Written by Matthew Klein. Art by Morgan Beem. Coloured by Triona Farrell. Lettered by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou. Published by IDW Publishing.
Working in an emergency ward is intense. How can it not be? Lives are hanging in the balance with every decision. Everyone involved is under immense pressure not to screw up. It could only get worse for hospital workers if superpowers were involved.
In the upcoming comic book series Crashing, Rose Osler is a doctor specialising in treating super-powered beings. As you can assume, it’s not an easy job. There has been a sudden wave of super-powered violence, which has influenced hospital policies and seen public backlash. Can Rose navigate hospital politics, personal demons, and the general dangers of treating dangerous patients?
While it’s a tense medical drama, Crashing also explores the ethical dilemmas of the premise. There’s a push and pull between the Hippocratic Oath and the complications of treating super-powered patients. Do you treat villains? What happens if a patient’s powers go horribly wrong? It’s something that Rose is confronted with daily.
Crashing comes at an exciting time for IDW Publishing. They recently launched their IDW Original line, a masthead for the publisher’s creator-owned comics. Through it, there’s a renewed focus on new ideas and storytelling possibilities. If new comics like Wild Spaces, Trve Kvlt, and Crashing are any indication, IDW Original should be on everyone’s radar.
Still not convinced? Take a look at the tense five-page excerpt of the debut issue below.