Crosswind #1

WRITER: Gail Simone
ARTIST: Cat Staggs

When a Chicago hitman and a mentally abused housewife experience an unexplained event affects the pair, forcing them to trade places.

Upon first diving into the comic, I was immediately struck with a feeling I would get turning on a gangster flick. It was like watching Goodfellas on a page as we meet Cason Ray Bennett – an esteemed hitman in the Chicago mob. He seems to have everything he could want, from the suits, cars and women. But the cost of being one of the best comes as he is called to clean up after the botched jobs of others.

Enter Juniper Elanore Blue, the attractive suburban housewife of a demanding and unfaithful husband. Her stepson resents her. She is a target of harassment from the neighbourhood boys. Her only solace seems to be found in her daydreaming, which brings on the ire and disdain of her husband.

For unexplained reasons, one evening these two complete strangers of opposite walks of life share an unusual connection when they seem to trade bodies and souls in an unnerving scene that puts each character in the other’s place.

The artwork by Cat Staggs is phenomenal. Her style is highly photorealistic with a great attention to detail. A good use of shadowing helps to enhance the story’s darker tones, which, in and of itself, it rather well written. Each of the actors seems to be rather well fleshed out, even if some of them may be a hint stereotyped. The reader slowly picks up on some of the tendencies and personality traits of our main characters, which makes the event at the end of the comic a little easier to follow. All in all, I enjoyed the first installment of Crosswind, and I look seeing how each of our protagonists handle their predicament.

You can find Crosswind at Image Comics

RATING (1-5): 4

Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.

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