Review: Crossover #4 (Image Comics)

Writer: Donny Cates
Artist: Geoff Shaw
Colorist: Dee Cunniffe
Letterer: John J. Hill
On Sale: 24/02/2021

The comic book crossover event returns with more page turning fantasy.

PLOT AND STORY 

Our rag tag group moves that much closer to finding Ava’s parents with the help of Madman and his superhero friends. However things are not as straightforward as they hoped and encounters new challenges. The introduction of a new character does spring hope for Elipsis who is also trying to find her parents, lost in the event.

This is a comic book within a comic book which keeps going deeper and deeper into comic book lore. It’s hard to keep track of what’s real anymore. It’s no surprise a writer of Donny Cates calibre can create a story of this magnitude without the need for it to be a Marvel or DC story. The creativity behind this series is borderline crazy as it feels like a major publishers publication wide event much like Flashpoint for DC. I love how this level of storytelling is being told within a single book.

ARTWORK 

The art in this book is completely in sync with the story and is brilliant. With a big scale story you need artwork to match it and Geoff Shaw and Dee Cunniffe do that perfectly. The detail in every panel is spot on, be it a close up of someone’s face or a panel with six or seven characters in it. 

A two page splash towards the end of this issue really stood out for me. It’s Madman taking out a group of armed policemen with nothing but a Yo-Yo. It reminded me of a classic Batman taking out a group of goons. This is what this series is doing so well, creating its own image while paying homage to all the great super heroes.

FINAL THOUGHTS 

Crossover is probably my favourite comic coming out of Image right now and although this wasn’t the best issue of the series it certainly showcases why people should be reading it. Big scale storytelling with world ending events and original yet familiar characters, all depicted beautifully on the pages.

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

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