Title: Crowded #4
Writer: Christopher Sebela
Artist: Ted Brandt, Triona Farrell, Ro Stein
Cover: Ted Brandt, Triona Farrell, Claire Roe, Ro Stein
Publication Date: November 7, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: Following their move into (much) closer quarters, Charlie and Vita get to know each other better. But the results might be more disastrous than the incompetent crowdfunded gunmen hunting them across Los Angeles. As Vita struggles with the fallout of losing her only sense of security, Charlie looks for a way to slip free of her leash, placing her directly in the crosshairs of Trotter, who’s hoping his hugest kill yet will launch him back to the top of death charts. Rebel Wilson has optioned the rights with the goal of starring in and producing the movie adaptation. Wilson will develop the project and produce it via her Camp Sugar production banner. Also producing is Oni Entertainment.
Vita’s house is on fire, the police are burying her in paperwork, and Charlie has run off, again! It’s just another day working to keep Charlie alive, and with her Reapr campaign now over two million, Vita is going to have her work cut out for her. As gunman across city attempt to track down the two million dollar girl, Trotter gears up for the ultimate cash in, the two million payment and all the video sales that come with it. As Trotter closes in on Charlies, how much longer can Vita keep her alive if she continues to disappear?
Christopher Sebela takes a step back from the high octane action to explore some of the crazy characters in Crowded. In Crowded #4, Sebela explores the backstories of Trotter, Vita, and Charlie. While, Charlie’s backstory has been the one readers are most interested in, as we try and figure out why so many people want the woman dead. Yet, it’s Trotter that steals the show in this issue, as Sebela adds surprising details to his storyline. He may be the heartthrob of the Reapr world, but Trotter’s got a boat load of secrets and emotional baggage behind that altered ego exterior. Of course, it’s not all fun and games in Crowded #4, Charlie runs off, again, and finds herself in a whole new mess of trouble, with no Vita to save her. The big question this issue, why do so many people want Charlie dead? I’m beginning to think it has something to do with her deeply self-centered nature.
It takes a village, and the artistic team of Crowded has yet to disappoint. Ted Brandt, Triona Farrell, and Ro Stein crafts a truly fantastic world. Crowded is colorful, fun, and deadly. The panels are complex and descriptive, maximizing Sebela’s script. Their art keeps the issue on pace with its predecessors, moving the plot forward even as Sebela takes a step back from the action this issue.
The Bottom Line:
Crowded #4 takes the heat of Vita and Charlie for a moment, shifting to develop backstories. Christopher Sebela continues to produce a high-energy series, ending the issue on a humorous, yet precarious, cliffhanger. Will Charlie survive her campaign? Maybe. But do we want her to is the bigger question.