After laying the groundwork for this new world of super heroes, Commanders in Crisis plunges headfirst into a massive event-style storyline. The last survivors of the multiverse, having served as the President of the United States in their own worlds, now try to save the last one as Crisis Command. Their latest mission has an ominous tone as the personification of empathy has been found dead. What does that mean for humanity?
Commanders in Crisis is a terrific comic, however the entire plot of this issue is ruined by the solicitation copy. The big reveal at the end of this chapter is spelled out in black-and-white on the description so that’s a bummer. It’s still a fun journey to get to that point though.
Writer Steve Orlando peppers in some additional tidbits on the origins of some of the characters, primarily Prizefighter, as we see the final days of his Earth. It reframes how we’ve seen him act so far, adding some valuable perspective. This happens while also driving the plot forward at a breakneck pace.
You feel the weight of this mystery bearing down on Crisis Command. They’ve all seen what this can usher in first hand. Knowing that empathy is dead, it also puts the events of the issue in a new light. You look at arguments differently as you know they’re not seeing the other’s side. You know how people argue about stuff online? It’s like that, but in real life.
Although this is a super hero comic, the characters aren’t unrealistic. They’re not huge beings made of muscle. The women are made up of more than just boobs and hips. Artist Davide Tinto’s designs look like real people. Sure, these folks might stand a little straighter as they’re used to that leadership role and responsibility, but they’re still normal human beings under it all.
I love the camera angles Tinto uses throughout Commanders in Crisis #2. There are some scenes that are just people talking, yet they’re never shown from the same shot. We see them from all angles and it keeps the conversation moving. It also keeps us glued to the page.
Colorist Francesca Carotenuto makes it clear that this is a super hero comic with a vibrant palette. The colors really pop, especially when someone taps into their powers. There are these bursts of bright color that signify the super heroic side of these characters.
Speaking of power usage, letterer Fabio Amelia makes Sumaira’s abilities stand out. This could be hard to do in comics as her powers come from speaking. In a movie or TV show, they could have altered her voice. Here, Amelia uses a mystical font that pops on the page. It captures your focus entirely, making it clear that this is super important.
Commanders in Crisis is delivering something new and exciting to the super hero genre. It’s much more than just big people punching each other. It delves into politics and raw emotion. It has layers. It’s fascinating. If you’re tired of seeing the same heroes fight the same villains over and over again, do yourself a favor and check this book out.