Review – Crossover #3 (Image Comics)

  • Writing - 8.8/10
  • Art - 9.1/10
  • Overall - 9/10

Crossover #3

Writer: Donny Cates
Artist: Geoff Shaw
Colorist: Dee Cunniffe
Letterer & Design: John J. Hill
Maturity Rating: Mature
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: January 6, 2021

Elle and Otto start the perilous journey of bringing Ava back to the Dome in Denver to be with her comic-book kind. But how exactly are they going to pull off this feat?

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“Saving the Day” Crossover #3

Things have been wild leading up to Crossover #3 and they just get more maddening from here! 5 years ago, when comic books collided with the really-real world, things went crazy. Well, they haven’t settled down. Now Elle, comic book fangirl extraordinaire, and Otto, old curmudgeon, former comic book shop owner, find themselves in a pickle. Ava, a comic book character, somehow escaped the Dome that encapsulates all the heroes, villains, and whatnot that popped into our Universe. Now they want to bring her back. Elle would also like to try to find her parents, trapped in the dome. Surely they can sneak a little girl into a highly secured area. Plus they don’t know Ava has powers! Nothing bad will happen.

Crossover #3 (Image Comics) cover B by Todd McFarlane
Crossover #3 (Image Comics) cover B by Todd McFarlane

Oh, and don’t forget about Ryan. His religious zealot father made him toss a Molotov cocktail at Otto’s comic shop, almost killing Elle, Otto, and Ava and burning down his business. Now a secret government official says Ryan has a very important role to play in all of what is happening. Ryan, Elle, Ava, and Otto’s worlds will collide once again in Crossover #3 and it just might take a hero to save them all.


I am a big Donny Cates fan. If you read my reviews I obviously dig a lot of his work. From God Country, Redneck, Thanos, Silver Surfer: Black and, most recently, King in Black, if Donny Cates’ name is on it I am going to check it out. So, that being said, I have been excited about Crossover, but it has taken until Crossover #3 to really grab me. Now, the first two issues were fine, but both of those felt like big setups, and the story starts to pick up and starts to boil with Crossover #3.

Cates seems to now have all the pieces in place and sets everything off in this issue. Cates does this thing with this series where it feels very serious and everything is serious, but it also feels like a ton of fun, as well. For me, you can just feel something in the dialogue that you can tell Cates is delighting in writing this. I believe that is something Cates does so well with his writing. He makes you feel something a little extra with the story. Whether it’s sadness, remorse, or whatever, Cates gets emotions from readers. In Crossover it feels like full fanboy emotions. Cates’ love of everything “comic book” bleeds through on the pages.

He has also made a strong connection with the characters leading up to Crossover #3. Another thing Cates does well is to build connections with the readers with the characters. Elle and Otto are both well developed for this issue and it is easy to make a connection with both of them. He fleshes out Ryan in this issue, as well. The story itself takes a wild turn. With the talk of famous comic book heroes and villains with only shadowy glimpses, it is time for some to show up. And oh, how they do!


I mean, can you really go wrong with Geoff Shaw on art? The answer is no, no you can’t. Shaw puts on another spectacular artistic display in Crossover #3. Wonderful character work throughout the issue. I am also amazed at how much emotion Shaw can deliver on the pages and the vast amount of visual storytelling he can display. Great scene setups and layouts throughout the issue.

Shaw gets to play with a ton of characters and situations and this issue and they are all just a pure delight to see. From superheroes, giant mechs fighting kaiju, to sweet, intimate character moments, Shaw brings it all to life on the pages of Crossover #3.

The coloring work by Dee Cunniffe also has to be praised. There is a ton of stuff happening and different kinds of coloring “situations” (to remain spoiler-free) that Cunniffe has to deal with, and he does it delightfully well. Plus John J. Hill nails the lettering in design, something that is easily overlooked but is the icing on the visual cake, all the same.


It took me three issues but I am all aboard Crossover now. I wasn’t exactly sure what to make of the story after the first two issues, but with Crossover #3 it seems Cates is starting to let the story take off and let it spread its wings. The art is obviously stunning and just a fantastic little visual treat. If you have been on the ropes with this series this issue should sell you as a must-read. I mean, plus, that cover with the Gundam Shadow is perfection.

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