A Review: CRITTER (Ongoing) #1

The Fellowship was fortunate enough to obtain a copy of CRITTER #1 from Big Dog Ink. The story is by Tom Hutchinson with art and colors by Fico Ossio, and letters by Kel Nuttall.

Cassia Crawford is a second-generation hero. After learning to use her powers and for a short period was a member of C.O.R.E. (a team that her mother was on), Cassia has moved to Los Angeles to join a new group called Purrrfection. However, things are not as they seem, as they want her to abandon her costume and code name for another…Jose. While she is checking out L.A. and reflecting on her situation, Cassia encounters Jason, a photographer sent to cover the press conference announcing her introduction to the team. Out of nowhere, a man in a winged costume attacks them. Cassia gets in costume and quickly takes care of the attacker. While all of this is going on, a man hovers in the sky monitoring the situation. Who is he and where (or when) is he from?

This is a solid book with an enjoyable story, interesting characters and great art. I’m curious to know more about this Purrrfection team; are they true heroes, or a publicity stunt? Not sure. The hovering costumed man from the future looks like a threat to Cassia, but we don’t know why…yet. There is enough interest generated in this book for me to stay with CRITTER and hunt down the previous miniseries to see what I’ve missed. Granted, there is a “previously” page, but I still want to read them. Big Dog Ink is trying to fill a need in solo female superhero books. If this issue is any indication, they are doing a great job.

CRITTER #1 is in stores now and available at www.bigdogink.com.

~ Thomas

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