Comic Book Review: DC’s Crimes of Passion #1

This Ensemble Comic Book Puts Incoming #1 to Shame

Cover for DC"s Crimes of Passion #1. Depicts Batman, Catwoman, and Nightwing.
Cover for DC”s Crimes of Passion #1. Comic book cover by Yasmine Putri.

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Credits:

  • Writers – Steve Orlando, Stephanie Phillips, Sam Johns, James Tynion IV, Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Sina Grace, Jordan Clark, Mat Groom, Jay Baruchel, Liz Erickson, & Ram V.
  • Art – Greg Smallwood, Riley Rossmo, Gleb Melnikov, Paul Fry (credited for Pencils), Mike Norton, Kieran McKeown (credited for Pencils), Anthony Spay (credited for Pencils), Andie Tong, Abel, & John Paul Leon.
  • Ink – Mark Farmer, Dexter Vines, Jason Paz, & Wade Von Grawbadger.
  • Colors – Greg Smallwood, Jordie Bellaire, Luis Guerrero, Jeromy Cox, Hi-Fi, Adriano Lucas, Arif Prianto, Steve Oliff, John Kalisz & John Paul Leon.
  • Letters – Clem Robins, Troy Peteri, Andworld Design, Steve Wands, & Tom Napolitano.
  • Editors – Alex Antone & Dave Wielgosz.
  • Cover – Yasmine Putri.

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Man oh man was I surprised to have absolutely loved this comic book. I went into it a bit wary because the last ensemble book I read was Incoming #1. I liked that one but it was still a bit of a let-down. DC’s Crimes of Passion #1 restored my faith in what large groups of comics creators can do when they come together. This issue consists of 10 different, full stories. They don’t just act as filler or as an introduction to a new book. You don’t need to read anything other than this book to understand what is going on. The art varies but is top-notch all throughout. I say drop the $10 on this one!

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You are now exiting the spoiler-free zone. Do yourself a favor and stop reading if you don’t want any spoilers.

The first story is Batman in “More than Maybe”. This one has an old-school Gotham vibe to it, as if we were reading an old Batman comic book. Bruce Wayne writes a letter to his lover, ultimately allowing his anger to control his life. It’s powerful in that it shows just what Batman has to give up as a human being in order to do what he does. The second story is Wildcat in “Pulling Punches”. I’m not too familiar with Wildcat, but he’s a boxer who wears a dark black cat suit similar to Marvel’s Black Panther. In this story he has to help his boxing opponent save his girlfriend from gangsters.

Pied Piper in “Secret Admirer” is our third story. This is one of the few stories in this book that put LGBTQ relationships front-and-center. I just want to say that I appreciate that, as inclusion and representation are important. The Pied Piper is called by a mysterious criminal who collects super-tech from both superheroes and super villains. This criminal needs Pied Piper to test out his latest find to see if it’s legitimate. Green Arrow and Black Canary in “The Crimson Bomber” is the fourth story. This one deals with a child who has been dealt a bad hand, and has decided to become the evil villain The Crimson Bomber. Green Arrow and Black Canary must do what they can to protect this kid from himself.

There are six more stories jam-packed in this single comic book issue. It’s insane the amount of work put into this one. All of the stories are self-contained AND short. That makes this entire giant-size comic book easily digestible. I could go on with the rest of them but I’d rather you just buy the book and see for yourself. This one might be a hard sell because of its $9.99 price tag. But I assure you, compared to what else is out there, this one is worth it. Don’t forget that you can help me out by using my Amazon affiliate link above to purchase the book. I still include the other links because not everyone wants to buy from Amazon and that’s OK. Leave a comment and share this review with your friends, if you will. Thanks for reading!

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