Book Title: CRIT #0-3
Book Description: CRIT is not just a story of a group of newmade superheroes learning to work together as a team, it’s also a journey of discovery for each of those individual characters. Each issue provides the characters within to explore a little more of their strengths and limitations. The series follows the team as they face challenges, develop their powers, and grapple with choices that test whether or not they can truly call themselves...superheroes.
Book Author: Christopher Michael
Book Format: Paperback
Publisher - Orgnization: Homebrewed Comics
Illustrator: Christopher Michael
Full Disclosure: Christopher Michael of Homebrewed Comics is also an ICD staff member. To the best of my ability, I have tried to judge and rate CRIT from a fan’s perspective. It should help that I was a fan of CRIT long before Chris joined the team.
CRIT #1 was actually one of the very first books to have a written review on this website! Before we even had a star-rating system, I reviewed CRIT based on the recommendation of several people, and I loved it! When Homebrewed repackaged CRIT #1 and added Issue 0, I knew I had to review the series again, this time with an official star rating!
CRIT is unique among indie comics, in that the characters represent real people. Chris and his friends live out the storyline via DnD Campaigns, so you truly never know what might happen next. As they say, CRIT happens. If I remember correctly, after each session, Chris transcribes and storyboards what happens and adapts it into a comic.
Issue 0 is a great addition to the series. It allows issue 1 to be more streamlined and helps build the world without bogging down issue 1. Now, with the revised issue 1, you can read issue 0 and go into issue 1 and purely experience the story!
Issue 1 is still my favorite in the series. The ending just makes you do a complete 180 on where you thought things were headed. It really is a fantastic read, and the revised edition just makes it better! Issue 2 is good, though a bit slower-paced than issue 1, and sets up issue 3 nicely and issue 3 leaves us on another cliffhanger!
The story of CRIT is great, but the dialogue and banter between characters really make the books great! Each character is represented perfectly through dialogue and, yes, even song. It makes me want to meet this group of guys in real life and play DnD with them!
The interior art is really solid and the covers are great! Chris keeps upping the game with every issue’s covers.
With our new harder rating system, I have only given 1 score recently higher than 3.9, and that book has the backing of a major studio behind it. CRIT comes in among one of the best indie series currently available. CRIT 4 is currently funding on Kickstarter, take my advice, get the series!
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