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16 августа 2018, 11:37

Buy This Comic: CROWDED #1


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“Ten minutes in the future, the world runs on an economy of job shares and apps, including Reapr: a crowdfunding platform to fund assassinations. Charlie Ellison leads a quiet, normal life until she’s suddenly targeted by a million-dollar Reapr campaign. Hunted by all of Los Angeles, Charlie hires Vita, the lowest-rated bodyguard on the Dfend app. As the campaign picks up speed, they’ll have to figure out who wants Charlie dead before the campaign’s 30 days—or their lives—are over.”

CROWDED #1(W): Christopher Sebela (P): Ro Stein (I): Ted Brandt (C): Triona Farrell (L): Cardinal Rae

We spend our life day to day with apps. Now, it’s easy to get any job associated with those apps. We become more accessible as we look for jobs driving, dogsitting, babysitting and more. It’s becoming readily available. You can do more in multiple positions and get fast cash while still maintaining a bit of comfortable living. Crowded #1 seems to be the downside of all of this. This new Image series is something unique and unconventional. It mixes the downside of apps with the down and deadly side of crowdfunding. In this vast life, we allow technology to take over our lives and the consequences that come with them.

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Is there a story that Christopher Sebela can’t write? Honestly, who allowed him to be this good? Crowded is another phenomenal comic that readers will be able to add to their Sebela bibliography. Crowded #1 delivers a unique and unconventionally narrative that Sebela is so damn good at. He’s a master craftsman of creating worlds that are relatable. However, he spins it all the way around to deliver something we’ve never seen before. With Crowded #1, he takes the futuristic side of crowdfunding and job apps, taking it up a notch with assassins and murder. He spins it and creates a quirky and fun narrative. All of it driven by an unlikely and suspect situation mixed with a fantastical comedic situation, and you’ll love every gigabit of it ever.

Something that strikes you immediately about this story is the characters, especially our main two Charlie, the hunted and Vita, the protector. These two are a mess in themselves. If this were a different situation, you wouldn’t put these two in a room together. They could not be more opposite, but that’s something that works brilliantly within the story and makes it unbelievably fascinating to read. Sebela bounces them off of each other, containing and combining them in an impossible scenario with chemistry like no other. They don’t trust each other and hardly know each other. It’s like they’re put in this scenario to understand each other for better or worse. Characters are something that Sebela excels in including his worldbuilding and with Crowded #1, both of his skill sets come together to create a something out of this world.

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Ro Stein and Ted Brandt are magic together. The two of them could not be in more in sync with the visuals they bring to these pages. Ro Stein takes over pencils, and I am in love with their art. It’s zany, kooky, offbeat, fast-paced and brilliant. Stein drips this it in details with their art, exaggerating details almost styled in the way of FLCL (Fooly Cooly). With Stein’s art, it feels like Brandt’s inks are what’s stopping it from completely flying off the page. Brandt is low-key one of my favorite inkers because he inks down to the very last detail and leaves nothing undone. In that, Brandt brings Stein’s pencils to the front, allowing the work to be a showcase in itself. It’s a rarity when two people come into a comic and create something that feels so naturally them.

For the both of them, something that stands out for the visuals themselves are the character designs. I’m an absolute sucker for good character design, and Vita and Charlie could not be more opposite both character-wise, but also visually. White and back, pink and yellow, tall and short, it’s the opposite in every way possible. The way they carry themselves also bring another tremendous visual element that Stein and Brandt bring to the comic. This is also where that brilliant FLCL element comes back into play. From the facial expressions, the clothes, the movements, and more, every panel is something different for the characters. Stein and Brandt craft that world for Sebela, giving readers a peek into their creative hive. However, Triona Farrell also plays a vital role in what brings this comic into greatness with her colors.

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I don’t get to say the words “muted neon explosion” together a lot. I’d like to say it for Triona Farrell’s colors in Crowded #1. Farrell’s colors allow the mood of this comic to be high octane and as eccentric and wacky as it needs to be. She gives such an enthusiastic and dangerous mood to her colors. This allows you to get even more excited about each of the panels as you brace yourself for what happens next. Farrell enhances what Stein and Brandt give in their pencils and inks. She’s fantastic with the colors she brings to the forefront while also illuminating the right kind of lighting sources. She lets almost every color to explode on these pages in one way or another.

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Cardinal Rae’s letters have so much personality within them, and it’s the last piece of this creative puzzle that honestly brings this thing together in such a cohesive and killer way. Rae places in a way that lets both of the characters personalities shine with their lettering. Not only by placing them with their colors (which is a very nice touch), but also placing in a way where you can dishing the different voice-overs. Rae also places where they let the art shine through and places for the comedic timing of the facial expressions and actions in the panels to Sebela’s script.

Crowded #1 almost becomes like a character study in two completely different personalities brought together by cruel fate and it’s off to a hell of a good start. Crowded #1 is a wind-up of a ride that won’t stop now that it’s started. We’re along for the risks and rewards with these two characters and hope they can make it out of this alive, or without killing each other first. Crowded #1 is now available on ComiXology and your local comic shop.

8/15/2018 Releases – In addition to CROWDED #1, here’s a list of other new titles that came out this week that you should be reading.

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Source: https://www.geek.com/comics/buy-this-comic-crowded-1-1749283/?source=news