I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma. ~ Eartha Kitt
Published November 26th 2020
What do you do when the internet turns against you?
In the very near future, the gig economy has taken over day to day life. You can crowdfund anything, even an assassination, using an app called Reapr. Charlie Ellison wakes up on what she thinks will be a normal day to find that a campaign has been started to have her killed. When funding reaches over a million dollars in 24 hours Charlie can't go anywhere without looking over her shoulder. Out of desperation, she hires Vita, the lowest-rated body guard on another app called Dfend. If the two of them can just lie low for 30 days Charlie will be safe, but that depends on her trusting Vita and behaving herself.
Crowded is an action-packed comic, written by Christopher Sebela and illustrated by Ro Stein (Bitch Planet and The Mighty Captain Marvel) and Ted Brandt (Princeless). The art brought the action and characters to life, and I really enjoyed the story. The book starts out as mainly social satire with the use of technology taken to extremes, and people like Trotter, who is basically a YouTube star who murders people.
There is also some personal drama, with glimpses of Vita's love life with her police officer ex-girlfriend, as well as plenty of action, complete with car chases and explosions. The warrior librarians made me laugh, as did the derpy looking chihuahua that Charlie kidnapped.
Crowded is a fun, page-turner of a comic that doesn't take itself too seriously. By the end of volume 1, it still hasn't been revealed what, if anything, Charlie did to deserve a contract being put out on her, so I will definitely be picking up volume 2 to find out.