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Crowded #11

Writer: Christopher Sebela
Artists: Ro Stein & Ted Brandt
Colorist: Triona Farrell
Letterer: Cardinal Rae
Publisher: Image Comics
Maturity Rating: T+
Release Date: February 5th, 2020

Crowded #11 forces Vita and Charlie to have a heart-to-heart, which goes about as well as you might expect. Given that Charlie’s life is literally on the line, you’d think she’d be better at this whole trust thing.

 

The Girl Who Cried Wolf in Crowded #1

Protecting anybody in a world where Reapr campaigns exist is a job easier said than done. But protecting a woman who constantly lies and hides the truth of her actions? That’s a whole new set of trouble, as evidenced in Crowded #11.

Charlie is full of secrets—including, but not limited to, the reason why the campaign on her life has gotten such enormous funding. That makes Vita’s job a lot more difficult. One would think that if the goal was to stay alive, Charlie would be better about telling the truth. But you’d be wrong.

Crowded #11 (Image Comics) cover A by Ro Stein and Ted Brandt
Crowded #11 (Image Comics) cover A by Ro Stein and Ted Brandt

Crowded has been a thrilling and entertaining read from the start. This is a world in which social media and online accessibility is king, and that comes with the good and the bad. There is plenty of bad to be found in this series, as Vita and Charlie run for their lives. Well, Charlie’s life, at least.

Writing

Crowded #11 was a shockingly emotional read, as each of our two main characters desperately searches for grounding and understanding. Vita has plenty of reasons not to trust Charlie; meanwhile, Charlie made the mistake of allowing herself to catch feelings. That’s a bit of a rat’s nest right there—and that’s before taking into account everything else going on.

Christopher Sebela has done a delightful job of writing such an entertaining and enthralling series. I really do mean it when I say that this has been a favorite of mine, and a highlight each month it comes out. This issue is no exception, as it provides an amusing read, all while increasing the anxiety and concern revolving around their situation. This issue also provided some new information, as well as a fascinating flip on the norm. It’s perfect and oddly karmic, if slightly anxiety-inducing for those of us reading along. But that just makes it all the more worth reading.

There is so much wit and charm to be found in this issue and, okay, there’s more than a fair share of bickering as well. But once again, that’s all in the name of entertainment—and is basically a given for this odd couple. It sure will be interesting to see how they get out of this mess.

Art

Crowded #11 features a ton of dynamic and interesting artwork. A missile silo may not sound like the prettiest of settings and, realistically, it isn’t. But it does allow for some creative portrayals of space, as well as forcing us to focus on the characters and all of their issues.

This is perhaps the most emotionally honest we’ve seen Charlie (which isn’t saying much), and the freest we’ve seen Vita (which is saying something), and that is a striking thing to behold. The artistic team did a brilliant job showcasing these changes, with their expressions being open to read and enjoy.

Ro Stein and Ted Brandt were the lead artists for this issue, working alongside Triona Farrell for colors and Cardinal Rae for lettering. Together you can tell that they had a bit of fun, while also providing us with several dynamic scenes worth talking about.

Conclusion

Crowded #11 was a dynamic and charming read, one that pitted our two leading characters against one another, all while forcing them very far out of their element. The twists and turns in this series have been both highly engaging and unpredictable—and worth checking out. I personally can’t wait to see what happens next.


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Cat Wyatt

Cat Wyatt is an avid comic book reader, as well as a reader of novels. Her favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy, though she's usually willing to try other genres as well. Cat collects Funko Pop figures, Harry Potter books (different editions), and has more bookshelves than she's willing to admit.

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