Crosswind #1

Writer: Gail Simone Artist: Cat Staggs Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: June 21, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 26 User Reviews: 8
8.3Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

Fan-favorite creators GAIL SIMONE and CAT STAGGS make their stunning Image debut with this mind-bending new ongoing series!
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. It's Freaky Friday meets Goodfellas!

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Jun 21, 2017

    Think the body-swapping story is played out? Think again. With strong characterization and amazing artwork, Crosswind #1 puts a cool new spin on a classic concept. Based on this first issue, Crosswind seems to be a sure-fire hit and easy Eisner contender. The characters are immediately interesting and the artwork is fantastic. This is one series you'll want to get in on at the ground floor. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Anthony Composto May 10, 2017

    Simone and Staggs' work togetherrivals that of even the best noir teams (Brubaker and Phillips better watch their backs). Thetwo plant plenty of seeds in this first issue, and with themystery and intrigue,Crosswind is sure to be a must-buy comic month after month. Read Full Review

  • 10
    You Don't Read Comics - Kate Baerkircher Jun 22, 2017

    Everything about this book, the dialogue, the art, the characters, everything is a complete win. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Black Nerd Problems - L.E.H. Light Jun 21, 2017

    9.8 Oh Thank Gods out of 10Note: I'm saving that last .2 rating for when this comic gets even better. Here's the promo trailer, in case you need more convincing. Read Full Review

  • 9.7
    Graphic Policy - SHAY REVOLVER Jun 22, 2017

    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. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Comicsverse - Kay Honda Jun 9, 2017

    An exciting crime story alongside a reflection of prevalent misogyny in the world today. The bodyswitching is just the cherry on top. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams May 11, 2017

    As a 21-page establishing shot, this first issue does a terrific job of showcasing the massive potential of this series, and takes its time in introducing us to the two compelling leads. Beautifully illustrated and with a fresh take on a fairly worn-out trope, Crosswind is a fantastic new series from two creators working in perfect synergy, and I really cant wait to see how it plays out in particular the moment where Cason, in Junes body, meets her dick of a husband. Its gonna be glorious. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Hussein Wasiti Jun 21, 2017

    This issue surprised me. I had no expectations and the story that Simone and Staggs are telling looks to be a lot of fun, with Staggs' art in particular being a standout. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Corps - Leinaala Sallander Jun 19, 2017

    Crosswind kicks off with quite a bit of excitement and mystery. We get the story of both Cason and Juniper in their lives and these two couldn't be any more different. Which makes the body swap all the more interesting. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Nerds On The Rocks - Earl Rufus Feb 27, 2018

    I know it's petty to harp on when the book makes such great use of lighting and shadows , but it's what stood out. But not enough to deter me from the book. So I may track down the rest of the series and give it a read. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Mexi Gremillion May 11, 2017

    I would definitely recommend giving Crosswind a read. While most of the first issue is set up for the overarching plot that will occur, there are interesting scenes that entice the reader into reading more and I would say the twist in the end would make anyone wonder how everything will turn out for both of the main characters, since they are both placed in high stakes situations with very little information as to what situations theyre in and what they can do to remedy them. Its a comic that makes you want to read the second issue and a comic worth reading. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - John McCubbin Jun 22, 2017

    Crosswind #1 is everything I hope for from an opening issue, with the creative team giving us solid build-up and a tantalising twist. They also introduce us to two interesting characters, with their polarising lifestyles making the eventual twist all the more intriguing. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Jun 28, 2017

    Crosswind is a solid setup. One that's familiar but has some solid style to it through what Cat Staggs brings to the table as well as Simone's character work that feels stronger with Juniper than Cason – if only because Cason's story feels so familiar. Stagg's artwork definitely works well for me with a rougher and raw approach that fits perfectly here with some very stylish pieces. I like what's presented here and I can see how nuts it can go, and how humorous it can go, in the coming issues. Crosswind is definitely one to keep an eye out for and one that I'm putting on my trade-watch list as I get the feeling it's going to click better for me in larger chunks than monthly installments. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBuzz - Gearoid O Maoldomnaigh Jun 21, 2017

    Crosswind is a clever, black-comedy that uses its premise to set up an arc for two uniquely interesting characters. It skilfully balances to darker elements with moments of levity and stunning character work that leaves the reader thoroughly empathetic. In the end, we are left with a tantalizing question: which one of our protagonists was more relieved by their switcheroo. This book doesn't need cliff-hangers to get you hooked, all it needs is your time and it certainly deserves it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Brazen Bull - Dave Robbins Jun 22, 2017

    Nice twist at the end. Crosswind looks to be quite interesting and maybe have some humor in the odd encounters to come. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Ben Snyder Jun 21, 2017

    Crosswinds #1 does an excellent job of presenting an interesting premise with some interesting characters, while the art is nothing exceptional it does it's job and justifies its place alongside Simone's excellent script. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Spartantown - Enrique Rea Jun 21, 2017

    'Crosswind' is off to a rip-roaring start. It's taken what you'd expect from a swapping bodies plot and mucked it up in a violent vengeful way. Simone and Staggs have in essence punched out from their corporate jobs and entered an underground fight club, dipped their wrapped fists in broken glass ready to deliver a knock-out punch to the throat. 'Crosswind' is a definite knock-out. I can't wait to see what happens next. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Jessica Petrecz May 7, 2017

    This premiere issue of Crosswind is a sign of great things to come from Staggs and Simone. The book has style, violence, action, and a story that makes you feel uncomfortable in a good way. The pages are filled with two characters that are both easy to relate to and easy to feel sorry for. The book could have taken the easily predictable way out, with a story about a man of action finding common ground with a housewife, but instead, this story is honest, smart, and brave. This book will surely winover an audience; it demands your attentions and emotional investment from page one and will surely keep it throughout the series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    We The Nerdy - Jean-Luc Botbyl Jun 23, 2017

    Crosswind #1 is not perfect by any means. But it is an excellent start to a story that Im already engaged with, and thats more than enough. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek-O-Rama - Tyler Sep 25, 2017

    All in all, I enjoyed the first installment of Crosswind, and I look seeing how each of our protagonists handle their predicament. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jun 22, 2017

    This is definitely an issue that demands multiple readings to be fully appreciated. The first time around, the narrative feels a bit jumbled, as it's not at all clear how the two plot threads and their respective protagonists are connected. But once this issue establishes its Freaky Friday-esque twist, the pieces click into place. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Multiversity Comics - Jess Camacho Jun 22, 2017

    All set up to the chaos that's soon to follow these two characters, but does more than enough to get you on board with where it wants to go. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The GCRN - Daniel Clark Jun 25, 2017

    Crosswind has promise with a lot of great avenues to travel down. Every mystery has no clear answer or hint of how it will eventually be solved. How well this premise will work is still unclear and much will be learned in the second issue. For now, Staggs and Simone give us a lot to be excited for. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Kat Calamia Jun 20, 2017

    With this premiere issue Simone does a good job at introducing the two main characters’ differing personalities and the stakes they leave behind when they switch bodies. Crosswind #1 is a slow set-up, but leaves the reader with a lot of potential as the series enters its exciting incident at the end of the issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Outright Geekery - Antonio Pedro Jun 20, 2017

    Despite some VERY serious problems with panel layouts, I really enjoyed this issue of Crosswind. I usually love whatever Gail Simone is doing and "Abused Housewife body swaps with Hitman" is an idea right up my alley. I'm looking forward to see where things go from here, and this issue gets a strong recommendation provided you get past the art problems. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    AIPT - Ken Petti May 24, 2017

    Crosswind has an intriguing, original premise with unique art, but the experiments just don't pan out. Read Full Review

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