In Crosswind #2, Gail Simone and Cat Staggs continue to prove why they are a team to be reckoned with. After a solid first issue, where Cason Bennett and Juniper Blue find themselves transported into the bodies of one another, at a most inopportune time for each, they’ve just received orders from the person responsible for the predicament. Both of them receive a phone call challenging each to complete the task at hand for their new body, or risk being stuck in this new, foreign life forever.
This story is a fresh take on something we’ve seen in movies and literature before; the ability to walk in someone else’s shoes and learn to deal with life in a new and challenging way. Gail Simone, (with her smooth as a baby shark writing), has a knack for creating characters who are both convincing and unapologetically real. Both Cason and Juniper are challenged to explore a side of themselves which has been suppressed, or may not have previously been known to them. Simone seems to be thriving in giving the inner strength and arrogance of a hit-man to an underappreciated housewife. The housewife seems to be challenging the moral compass of the hit-man as well. I’m genuinely interested to see what each of them learn from the experience.
Illustrator, Cat Staggs is clearly on the same page with Simone, as she has done a superb job of bringing the proper emotion to the characters after the switch. You witness a new cockiness in the expressions of Juniper Blue, and Cason Bennett starts the issue appearing to be scared out of his wits. If you’ve not read the first issue of Crosswind, I encourage you to pick it up to see the difference in mannerisms the characters express after they shift bodies.
This new offering from Image Comics is off to a strong start. Great writing and fabulous illustrations bring these new characters and story to the forefront of books worth paying attention to. The foundation has been build, and we’ve been introduced to the cast. It’s now time to buckle up and enjoy the roller coaster we’ve all stepped onto.
Story: Gail Simone
Art / Cover / Variant Cover: Cat Staggs