After two years of waiting, one of my favorite comics Crossing has finally returned. After successfully launching the Kickstarter for issue 1 and delivering in 2016, fans like myself have been salivating for more of this story. The agony of waiting that fan have had to suffer through is now over as Red Stylo Media has started a new Kickstarter to fund issues 2 and 3 (yes two issues this time). As with issue 1, Crossing issues 2 and 3 will again feature with words by Enrica Jang, pictures by Alex Cormack and letters by Mark Mullaney.
For those that are not familiar, Crossing tells the story of a rookie commuter train conductor (M.C. Tejada) who has the misfortune of having a young women jump in front of his train on his very first day of work. What ensues in an exploration in comedy as the 6 issues series will examine what happens when an annoying goth princess haunts the rookie train conductor who ran over her. The story unfolds as Tejada’s life is further complicated when the ghost of Nina (the girl who jumped) begins to haunt him.
Issue 1 is an excellent opening the to mini series. The depiction of M.C. and his struggle with the aftermath of that faithful day is great. You really get a good sense of what he is going through emotionally before and after the accident. It only helps to illustrate how “unhinged” he becomes after Nina shows up in his life.
Issue 2 finds M.C. and Nina realizing that their situation isn’t as unique as they both had believed. Outside of our main two protagonists, the issue also introduces us to Nina’s sister as we start to see how the tragedy is impacting her and the lives of those around her. The issue continues the quality of issue 1 while peeling back the layers of this world and it’s characters at a perfect pace.
One of the things that we love about the literary medium is its ability to tell a story with a host of assorted characters in unique situations. One of the greatest aspects of comics is that these stories are told with not only a writer’s words, but also with the artist’s pencils and inks. Sometimes these collaborations don’t always work but when the right creative team gets crossed together, that’s when the magic happens. Such is the case with Crossing. If you are interested in backing the Kickstarter, please follow the link below.