Review: Crossover #3 (Image Comics)

Writer: Donny Cates
Artist: Geoff Shaw
Colorist: Dee Cunniffe
Letterer: John J. Hill
On Sale: 06/01/2021

Crossover continues to draw you in deeper and deeper to this insane meta story within a story.

PLOT AND STORY

Narration in the first issue laid out some key plot points regarding Ellie and Ryan but when the two encounter each other it comes as a real surprise. Surprising a reader on something they know is coming is a true art form that few can achieve, Donny Cates is one of those few. 

Issue #3 brings us more comic book references and industry jokes with the introduction of a group of comic book characters from one of Cates previous creations. This encounter makes for some very funny interactions between the two groups of characters.

ARTWORK 

Geoff Shaw and Dee Cunniffe once again bring us a beautiful looking comic. A modern comic with throwback references to older comic styles makes this a very clever, layered and detailed book.

In this issue the opening few pages really stood out with a grey scale tone telling a flashback story. This would have worked simply in black and white but it’s the tonal shading and the different grey’s which really make the pages pop. Finally when the story clashes with the current time the pages are a wash with bright, vibrant colours bringing the reader back to the story at hand.

John J. Hill providing letters again this issue with some really tough pages towards the middle as the speech ramps up. He does a fantastic job as ever keeping the artwork clear and visible as the words flow around the pages.

FINAL THOUGHTS 

Crossover is pure genius and continues to be one of my favourite comics on the shelves right now. Routed in comics history I am loving the plot comparisons to comic book legends like Watchmen, making this a comic book for comic book readers while cleverly keeping the story front and centre to engage new comic book readers aswell.

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

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