Indie Comics Review: Commanders in Crisis #11

by Carl Bryan
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Review: Commanders in Crisis #11


[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]

Publisher: Image Comics

Writer: Steve Orlando

Artist: Davide Tinto

Colorist: Francesca Carotenuto

Letterer: Fabio Amelia

Reviewed by: Carl Bryan


“The sound you hear is a Global Death Rattle!” – Narrator

The last survivors of the Multiverse live among us under new, super heroic identities, five survivors of doomed worlds…taking a second chance to ensure our world lives on.

A new twist on strange superhero comics, 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 #11 – The fate of all existence comes down to a fistfight. The credits DO say STEVE ORLANDO after all.

This is a blockbuster! Every hero left on the last Earth left in the last reality left turns out against the Extinction Society. It’s a final race to stave off the very destruction we’ve brought on ourselves.

Can we be good enough, long enough? We better hope so, because the fate of our Earth might’ve once rested in the hands of the Crisis Command, but they just put it in ours.


First, I know we are now at issue #11 out of 12, but if you are reading this review and deciding whether you should go back and give this comic a try, then hit the following link.  Issue #1 is available for free and is your starting point for where we are now….a crisis!

Steve Orlando is quite the philosopher.  His voice really shines through in the narration as we see widespread panic of what is the final version of Earth.  It’s a mini class on philosophy as Orlando’s heroes don’t only use fisticuffs to solve problems!

Orlando also sets up a Crisis Command versus Extinction Society showdown.  I often ponder how you offer names to new characters, leagues, societies, etc when comics have been around for so long.  Applause for the efforts, satire, tongue in cheek commentary, and down right strong writing of Orlando for his efforts on this front!

Orlando thrives in a mini-series.  While I wondered if there was any longevity in these heroes, this book series could arguably be one of the Netflix mini-series as well as it is tight and well scripted!  Kudos to Orlando in creating Presidents that show both compassion, diversity, and power all rolled into various heroes all readers can see themselves in!


Positives (more…)

I continue to applaud the craft of 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!  The battle scenes are clever and not over the top.  Graphic but not dark.

Negatives… but not really

No negatives in terms of script or art…at all.  As with all of Orlando’s work, he is a very passionate writer and his work teeters on sexuality a lot.  Young readers in comics should  know what they are getting in an Orlando book.  It’s not a bad thing at all, but the sexuality is there, so be aware parents, as you are not getting the “Bam, Poof, Argh” of regular comics.  This is deep and conversation worthy!


The issues get better and better.  The story line gets stronger and stronger.  Go back and purchase issues 1-10, and pick this issue up as well!  You’ll be glad you added this to the collection!  Again, note that the script continues to get deep and thought provoking, the art pushes the edges in story telling and the colors are as vivid as any comic produced.  Image has a hit on its hands.


5outof5 DC Comics News

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