"Crossing #2" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by Red Stylo Media
Written by Enrica Jang
Illustrated by Alex Cormack
Colored by Mark Mullaney
2018, 24 Pages
M.C. and Nina's lives are tied together. The only difference is that she's dead and he isn't. He's the train engineer that ended her life when she stumbled onto the tracks, but Nina swears she didn't kill herself. Now they're like a macabre version of The Odd Couple and it's driving M.C. crazy. He seeks help at a paranormal support group and meets a few others that are in a similar situation, although they're not ready to strangle a ghost like he is.
Crossing takes some interesting turns with its sophomore issue. While the first chapter dropped us into this world and provided just enough of a mystery, this one expands upon that premise with more questions and a few clarifications. Writer Enrica Jang establishes the rules of this world, such as how the ghosts work and who can see them.
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There's a big eye-opening plot detail early in this issue that raises a ton of questions. I'm not going to give it away here. Suffice it to say, it is a very intriguing idea and I am looking forward to seeing it fully explored throughout the rest of the series. It's a major clue to the larger narrative and I don't know all the details just yet, but I'm very much hooked.
Based on his work here and in other titles like Sink, it's clear that artist Alex Cormack can draw anything. Crossing isn't full of blood and gore (yet), but it is packed with emotion. Every one is on display here from happiness to anger to sadness. Cormack can do them all, showing so much about a character with their facial expressions.
This is particularly helpful for the support group scenes as we get a quick understanding of the personalities at play. Yes, there are introductions, but that only tells you their name and how they died, not what they're like. That comes through in the artwork.
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Nina is especially expressive, going from peppy and excitable to blood-curdling screams at a moment's notice. Although she's dead, she seems full of life. Colorist Mark Mullaney gives her an ethereal glow that works well with her pale skin. No other ghosts seems to have that same amount of light. I wonder if that makes Nina special or if it's just due to the recency of her death.
M.C. and Nina are stuck together, for better or worse. This has made for an interesting and fun dynamic. As the two start to see eye-to-eye, I anticipate the mystery of Nina's death will start to take center stage, making for a buddy comedy tale aimed at solving her murder. The interaction between the two main characters elevates Crossing past a great premise. It delivers a solid story with dynamite art and an ending that will have you begging for more.
At the time of this writing, writer Enrica Jang is currently using Kickstarter to raise funds for the release of Crossing #2 and #3.