Writing - 8.5/10
Art - 9/10
Overall - 8.75/10
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Writer: Christopher Sebela
Artists: Ro Stein & Ted Brandt
Colorist: Triona Farrell
Letterer: Cardinal Rae
Logo: Dylan Todd
Publisher: Image Comics
Maturity Rating: T+
Release Date: July 3rd, 2019
No matter how hard Vita tries, it just does not seem like Charlie is willing to learn her lesson. As evidenced by their adventure in Crowded #7.
Charlie and Vita Are Back In Crowded #7
After a short break, Crowded is back and better than ever. For those that haven’t been following the series: Crowded is set in a world where one can crowdfund anything—including hits on people you don’t like. That’s what got Charlie in this mess, and Vita by proxy. Charlie is still not learning from past mistakes, and Vita is still doing her best to keep the dummy alive in Crowded #7. But we all kind of expected that, didn’t we? This series has been an amazing and sometimes comical ride. And hopefully, it isn’t planning on ending anytime soon.
Man, I hadn’t realized how much I missed this series until the break was over. And yes, Crowded #7 did make it all worth the wait. So that’s something. Like some of the previous issues, this one starts off with some action, and then takes the time to bring things back around.
Christopher Sebela is the writer, and he’s just been nailing it lately. This issue is no exception to that rule. While I may have a love/hate relationship with Charlie, I adore Vita and everything about her. I also have no doubt that Sebela wrote both characters with the intent of causing these differing reactions.
On the whole, this issue did a good job of balancing the action, the humor, and the drama. I’d say that there was probably a touch more humor and action, but I’m okay with that. At least our unlikely duo has a plan, and are making progress towards it. Even if that progress is on a bit of a sliding scale.
There were plenty of highlights in Crowded #7. The character interactions are one, of course. You can see how much effort went into planning them. But the secondary characters and their actions were also fairly interesting, and provided the stark contrast necessary for this specific plot.
The art in Crowded #7 was so much fun! I know that sounds like a slightly off description, but bear with me. The style itself has always been kind of loose and free, so it lends well to some of the crazier scenes, including the battles. But this issue takes all of that a step further.
There was a lot of fighting in this issue, but the fights were fairly different from one another. Drastically so. And, dare I say that the artists did a fantastic job of showing what the difference in skill can mean in a fight?
Three artists worked on this issue, so it’s really no surprise that we got such an intense result. Ro Stein and Ted Brandt provided the linework, while Triona Farrell did the colors. Together they brought us some truly fantastic scenes. And bonus points for all of the wardrobe changes. Can Vita dress like that all the time, pretty please?
Series like Crowded prove why it’s worth it to be patient when a series goes on break. Crowded #7 wasn’t afraid to take some risks, or have some fun. I’ve mentioned the fight scenes several times, because they were awesome. But the character development and interactions were also amazing, as was all of the artwork in general.
It’s great to see this series going again. And while this issue didn’t end on a cliffhanger, I really am looking forward to seeing the next issue. I can’t wait to see what sort of mess Charlie gets into next!
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