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Gail Simone and Cat Stagg’s Crosswind Heads to TV and Gets a Paperback Release

Superstar creators Gail Simone and Cat Staggs will release Crosswind, Vol. 1 from Image Comics this February. CROSSWIND is in development for a television series, with Simone slated to write as well as executively produce and Staggs to serve as a consulting producer.

A slick and ruthless Chicago hitman. A smart but downtrodden Seattle housewife. When an inexplicable event strikes these two random strangers, their bodies, souls, and lives are switched—to potentially deadly effect.

Crosswind, Vol. 1 (Diamond code: NOV170676, ISBN: 978-1-5343-0474-1) hits comic book stores Wednesday, February 28th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, January 15th.

Crosswind, Vol. 1 will be available in bookstores Tuesday, March 5th.

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The weekend has come and gone and we’re still mulling over the box office results and recovering from Salt City Comic Con. We’re in the planning stages from a whole bunch of cons coming up in the next months, so hold on to your hats. While you wait for that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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The Beat – Derf on how Trumpcare could affect cartoonists – The comic community should care about this.

Unknown Comics – Selling Comics: Who Is My Customer? – Some interesting advice.

 

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Talking Comics – Crosswind #1

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Review: Crosswind #1

 I had to fight every urge in my body to not scream, “It’s here. It’s finally here!” when I settled in to check out Crosswind #1, the long awaited collaboration between writer Gail Simone and artist Cat Staggs. I went into this one with a healthy amount of excitement and dread. When you find out two of the people in your top ten are joining forces on what seemed like a super secret comic book creation mission, if you’re anything like me, you’re expecting either one of the best darn comic books you’ve ever read or you find yourself panicked that their forces combined might result in a hot trash fire. A colossal hot mess of epic proportions only seen in Ghostbusters when the streams crossed.

I am hella happy to report that the music anticipated Crosswind #1 is amazing. The story starts off with a perfectly staged snowy backdrop scene, beautifully and ominously crafted by Staggs. Simone provides just enough words on the first characterless page to draw us in proper before introducing us to the story’s major players. The story jumps back and forth seamlessly between Case’s back story and Juniper’s. The flawless transitions are a testament to Simon’s brilliant writing. Stagg’s artwork never misses a beat while she creates a beautiful universe on the pages for our solemn characters to exist in.

Simone writes characters that you form an attachment to. Her writing allows you to feel very real feelings for imaginary people. She creates characters that you can sympathize with even if you can’t identify with them, her portrayal of Juniper’s isolation, perceived unworthiness, objectification, and feelings of uselessness are realistic and ring true and her portrayal of Case’s regret, confusion, and ominous brooding are placed front and center. Simone carefully crafts the mistreatment and entitlement of the men in Juniper’s life, down to the cliched but relevant boys will be boys line just as honestly as she shows Case’s compassion in the face of chaos and destruction as he helps out a homeless man.

Staggs keeps up with Simone’s pace and provides complementary art styles throughout the first issue that are subtly different enough to make it easy to tell who’s story you are in but similar enough in style that one persons story flows swiftly and easily into the others. Her art creates a well-crafted symbiotic universe for these amazing characters to live and exist. There’s a neutral gaze to Staggs’ style that I appreciate. Despite the “sexiness” of Juniper there is no lingering over her figure. We read about her being objectified but the panels never objectify her they do however show the effects of her objectification and harassment. We see every facial contortion, pained glance, broken down spirit laden tear that her mere existence as a woman in male spaces gives her. Staggs makes it easy to commiserate with Juniper and feel her pain because she draws her in a way that makes her seem real.

This is a stellar debut issue and it has me longing for July so I can see what shakes out between the two main characters. Overall this was a great read, quick, but containing moment of questioning and genuine interests. I also think having the dialogue boxes be different colors for different characters was brilliant and added an extra level to the storytelling. The issue doesn’t go on any longer than it needs to, it gets us hooked and then cuts us off at just the right moment to insure that we are invested and ready to take things to the next level. By the time you get to the last page you feel intrigued not, cheated, they even throw in more info about the characters and some nifty art work to hold you over until issue two drops. I also liked that they didn’t try and squeeze too much into the first issue and , left us wanting more. I’m super interested to see how things shake out after this issues tail end big reveal, which you’ll have to pick up your own copy and read for yourself, because, I think that if the initial twist at the end is any kind of preview, I think I’m going to love how they handle the gender aspect of things going forward.

Story: Gail Simone Art: Cat Staggs
Story: 9.6 Art: 9.6 Overall: 9.7 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comincs provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.

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ICv2 – ‘Ghosts’ Wins McDuffie Award for Kids Comics – Congrats!

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Newsarama – Crosswind #1

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It was new comic book day yesterday. What’d folks get? What’d you enjoy? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below! While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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100% of Image’s Pride Month Variant Cover Proceeds to Go to Human Rights Campaign

Image Comics has revealed the first six of eleven variants planned for June’s 25th-anniversary theme—“Pride Month.” The variants will serve to celebrate the LGBTQ community and the progress made by the Gay Liberation Movement in promoting inclusivity and support for all. 100% of the proceeds made from these June Pride variant covers will be donated to Human Rights Campaign.

Each month of Image’s 25th year will boast a theme for special anniversary variants.

Available in stores on Wednesday, June 7th (Final order cutoff deadline Monday, May 15th):

  • The Walking Dead #168 by Robert Kirkman & Charlie Adlard, cover art by Sina Grace, cover colors by Tamra Bonvillain (Diamond Code MAR178612)
  • The Divided States of Hysteria #1 by Howard Chaykin, cover by Chaykin (Diamond Code MAR178603)

Available in stores on Wednesday, June 14th (Final order cutoff deadline Monday, May 22nd):

  • Bitch Planet: Triple Feature #1 by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro, cover by De Landro (Diamond Code MAR178611)
  • Rose #3 by Meredith Finch and Ig Guara, cover by Guara (Diamond Code MAR178609)

Available in stores on Wednesday, June 21st (Final order cutoff deadline Monday, May 29th):

  • Crosswind #1 by Gail Simone and Cat Staggs, cover by Staggs (Diamond Code MAR178608)
  • GRRL Scouts: Magic Socks #4 by Jim Mahfood, cover by Mahfood (Diamond Code MAR178610)
  • The Old Guard #5 by Greg Rucka and Leandro Fernandez, cover by Fernandez (Diamond Code MAR178604)

Available in stores on Wednesday, June 28th (Final order cutoff deadline Monday, June 5th):

  • Black Magick #6 by Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott, cover by Scott (Diamond Code MAR178605)
  • Deadly Class #29 by Rick Remender and Wes Craig, cover by Craig (Diamond Code MAR178607)
  • Shutter #29 by Joe Keatinge and Leila del Duca, cover by del Duca (Diamond Code MAR178606)
  • Redneck #3 by Donny Cates and Lisandro Estherren, cover by Ed Luce (Diamond Code MAR178737)

Gail Simone and Cat Staggs launch all-new series Crosswind this June

Image Comics is thrilled to announce Crosswind, the brand-new ongoing thriller from fan-favorites Gail Simone and Cat Staggs, arriving in stores this June.

A slick and ruthless Chicago hitman.

A smart but downtrodden Seattle housewife.

When an inexplicable event strikes these two random strangers, their bodies, souls, and lives are switched—to potentially deadly effect.

Crosswind #1 (Diamond code: APR170674) hits comic book stores Wednesday, June 21st. Final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, May 29th.

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