Wrapping Up The Crowd-Funded & Murdery First Arc In Crowded #6

by Brendan M. Allen

Trapped with the psychopathic streaming superstar Trotter on one side and all of Los Angeles carrying a weapon and a two-million-dollar-dream on the other, Charlie and Vita have only each other—and a few of the secrets they’ve been keeping from each other—to rely on for their survival.

When the last chapter wrapped, Vita and Charlie were headed straight into the mouth of madness. Trotter’s vision of the world’s biggest, deadliest mousetrap, anyway. Thing is, Trotter’s kind of a moron. His concept looks really, really cool on paper, except…Let’s just say there’s a reason this dude has a handler. The whole thing implodes almost instantly in the opening sequence of Crowded #6. That’s not to say Vita and Charlie are in the clear. The guy’s an idiot, but he’s well armed and he’s painted himself into a corner. Charlie has to die, like, now, or this dude’s career is in the toilet.
Christopher Sebela wraps up the first arc in style, introducing a brilliant government conspiracy subplot that plants the seeds of dissent that will drive Vita and Charlie apart, while setting us up for a change in scenery. Everything that’s happened so far in the story? We’re only three days into thirty.

As usual, Ro Stein, Ted Brandt, and Triona Farrell do an absolutely insane job bringing the action to the page in chapter six. Trotter’s hand drawn map of the mousetrap is a fun little inclusion, providing a road map for all the things that go wrong for the big fella in the following pages. It helps keep things straight for the reader when everything goes sideways in later pages.
Crowded #6 does everything it’s supposed to. Sebela and co. wrap up enough loose ends to provide a satisfying close to the first arc, while opening up whole new possibilities for the next chapter. The stakes keep rising, as the bounty on Charlie’s head quickly approaches a cool three million dollars.

Crowded #6, Image Comics, released 06 January 2019. Written by Christopher Sebela, pencils by Ro Stein, inks by Ted Brandt, colour by Triona Farrell, letters by Cardinal Rae, logo by Dylan Todd, variant cover by Naomi Franquis.

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