Advance Review: CROSSWIND #1

Written by Gail Simone
Art by Cat Staggs
Published by Image Comics
Release Date: June 21, 2017

“In the darkness, you touch…and one said, ‘Oh, my god’ and the other said, ‘Oh, thank god’.” Simone and Staggs start a brand new comic with an exciting twist at the end in this first issue of Crosswind!

Simone sets the two main characters up well. While their lives seem to be foils of one another, their positions feel similar. Yes, Case may be part of an ominous mafia-esque group and Juniper may be a step-soccer mom, but they are both constricted and controlled by their environments. Neither has much choice in what they do, whether it’s the abusive rants and needs of an uncaring spouse or the callous and unjustifiable duties forced upon by a distant from reality mob boss. In that, they may find common ground, but it will be intriguing to see how all of this plays out in the next issue.

Staggs produces work that feels in between a painting and a photograph. It’s like Waking Life meets the shadings and shadows of a noir, creating this nefarious omnipresence of a terrible event waiting to happen throughout the issue. This overall darkness laced within the story, despite the snowy landscapes and peaceful suburban cul-de-sacs, anchors this comic to something much darker than what it seems at the surface.

She brings variety to characters and is given wiggle room to present images of the bizarre like in the dream Juniper has with the faceless woman. I would say that the faceless woman dream is the most impactful scene within the issue, and it is the one that makes me question how much fantasy or magical realism will play a factor in the overall arc of this tale, especially with the twist that comes towards the very end of the issue.

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 they’re in and what they can do to remedy them. It’s a comic that makes you want to read the second issue and a comic worth reading.

The Verdict: 8.5/10


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