Cover image for Crosswind. Volume one / Gail Simone, writer ; Cat Staggs, illustrator ; Simon Bowland, letterer.
Crosswind. Volume one / Gail Simone, writer ; Cat Staggs, illustrator ; Simon Bowland, letterer.
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Publication Information:
Portland, OR : Image Comics, Inc., 2018.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm.
General Note:
Originally published in single magazine form as Crosswind, No. 1-6.
A slick and ruthless Chicago hitman. A smart but downtrodden Seattle housewife. When an inexplicable event strikes these two random strangers, their bodies, souls, and lives are switched--to potentially deadly effect.
Audience/Reading Level:
Rated M / Mature.
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Goodfellas meets Freaky Friday in thismind-bending new ongoing series from Fan-favorite creators GAIL SIMONE (WonderWoman, Batgirl, Deadpool, Secret Six, Birds of Prey) and CAT STAGGS (Adventuresof Supergirl, Smallville Season 11, Wonder Woman'77).

A slick and ruthless Chicagohitman.

A smart but downtroddenSeattle housewife.

When aninexplicable event strikes these two random strangers, their bodies, souls, andlives are switched--to potentially deadlyeffect.
Collects issues1-6.
Early praise forCROSSWIND:

"CROSSWIND will sneak upon you from behind and knock you sideways. Gail Simone is at her absolutesharpest, and Cat Staggs's art is daring and sexy. Freakin' impressive is whatit is...!"
--Cully Hamner (RED, TheQuestion)

"Cat Staggs's art willgrab you by the throat and kick you in the teeth. This is one creepyride."
--Joe Harris (ROCKSTARS,X-Files)

"Freaky Friday--yes!But dark and twisted and such great art and page composition. And glints ofhumour. This is great, kinetic, mind-warping work. Art reminded me of Chaykin'sThe Shadow meets Bill Sienkiewicz. I lovethis."
--Ian Rankin (InspectorRebus novels)

"Image has done itonce again. The company put its faith in a stellar creative team, let theirimaginations run wild, and the result is another must-readcomic."

"Honest,smart and brave.10/10!"

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Simone (Clean Room) and Staggs (Star Trek) opt for brutal action over easy comedy in this excellent supernatural thriller series opener starring Chicago assassin Cason Ray Bennett and Seattle housewife Juniper Elanore Blue. Both are facing a stressful evening-Cason literally cleaning up the mess of a murder performed by his boss's grandson, and Juniper cooking dinner for her husband's boss-when Mr. Vox, a man sleeping on the street, grabs Cason's hand and issues a prophecy that the characters will switch their minds and bodies. After a painful jump, Cason takes to the new role a bit quicker than Juniper does, but neither is safe from the wrath of Vox or Cason's old associate, Cruz. There is dark humor here, a sort of vicious schadenfreude in which those deserving of pain receive it. The painterly artwork-realistic sketched figures and backgrounds filled in with watercolor-style washes-defines characters and action while still appearing slightly unfinished. While this volume can be read as a genre formula with a twist, readers who dig deeper will find sharp commentary on issues of gender identity and stereotyping in body swap stories. These elements are illuminated by an interview with transgender writer and actor Charles Battersby in the back matter. For fans of the genre, this is a debut not to be missed. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

Case Bennett isn't himself, he's in the body of suburbanite Juniper Blue. And the handsome, brash hit man must now cope with a weaselly bully of a husband, while the beleaguered Juniper-pushed around by everybody-in Case's body, is responsible for cleaning up a mishandled hit. How Case and Juniper manage their dilemmas, join forces against psychopath Cruz, and discover the who and why behind the switch emerge in gripping drama. Masterfully orchestrated by Simone (Wonder Woman; Batgirl; Birds of Prey), the plot integrates yet subverts gender expectations, sending Case-as-Juniper to transgender neighbors for help and nicely resolving challenges posed by the hit man's lover. The dead-on dialog evokes empathy and glee as Juniper and Case draw skills from both original and new identities. With nuanced photorealism, Staggs (Supergirl; Smallville) dramatizes character mannerisms, beautifully capturing body swap subtleties with clue-filled coloring. Collects single issues 1-6 of the series. Verdict With a deft hand, the creators blend social justice issues into this fast-paced thriller that never loses sight of the characters' humanity amid the action, horror, and chuckles. Crime fiction comics buffs and those interested in stories focused on gender and identity will relish this one. Soon to be released as a TV series, with Simone as executive producer and Staggs as consulting producer.-Martha Cornog, Philadelphia © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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