Review: Crossover #1
Crossover #1 explodes in the land of Colorado where a superhero event has taken place. The superheroes just sorta pop up outta nowhere as they cross over into the real world. An invisible field keeps everything and everyone from the event contained. It’s had an effect on the real world, as Baptists are against comic books and get angry at cosplayers. It’s like the comic book version of Footloose, which took place not too far from Provo, UT, where Crossover takes place. Apparently, Utah County is not that cool of a place for comics and dancing. Anyway, our heroine of the story works at a shop, and lo and behold, they notice one of the comic book people has gotten into the shop and the unruly mob outside the shop isn’t one bit happy about this suddenly happening.
What’s written above is a bland statement describing the story of Crossover but being fair, the book is better than I describe it. Donny Cates does his best work at Image Comics and this book certainly falls into that category. If one opens Crossover looking for a Supes battle of good and evil, you’ll be a bit disappointed, as that’s not really the story. It’s more about how someone living the small-town life lives within the current aftermath of the event. I did hope to see a bit more of it, too, but what Crossover lacks in big, costumed fights, it makes up for with a more human story. Cates has a real knack for injecting humanity into his characters and making them feel real. The strongest part of Crossover is not the event but the aftermath.
Kind of a weird complaint about this but I live in Utah. I’m not far from Provo and I go there often. I worked there for a few years. It’s not a place that would have any kind of active Baptist community. It’s basically ground zero for the LDS Church and living here, there’s so much of it thrown in your face that it’s not funny. Not many who read Crossover will know that little detail but I thought it was odd to not be accurate to the location. I know, it’s a book about a superhero explosion crossing into a more realistic world, but still…
The story is cool and all but what stood out to me was the art. Geoff Shaw and Dee Cunniffe put to paper a really beautiful comic, full of creativity and detail. It’s a colorful book, which I love when an art team can really stretch the color spectrum to the fullest. How a person looks from the Crossover world is a bit interesting, too, so I thought that was true to the world of comics. John J. Hill’s letters work great in the story with a few different changes in emotion.
I came into Crossover #1 open-minded of what it was, did all I could to not read any spoilers. Story-wise, Crossover #1 is an entertaining read. The concept is tight and the art hits on so many levels. This issue helps get the world-building explained and set up and with that, I am definitely interested in where this story goes and am excited for issue two.
Story: Donny Cates Art: Geoff Shaw
Colors: Dee Cunniffe Letters & Design: John J. Hill Story Edits: Mark Waid
Story: 8.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy
Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review