[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]
Writer: Steve Orlando
Artist: Davide Tinto
Colorist: Francesca Carotenuto
Letterer: Fabio Amelia
Reviewed by: Carl Bryan
“We don’t answer to flags anymore. We answer to those that are in danger! – Frontier
The last survivors of the Multiverse live among us under new, superheroic identities, five survivors of doomed worlds…taking a second chance to ensure our world lives on.
A new twist on strange superhero comics, with a bleeding-edge eye on the modern moment, COMMANDERS IN CRISIS follows in the footsteps of Doom Patrol and Thunderbolts as five unexpected heroes come together to solve a murder unlike any other. The victim? Compassion itself…This is “ideacide”!
Commanders in Crisis #3 – The Crisis Command interrogates a ticking clock corpse! But how can heroes save a world without empathy? First, they have to figure out how to save it within themselves, as Nina Next, the incredible science hero Frontier, takes John Doe Empathy out on the town…to discuss their secrets.
A new series by acclaimed writer STEVE ORLANDO (Wonder Woman, Doom Patrol: Milk Wars, Martian Manhunter) and artist DAVIDE TINTO (Marvel Action: Spider-Man), an intense, weird action thriller reminding us about the importance of compassion and hope in the present moment, and putting fists to faces along the way!
The very idea of turning a concept into a human being and then murdering it is….brilliant. In this case, What better way to place the world in danger than to slowly extract particular emotions from the entire world such as empathy and compassion to where you can arguably sway an entire country to go in a puppet master’s direction. Steve Orlando hits a home run with this idea as well as his extraction of five very diverse presidents from different versions of Earth…each with unique powers and preferences. I do applaud Orlando’s way of appealing to everyone in this comic. Simply put, a reader of comics would love to see themselves in the action…and Orlando does that by celebrating diversity. In Orlando’s world(s), you can grow up to be President one day! Well done! He also provides quite the philosophical choice…you have given a murder victim one more day to live…are they going to literally investigate the crime the entire time or allow this victim one more day to simply live. If you had one more day and you knew it…what would you do? Whew….this comic in three issues got real heavy in a good way!
Davide Tinto and Francesca Carotenuto – their lines are clean, their colors are vivid, and the frames are perfect for this comic. They tell a story within a story, and they work so well with Orlando’s script! This type of art is so worthy of posters and entire murals! Well done to both!
Placing such diverse characters in one comic and having them immediately gel might be far fetched. However, Orlando provides a story that is both hopeful and one in which we can hang some real world aspirations on!
Positives (Third Round!)
I cannot wait to see what is around the corner. The clock is ticking and their arguably is a larger hit list that the political evil is after. Orlando has immediately immersed us into a world with characters that we didn’t know, but we can see ourselves in. That is no easy task, but he did it!
New Heroes are hard to come by. Image is the perfect playground for this comic and what a skill set for heroes…former commander-in-chiefs with super powers. Let’s see how this all plays out!