabbed my eye with the use of tones. The bright colour tone at Otto’s house symbolizing a safe space or the dark and gloomy prison scenes. Then there was the warm but sharp orange tone of an ominous person’s office to represent intrigue and mystery. 

John J. Hill had a tough task this issue also as there is a lot of words per page. He yet again does a great job with the different types of speech bubbles for the different characters or narrative. 

FINAL THOUGHTS

Crossover is quickly becoming one of my favourite comics out right now. Its use of characters and references from the comics industry (which I’m sure Cates had to pull a few favours for) is enough to spark your interest but it’s the interesting story beneath it that’s developing which will keep you coming back every month.

I read this via an advance preview copy issued by Image Comics and received no incentive to review this comic.

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