“Crossover is the scariest goddamn book I have ever attempted to produce in my entire life, and that is why it’s the most exciting thing I’ve ever done,” Cates said. He compared it to “Avengers: Endgame, but as Cloverfield,” then shared that the idea came to him while talking to Geoff Shaw about event comics back in 2017, before he worked for Marvel.
“The story that’s never been told in these big-two-big-summer-event-crisis-secret-wars-huge-mega-summer-event titles, the last story that’s never been told is the story of that guy on the sidewalk selling hot dogs,” Cates said, “and how utterly fucking terrifying it is for that person.”
The story eventually evolved into a big crossover event becoming “so huge and so epic” that it crosses over into the real world — “the world in which you and I exist.” He said a band of misfit characters, made up of new characters and some “familiar faces” end up on a quest to try and get to “crossover ground zero.” This band includes a comic book retailer, who is the main character.
“It’s a book that makes a lot of promises, and I hope that you will trust us enough to come back each month to see if we can actually pull this shit off,” Cates said.
Cunniffe said this is the “most collaborative” comic he’s ever worked on, with Cates referring to the creative team as a “gang.” According to Cates, Mark Waid is part of that “gang” and will serve as their editor on the title. Cates said he has been a “godsend.”
You can watch the entire panel below: