Crowded #1

Writer: Christopher Sebela Artist: Ro Stein, Ted Brandt Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: August 15, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 23 User Reviews: 5
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SERIES PREMIERE! Ten minutes in the future, the world runs on an economy of job shares and apps, including Reapr: a crowdfunding platform to fund assassinations. Charlie Ellison leads a quiet, normal life until she's suddenly targeted by a million-dollar Reapr campaign. Hunted by all of Los Angeles, Charlie hires Vita, the lowest-rated bodyguard on the Dfend app. As the campaign picks up speed, they'll have to figure out who wants Charlie dead before the campaign's 30 days-or their lives-are over.
From Eisner-nominated writer CHRISTOPHER SEBELA (Heartthrob, We(l)come Back, Harley Quinn), RO STEIN & TED BRANDT (Captain Marvel, Raven: The P more

  • 10 - Nicole Drum Aug 15, 2018

    The story alone is brilliantly written, but it's well-supported with art and color that look every bit like Instagram snapshots, making the world of Crowded almost hauntingly like our own. It's a combination that sets Crowded off on an excellent start. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    The Brazen Bull - Jaimee Nadzan Aug 14, 2018

    Set in the very near future, apps have taken over our day-today lives, but it's not all for the convenience and connection. Crowded #1 is a thoroughly interesting and exciting read that will leave the readers eager for issue #2. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Corps - Michael Jones Aug 15, 2018

    Charlie Ellison is a normal twenty-something grinding out a life working odd jobs via different apps, however her world is turned upside down when someone uses the app, Reapr to put a hit out on her. Scraping the bottom of the barrel in the bodyguard app, Dfend, she hires Vita to protect her from this hit. Charlie has attracted a crowdfunding effort on Reapr, as a result her bounty is so high that practically everyone is trying to kill her. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Brandon Lawrence Aug 16, 2018

    Recent technologies are sprinkled throughout the book as Vita and Charlotte get to know each other while simultaneously repelling murderous attacks. My favorite has to be the man in a self driving car with his feet up, just chillin'. We also get a fast food spot seemingly without any employees, only automated service and a smart screen imbedded in the table. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Mar 6, 2018

    The book is a co-creation of the entire creative team (including letterer Cardinal Rae, who does some particularly clever work with the tails of speech balloons to indicate height differences or speaking around the corner), and it shows - Crowded is a collaborative effort that wouldn't be nearly as engaging and entertaining to read without the contributions of its full roster of creators. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Gary Moloney Aug 6, 2018

    Crowded delivers on the promise of its premise with skill and style that practically ensures its place as one of the year's best comics. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Comicsverse - Sydney Cooper Aug 21, 2018

    CROWDED #1 is a unique comic with leading ladies that have their own mysteries. This first issue keeps me wanting to know more about the characters and the secrets the plot holds. Although the legality of things is in question, the overall story is a bombshell of a good time. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Word Of The Nerd - Jenna Clark Aug 14, 2018

    There have not been many titles that I have been looking forward to, yet this one is a definite "must read." It was strong enough to get through its premise and is just right in keeping you hanging at the end. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Aug 28, 2018

    Crowded #1 is a clever, mostly fast-moving, and entertaining skewering of crowdfunding, freelance work applications, and the potential nightmare those things could entail. Sebela, Stein, Brandt, and Farrell do some great work here, and the book earns itself a recommendation. Check it out. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Graphic Policy - Brett Aug 15, 2018

    The first issue is a winner delivering humor and a flow visually and through the narrative that sucks in the reader and makes you want more. There's a pacing that takes you through it all and gets you to the other end waiting for more action and wanting more humor as we explore this world and characters. And, with the shiny action outside, there's an interior depth that begs to explored and debated. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Sequential Planet - Marcus Orchard Aug 14, 2018

    Crowded #1 is a successful debut to an original series. Its timely, fun, and exciting. This is an easy recommendation for fans of summer blockbuster comedies and for those who want a little mystery sprinkled into their action. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Robert Mammone Aug 16, 2018

    Crowded is the literal bleeding edge of futuristic satire, a slippery slope slicked with the blood of the innocents and a riveting satiric take on the gig economy gone mad. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Aug 15, 2018

    ou find yourself empathizing with Vita as Charlie, her life and her secrets become annoying and tiresome. It's a testament to the writing that I was able to have such a visceral reaction to a character from the first issue. Sebela draws the reader in with these characters and sets up some really intriguing mysteries to come. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    GWW - Brian Villar Aug 15, 2018

    Crowded is off to a great start. If the creative team can keep up with the commentary of current culture and not rely on it to be the driving force of the story, Crowded can be a great series for Image. This series is one of which I will be looking forward to reading each month. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Aug 1, 2018

    I've said this a few times, but there hasn't been a lot of Image titles that I've been excited for lately. Crowded is interesting, not just the concept, but with its execution. The first issue comes out strong, but not so strong that it feels like the story can never top what it accomplishes here. Rather, I'm looking forward to more from this series and seeing how the thirty days pan out. To put it another way, Crowded may be the next big thing from Image. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Matthew Sibley Aug 16, 2018

    Writer Chistopher Sebela's script teases details about this wider world, though the book's real strength is in how well it digs into the two lead characters rather than hoping the concept is enough of a hook for readers to come back. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Following The Nerd - Dave Bowling Oct 27, 2018

    Issue 1 sets the premise up nicely. Ro Stein and Ted Brandt's artwork illustrates the sheer confused hell of someone that considered herself nothing but another brick in the wall being dropped into the spotlight in the worst way. Chris Sebela's script is sharp and the dialogue punchy enough to keep you interested and ready for the next issue. Which, in all honesty, is even better. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - Nathaniel Muir Aug 14, 2018

    Crowded is a fun story filled with action that uses blunt social commentary to get across its frightening message. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    We The Nerdy - Kyle Simcox Aug 15, 2018

    Crowded is a very cool and fun concept with a style to match. It takes the term “there's an app for that” to the next level. The book almost feels real given that a portion of today's society is constantly connected and tethered to a device in some way, whether it be social media or some other app on our smartphones. Like using Yelp to check a restaurant's quality, Vita's future jobs rely on her reviews from surviving clients and like any potential client, Charlotte wants to know why it's so low. It's biggest issue is the fact that Charlotte and Vita's relationship is a generic one. That doesn't really hold the book back much at all though as it's still a great read and staging point for future books. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Geekery Magazine - Lucas Fashina Aug 15, 2018

    Crowded #1 comes with in two coversCover A Regular Ro Stein & Ted Brandt Cover; Cover B Variant Rachael Stott Cover. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    Multiversity Comics - Jacob Hill Aug 17, 2018

    An uneven debut promises to go to some pretty wild places. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Big Comic Page - Adam Brown Aug 8, 2018

    The story is set up as a genuinely interesting mystery; why would a nobody command such a high crowd funded campaign total? The thriller aspect aptly backed up by some Hollywood style action and dark humour keeps everything from becoming too dark and wobbling off course. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Bounding Into Comics - Nathan Braudrick Aug 15, 2018

    Crowded #1offers up an interesting premise in a cliched genre and for that, it deserves some credit. Ultimately though, I couldn't connect with the characters and thus, couldn't care all that much about what happens to them. This may be remedied in future issues but thus far, issue #1 is all we have. I'm also a little confused about the universe. It's obviously present day Los Angeles, but what has happened to the world? Is murder legal now? Are there any cops left? Again, these question may resolve themselves in the coming months, but for now, I remain optimistically skeptical. Read Full Review

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