Comic Review: Crossover #13 (Image Comics)

Is this truly the final issue of Crossover? Or is that what the solicitations are saying to drum up hype and mayhem? Ellipses, Ryan and the rest of their allies […]

Is this truly the final issue of Crossover? Or is that what the solicitations are saying to drum up hype and mayhem? Ellipses, Ryan and the rest of their allies face off against Father Lowe and his crew of henchmen. Who becomes the victor? Will this be the final issue? And why do writers kill off our favorite characters?

For some time I pondered whether Cates was going to add Crossover to his roster of ongoing comics, and although I’ve enjoyed the book, for the most part, I’m glad that this series is seemingly nearing its end as a semi maxi-series. Crossover as a series always felt more appropriate as a maxi-series that focused on a short and tight story with a beginning, middle and eventual end, and for what it’s worth, it seems Cates is beginning to wrap this series up. Despite initial thoughts on how many issues this series will consist of by the time it’s over, this issue was very much a reflection of Cates love for comics and how it impacts readers as a medium.

Does it get lost in the metatextual commentary at times, yes? Does meta-commentary and meditation get its point across as to why humanity loves stories and comics? Absolutely.
Despite all of the action, there is a load of humor and some unexpected twists that while enjoyable, did leave something to be desired in some of the conflicts that occurred within the book. Overall, the story is enjoyable and provides some resolution for most of the story while opening the door to some dangling plot threads that need answering.

Geoff Shaw might have to watch his back if he is to continue illustrating this series because he does a stellar job illustrating this issue. From the choreography, expressions, and humor his linework is emotive and bombastic, especially when coupled with Dee Cunniffe’s colorwork, and John J.Hill’s lettering. While this issue wasn’t as strong as the previous issue, it was still entertaining to read and provided some closure on some of the plot threads that were occurring throughout the series thus far. I’d recommend adding this to your pull list for new comic book day.

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