The Three Million Dollar Girl Goes Underground: Reviewing Crowded #11

by Brendan M. Allen

Charlie and Vita look for safe harbor in a community of reformed cultists and militia nuts. And with their new romance in full bloom, everything is coming up Charlie. What could possibly go wrong?

Up until this point, Charlie has kept her darkest secrets close to her chest. In Crowded #11, we finally (FINALLY) start getting some reliable intel on who’s behind the REAPR campaign and why. Turns out, Ms. Charlie has had her hand in some pretty intense business. How intense? The bounty on her head has topped three million. 
Up until this point, it’s been Vita’s cool, detached demeanor and her vetted contacts that have kept the pair upright and breathing. Except, this time, she may have made a slight error in judgment. Really only just takes the once, though, doesn’t it?

Christopher Sebela takes this thing deep underground in Chapter Eleven. Secreting Charlie and Vita in a nearly impenetrable decommissioned missile silo seems like it would be a relatively safe bet. 
Initially, the lack of adrenaline and bullets flying leaves the young lovers in a little bit of a weird space. They don’t know how to handle peace when there’s no chaos to distract them from all that weird relationship stuff. So much bickering. Hopefully something will pop up that endangers both their lives. Oop. Wait. There it goes.

There isn’t a whole lot of action in this installment, but the art team of Ro Stein, Ted Brandt, and Triona Farrell have the interesting challenge of bringing their signature Crowded visuals into a giant concrete tube. There are a lot of new characters, and even though they’re all basically dressed in the same clothes, each of the new kids has a distinct, memorable look. They also each appear to be slightly “off,” which a is a hard thing to hit. Mostly normal, but with something dark lurking just beneath the surface. 
This appears to be the Alamo for Charlie and Vita. Once they rolled the dice on Ophelia, there’s no way to back out. One way or another, this thing is going to end in this concrete tube. Stay tuned.

Crowded #11, Image Comics, 05 February 2020. Line art by Ro Stein and Ted Brandt, color by Triona Farrell, script/design by Christopher Sebela, letters by Cardinal Rae, edited by Juliette Capra, logo by Dylan Todd, flatting by Katie O’Meara and Holley McKend, variant cover by Zoe Thorogood.

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