Crossover #1

Writer: Donny Cates Artist: Geoff Shaw Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: November 4, 2020 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 26 User Reviews: 54
8.9Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

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The creative powerhouses behind the bestselling, critically acclaimed GOD COUNTRY, Thanos Wins, and REDNECK returns for the biggest launch of the year.

Imagine everything you thought was fantasy...was real. And now join us, in a world where reality is dead...and anything is possible...

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Oct 29, 2020

    Honestly, I could rant and rave about this book all day, but the best way to experience it is to pick it up for yourself when it goes on sale next week. Wildly ambitious and relentlessly creative, Crossover may end up being the coolest thing Cates and Shaw have ever done, which is certainly saying something. I loved absolutely everything about this comic, and I hope you will too. Read Full Review

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - CJ Nov 4, 2020

    Crossover #1 is one of the best comic books I've ever read, serving as a love letter to the comic book medium and its nearly unlimited potential. Cates says that this comic is about hope, and that's something we need more of. Read Full Review

  • 10
    You Don't Read Comics - David Harth Nov 18, 2020

    Crossover #1 is the real deal. It's gripping and powerful right out of the gate and is just wonderful throughout. Readers are given just enough to get what kind of world they're dealing with, and everything about it is bait to keep them coming back. This comic is pretty much perfect. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Pastrami Nation - Nolan Smith Nov 8, 2020

    Image Comics nails it with Crossover. It's a massive, mega-event book that focuses on what matters at the end of the day: the individual lives of those affected by it. Go pick it up if you can find a copy. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Nov 4, 2020

    This was a fun read, given the history of the comic book industry; there are Fredric Wertham quotes and the influences of the Seduction of the Innocent are plain to see. Part of this may be the influences of Mark Waid who is helping out with story edits and putting it all together. It is going to be a fun ride. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Nov 4, 2020

    Purveyors of the pull list should add Crossover to their folder as it has the makings of the next great comic book. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Watch - Ethan Coney Oct 12, 2020

    I now completely understand why Image, the creative team and many big-name writers and artists are pushing and raving about this title constantly. What Donny Cates, Geoff Shaw, Dee Cunniffe, and John J Hill have created with this comic is phenomenal, genre-changing and arguably nothing short of perfection! Read Full Review

  • 10
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Nov 11, 2020

    Demanding to be read, Crossover is a passionately penned love letter to comics. This well-crafted first issue is compelling and should not be missed. Read Full Review

  • 10
    AIPT - Arbaz M. Khan Nov 3, 2020

    From the outset, Crossover really shows off the confidence it has in itself. To focus on something so intimate rather than a spectacle is something I haven't seen sinceThe Leftovers (Go see it, changed my life). Overall, Cates has set a precedence of taking great feats of spectacle and making them resonate through the emotional relationships that tie them together. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Nerdly - Dean Fuller Nov 6, 2020

    This wasn't an issue of a comic book so much as a love letter. A love letter to fans, and the characters they love, equally. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Multiversity Comics - John Schaidler Nov 6, 2020

    With a creative team that's at the top of their game, "The Crossover" #1 is a dazzling debut issue that exceeds its considerable hype. Get this book on your pull list and be part of the story. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Graphic Policy - Brett Oct 12, 2020

    Crossover #1 is an amazing start with a love letter to comics and its community. It also is a larger discussion about community as a whole with a lot of interpretation possible by readers. This is a comic that should be on everyone's pull list and I have no doubt it'll be seeing multiple printings and lots of buzz when it eventually comes to shelves. Do yourself a favor and don't miss out. Crossover is a comic that should be on everyone's pull-list. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Sequential Planet - Marcus Orchard Oct 25, 2020

    Crossover#1 is made with love. Donny Cates and the rest of the creative team successfully make this debut easy to connect to for those who love superheroes. It's sincere, exciting, and just a lot of fun. Anyone who has ever loved a superhero will want to addCrossover to their pull lists. This one is going to be special. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Nov 4, 2020

    Geoff Shaw delivers some beautiful art in this first issue. The characters look great. The action looks amazing as well. What I really loved is the contrast in how the "real" characters look in relation to the "comic book" characters. It was charming, practical and smart. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Carlos R. Nov 4, 2020

    This was a great introduction to this universe and if you pick it up, you’re sure to be as zapped into this series as the kid on the cover. There’s a lot to be appreciated in this chapter and I’m definitely in to see where this story will go. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Caffeinated Critique - James Stone Dec 5, 2020

    Crossover came out of nowhere for me but after a friend told me to read it I had to instantly thank them for bringing this to my attention. As far as opening issues go this is one of the best I have seen this year. A story which starts with a bang and ends with a bang and has massive potential. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Brian Villar Nov 5, 2020

    Cates and Shaw are taking a massive chance with Crossover. The story is similar to a reverse Gwenpool, where instead of one person entering the world of comics, all of comics enter the real world. With many hints and nods to the rumor of iconic DC and Marvel characters being used, it'll be a unique story that few creative teams can handle. This would be a concern if not for Mark Waid's involvement in it. He has worked at both companies, creating iconic stories and is considered as one of the best comic historians. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Graphic Policy - Josh Rathbun Nov 4, 2020

    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. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - David Weber Nov 4, 2020

    A gripping introduction to a new world, full of breath-taking art. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Spartantown - Enrique Rea Nov 11, 2020

    'Crossover' is the new ongoing series that Cates pours his soul into. He's barely scratched the surface of the story. It feels personal and that should excite every comic book fan. With Shaw and Cunniffee on art, this is a must-buy. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Charlie Ridgley Nov 4, 2020

    Cates unleashes a lot of big ideas in the first issue of Crossover, so many that it feels like there may be a too much going on. Read Full Review

  • 7.1
    Black Nerd Problems - Mikkel Snyder Nov 4, 2020

    But while I like the story's style, it's substance leaves a little to be desired from an execution standpoint. I can see the appeal, but there are just a series of decisions that make it an unsteady foundation. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Bleeding Cool - Theo Dwyer Nov 7, 2020

    Crossover #1 is a comic book about comic books. This high concept story from Donny Cates & Geoff Shaw is bold in surprising ways. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Oscar Maltby Nov 4, 2020

    The curse of reviewing single issues is that it is sometimes impossible to gauge a story's intent from its first part. Visually, this book is a triumph. Narratively, it is an intriguing start with questionable elements. When Cates concentrates on the superhero's impact on humanity, Crossover #1 works. When he makes an equivalence between comic book fans and marginalized people through all-too-familiar modes of protest, not so much. What exactly is Donny Cates trying to say here? From Crossover #1, it is impossible to tell. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bookcase - Zack Quaintance Nov 4, 2020

    In spite of an ambitious and intriguing concept depicted through top-tier art, Crossover #1 is a bit awkward and disjointed, filled with ideas and metaphors that dont hold up well when you stop to really think about them. That said, it still has quite a bit of potential. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    COMICON - Tony Thornley Nov 5, 2020

    A muddy message and confusing themes drags down an interesting concept with great art. Read Full Review

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