Image Comics’ Crossover #12 Let’s Negan Fight His Creator

Image Comics’ Crossover #12 lets Negan confront Kirkman as Cates tries to wrestle back control in this eye-catching, meta installment.

Imagine if all of the beloved comic book characters came to life one day, shattering the boundaries between fiction and reality. When writer Donny Cates takes a break from his godly escapades for Marvel Comics, he teams up with artist Geoff Shaw to bring other grandiose ideas to light. crossover, published by Image Comics, is a complex, metafictional tale where Cates imagines himself and his fellow writers as great architects of realities, borrowing characters from a number of franchises. The previous issue finally revealed the killer that had been murdering comic book writers out of spite as Negan from The Walking Dead. With such a shocking revelation, things are looking to heat up in crossover #12.

crossover #12, written by Donny Cates and Robert Kirkman with artwork by Geoff Shaw, Phil Hester, Klaus Janson, and Dee Cunniffe, unleashes one man’s murderous vengeance upon a world. Eight months ago, Negan made it to the palatial abode of the creator of The Walking Dead and the bane of his existence, Robert Kirkman. The luxury and pop culture memorabilia on display made Negan act out in rage against the mistreatment of comic book characters for amusement. Back in the present day, Negan is up to no good as usual and the only person who can stop him now is the one who started all of this in the first place.

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Negan meets his maker in Crossover #12

Writers often throw conflict and misery into the narrative to keep the readers engaged. crossover #12 is currently going through that same dramatic phase. While the drama peaks, the book does not stop criticizing the sacrifices that characters have to make to drive the story forward. Robert Kirkman writes the first few pages of the book before handing it over to Donny Cates, indulging in a meta-analysis of his own body of work. In a way, this serves as a deserving apology letter to his creations of him, who have faced a litany of trials and tribulations, while also serving as a form of catharsis. The rest of the story moves along splendidly, with Cates finding his moment of it at the forefront of the action.

The collaborative artwork of Phil Hester and Klaus Janson brings out the pathos in Kirkman’s writing. Their minimalistic art style wraps Kirkman’s world in materialistic tidbits and creates a suffocating, claustrophobic atmosphere, symbolizing the scribe’s spiral as he profits off the misery of his characters. Even the gore finds a fitting place within the work. Artist Geoff Shaw represents the present-day narrative with intense vigor and captures the likeness of his co-creator to the tee. The entire artwork gets a glow-up from Dee Cunniffe’s colors, which doesuse the work in eye-catching shades. As the story reaches its climax, the colors become exceedingly brighter, ushering in the turning point in the story.

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Pendleton and Donny Cates in Crossover #12

crossover #12 is a character-driven tale that takes Negan on a personal quest as he tries to remove himself from the shackles of his past. Meanwhile, none other than Donny Cates himself guides the heroes as they look to make a comeback. While it is a recurring joke in the series, Cates admittance of his likeness to Alan Moore and his God complex really brings the meta-commentary full circle. The story suggests that another writer may be pulling the strings from behind. As interesting as it may sound, at this point, that novelty has already worn off in this already overstuffed tale. crossover #12 ends with the jubilant entrance of the main cast, infusing new life into the crossover.

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