Crossover #2

Writer: Donny Cates Artist: Geoff Shaw, Dee Cunniffe, John J. Hill Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: December 9, 2020 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 40
7.9Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

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"KIDS LOVE CHAINS," Part Two-The event continues to unravel as Ellie, Otto, and Ava rise from the ashes of their comic shop to begin their four-color odyssey to find the truth beyond the dome. Meanwhile: super-prisons! Magic guns! Mysterious government agents! And other stuff, too!

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - Andrew McGlinn Dec 8, 2020

    I am massively impressed by Crossover. Not just with the story and art, but the overall delivery is second-to-none. This seems to be such a layered and considered piece of art that I cant help but be spellbound when I read it. I love that Ive plugged into this on multiple levels and yet I still really have no idea where this story is going to go. 110%, this is one to watch and savour. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Seth Singleton Dec 17, 2020

    Donny Cates has suggested the crossover will do more and then bring superheroes into the actual world. The knowledge that this story is designed to brush against other worlds separated by that invisible membrane known as imagination, continuity, and universe adds to the heightened sensation that this is a story about comic book fans. That it is in fact a love story. One that is both to and for comics. Get smitten. Read Full Review

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - CJ Dec 10, 2020

    Crossover #2 continues to build on the events of the first issue, showing what happens when fiction turns fatal. The next issue has been teased to be a monumental occurrence by Cates, and I'm more than ready to see what happens. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Dec 9, 2020

    Geoff Shaw delivers some fantastic art in this issue. I continue to be blown away with the contrast between the "real" people and the comic book characters. I love the style of that contrast and how it looks on the page. I also love the visual Easter eggs throughout. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    Comic Watch - Ethan Coney Dec 9, 2020

    Crossover issue two continues to skillfully build on this insane world even further and left me wanting more. Its that type of issue that you think about for days after you read it right until the next issue, which is undeniably going to be huge. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Graphic Policy - Brett Dec 9, 2020

    Crossover #2 is a fantastic second issue that grounds the fantastical set up. Like so many solid sci-fi stories, this one is not just entertaining but acting as commentary and reflection on our reality. What seemed like an initial fun homage to comics is quickly shaping up to be an excellent story about our politics and reactions to fear and the unknown. It also reflects how quickly we can “other” individuals and groups to justify actions. With one issue, the series has become infinitely more interesting and deep. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Sequential Planet - Ryan Easby Dec 10, 2020

    An utterly fantastic continuation of the most promising indie book of the year. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Charlie Ridgely Dec 9, 2020

    Between his big ideas and Geoff Shaw's grounded work, it's easy to buy into what Crossover is selling. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    You Don't Read Comics - David Harth Dec 9, 2020

    While not as emotionally affecting as the first issue, Crossover #2 is still a great comic. Cates plays the whole thing perfectly, making all the set-up and world-building extremely interesting. He introduces a lot of plot points in this issue, ones that could make for fertile story ideas, and the book goes on. Shaw's artwork makes the whole thing look amazing, really bringing Cates' script to life. Crossover #2 sets up a lot of exciting stuff for the future and does it adroitly. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Caffeinated Critique - James Stone Dec 9, 2020

    Crossover is quickly becoming one of my favourite comics out right now. Its use of characters and references from the comics industry (which I'm sure Cates had to pull a few favours for) is enough to spark your interest but it's the interesting story beneath it that's developing which will keep you coming back every month. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    AIPT - Alex Curtis Dec 9, 2020

    Overall, Crossover has an ambitious premise, but Cates' limiting of scope chains the story and his artistic team to mundanity and draggy pacing/storytelling. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Spartantown - Enrique Rea Dec 16, 2020

    Cates is a great storyteller but has played it too safe and too small here to make a coherent exciting issue. With such a great premise we're given very little to work with here because what we expect to happen doesn't and the story is mired in minutia. We want the bigger story, we want the comic book characters to actually "crossover." Perhaps, Cates is saving a big reveal for later but what we're left with is not very engaging or making a ton of sense.  Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Crusaders - Lucas Fashina Dec 9, 2020

    Face its Donny Cates is the Magic Man, of making easter eggs into full-blown narrative points, I would recommend picking up a copy of issues # 1, 2 and 3. Read Full Review

