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Crossover Issue #7: Chip Zdarsky Shines with His "Meta" Storyline

Wait., so you're not reading Donny Cates' latest Image comic, Crossover? For those not caught up, the first collected volume is available now. What can I say about this book besides "stop what you're doing, read this book!" Cates' latest comic is nothing short of fantastic.

The run blends both the fictional world of comics and the outside world of reality as the universe of comics are brought to non-fictional life with some fantastic consequences.

For those who have been following Crossover from the start, there's no doubt that you've picked up Issue #7, which was written by Chip Zdarsky and penciled by comic legend Phil Hester. Wow, what an issue. So what happened in issue #7?

You may remember in Issue #1, there was a mention of Chip Zdarsky (a.k.a Steve Murray) and that he was missing. (AUTHOR'S NOTE: I gotta wonder if Issue #7 was always in the plan, or if it came about as the story unfolded.) Well, Issue #7 picks up where we see Zdarsky (I'll just call him Steve from now on) working in a burger joint fearing for his life. Yes, there is someone out there killing comic creators (Sorry, Brian K. Vaughn).

He eventually runs into his most feared character, from Sex Criminals #14, himself (aka, his pseudonym and alter ego, Chip Zdarsky).

After some seriously deep conversation and a little fist-to-cuffs, the two finally make peace and partner together to protect Steve from the comic killer.

Ultimately, the danger catches up to them, and the killer attacks!!! Comic book Chip makes the ultimate sacrifice so that Steve can escape.

In the final pages, Steve is seen seeking help from some unlikely characters... Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim from the book Powers by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oming. Powers was a book published by Image Comics from 2000 to 2004, then at Marvel Comics from 2004 until 2017, then at DC Comics from 2018 to 2020. It was also turned into a TV series on the PlayStation Network.

So what does this mean for Crossover? Will we see more of Steve in future issues? Does this mark the return of Powers at Image? I guess we'll have to wait and see. Regardless, if you're not on the Crossover train, get on. It's going to be an instant classic, and it's truly one of the most fun modern books on the shelf

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