Advance Review: CrossStar #1
CrossStar was created and written by Wayne Gardner, Ron Adrian is on pencils, Alex Lei is on ink, PC Siqueira on colors, and Zach Matheny rounded things out with letters. The story is about a former Brooklyn police detective named Basil Burroughs who is a few years away from retirement. Burroughs takes a desk job in a New Jersey suburb to appease his wife, then all hell breaks loose.
We start out with Burroughs narrating a scene about a cop’s guilt when they show up too late. People say it isn’t the cops fault, but other things tell him it is. The story flashes back to 9 days prior where Burroughs is starting his new assignment as a desk jockey in Jersey. We get the obligatory scenes of the other cops busting his chops about being a pencil pusher now. It seems like some of the cops are involved in some shady business. Burroughs backstory is explained and shows us why he is taking the new assignment. He was a poor husband who cheated on his wife. He tried to his best to make it up to her so he can regain her trust. SO far he has been doing a pretty good job. After working on a case, he is jumped by a couple of thugs. More on that later. After that close call, his wife wants him to play it safe until retirement and he obliges.
Right when things look like they’re going to calm down, an armored truck crushes through the precinct. Burroughs springs into action, but then thinks better of it. A costumed figure emerges and makes quick work of the cops. We learn this is CrossStar. Not a lot is known about the costumed figure. He is only called CrossStar by people because of the dagger-like shurikens he throws with amazing accuracy. Burroughs recognizes the costumed figure; he was involved with the case that led to him getting injured. We see CrossStar cross paths with Burroughs during that attack on the precinct.
The story is good overall. Some of the dialogue is cliché and cheesy in places, especially with Burroughs. His favorite word appears to be “Ejit.” There is a strong Commissioner Gordon/Batman vibe throughout the book. We even get a little joke about it in a scene where CrossStar is called Mr. Bat Man. The art is handled very well. Each character looks distinct and pops off the page. The panel layout is done expertly and used to great effect.
Bottom Line: CrossStar is the first in a planned seven issue story by Crucidel Productions, and it’s a nice introduction story. We learn about our characters and delve into the mystery of who or what CrossStar is and whether he is a good guy or bad. Looking at the website and some of the character profiles, it looks like the other books are going to be really interesting. It’s a good indie book you should check out. It has some great art and what appears to be shaping up as a great story. I give CrossStar #1 a 3.5/5.