  • 5.4
    Multiversity Comics - Quinn Tassin Dec 14, 2020

    "Crossover #2" is a deeply interesting mystery that makes some genuinely appalling narrative decisions Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    COMICON - Tony Thornley Dec 15, 2020

    An interesting plot gets a little too clever. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Psycamorean Dec 10, 2020

    So let's break it down:

    Are the characters likable? Yes. Ryan and Otto stand out.
    Is the story good? Yes. The story is a novel concept with a potential to become better.
    Is the art good? It's great. You gotta be blind to think otherwise. Or a Sam Kieth fan.
    Is it really Image's Watchmen? No. That was called marketing. People who set their expectations so high have no one to blame but themselves.
    Does it pander to general comic fans? As opposed to what? Pandering to niche comic fans? What an indictment.
    Is it written like a Netflix pitch? No. Go read Undiscovered Country. Also, lol, Netflix.
    Is it really closer to the comic equivalent of Ready Player One? No. Ready Player One doesn't have a story, no more

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  • 9.0
    Spacey Medicine Feb 26, 2021

    A good issue again!

  • 9.0
    Rauld Dec 10, 2020

    Love the idea and the characters. This was more of a set up issue and I can see this series is going to be amazing

  • 9.0
    Kalaoui Dec 10, 2020

    I liked this one a lot. Cates is hit or miss for me and this one so far is very good and the art by Shaw matches the vibe very well. I can't wait to read more. The only thing I couldn't believe is seeing Batman still behind bars? I'm sure he's already out and back into the dome by now.

  • 8.5
    Hellblazer Dec 9, 2020

    This comic is a novelty that is setting up the stage for something unique. Donny Cates and his team are doing a fantastic job. Also, that little reference/homage to SPAWN in the prison was great.

  • 8.0
    the_comic_book_club Dec 11, 2020

    Issue: 2

    Publisher: Image @imagecomics
    Writer: Donny Cates @dcates
    Artist: Geoff Shaw @geshaw
    Colors: Dee Cunniffe @deezoid
    Letters: John J. Hill @johnjhill

    Ryan seemingly faces the consequences for his aggressive actions and finds himself before Nathaniel Pendleton, the government director on all things related to the comic book “Event”. Mysteriously given a power dampening gun with a note, Ryan is perplexed to ultimately face his destiny.
    Comic book writers around the country are turning up dead as Ellie, Otto and their new friend Ava take refuge and learn the shocking truth of her circumstances. Never existing within the dome, Ava and her family were captives in a governme more

  • 8.0
    Miracleman92 Dec 9, 2020

    Cates continues with a compelling story. While this series so far hasn't quite lived up to the hype, I have enjoyed the first two issues and plan to keep reading through at least the first arc.

  • 7.5
    AdmiralWhiskers Dec 21, 2020

    Cates slaughters his writer buddies off camera. The relationship between those outside of the bubble ("real life") and in the bubble ("comics life") is explored. Those outside are rough on the comics folk who get out. Wonder is it's the same vice versa. The preacher's kid is being compelled to go to the bubble. The comic shop girl in the domino mask wants to take the refugee comic girl to the bubble. I think we can see how this first arc is setting up.

    Art is unremarkable, which in this case means it doesn't detract from the story. I love the coloring effect of using pre-digital color separation dots on the comic world refugees. The gimmick works both for the purpose intended and to quickly identify the different states more

  • 7.5
    mylosh Dec 10, 2020

    decent setup, but this might be better consumed in a trade vs monthly floppies. Got bored upon first read, but after rereading issue 1 and this together, I appreciated it more

  • 6.5
    Swift Planet Dec 10, 2020

    So let's break it down:

    Are the characters likable? No.
    Is the story good? Not thus far.
    Is the art good? It's average.
    Is it really Image's Watchmen? Big no.
    Does it pander to general comic fans? Yes.
    Is it written like a Netflix pitch? Yes.
    Is it really closer to the comic equivalent of Ready Player One? Yes.

    I have liked the majority of Donny Cates' work, really only disliked Death of the Inhumans before this, but this one comes off as really amateur and something that anyone in the business could have wrote. In fact Brian K. Vaughan dies in the beginning, and this story actually reminded me of a more mainstream take on his Private Eye concept.

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    KFuqua Dec 14, 2020

    Just not enough there to get me to continue on. I dropped the series after this issue.

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