Society has always feared the different, a tale told in many stories over the years. However, in the debut issue of Crashing the creative team is able to tell the tale in a unique way.
Rose Osler is a specialist. Her focus? Patients with Powers… at a hospital with a No Powered Patients policy. When a battle between Boston’s protectors and destroyers erupts, Rose is trapped between saving the city’s beloved hero by day and greatest villain at night. Except Rose could become a casualty when she’s forced to risk her recovery. As Rose pushes past her limits to save everyone else, will she be able to save herself?
Crashing was written by Matthew Klein, illustrations and cover by Morgan Beem (Swamp Thing, Wonder Woman Black & Gold), colors by Triona Farrell (Rogues Gallery, Shadow Service), and lettering by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou (Red Sonja, There’s Something Wrong With Patrick Todd).
Although the beginning of the story has been heard before, Klein and Beem have the been able to show unique perspectives and a nice change of pace with multiple story levels and vies. The different art styling, colors and text boxes of Beem and Otsmane-Elhaou just adds to the uniqueness of the story.
Crashing deals with some touchy subjects to a few people, but dealing with addiction gives the story depth and meaning. The selflessness of the main character Rose allows the reader to deeply fall for her. As a New Englander, the stage set at Mass General just adds to my love for this book.
The debut issue was in our list of comic books to look forward to in September, but I left the issue to last of those new issues. I made that mistake. Crashing #1 might be my favorite comic book of September, one of the top books of 2022, and definitely the best comic of September 21, 2022 releases.
Looking forward to see where Rose takes her story in the second issue coming to your local comic book shop on October 19, 2022.