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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Avatar Press (2 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592910904
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592910908
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.3 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Garth Ennis is the award-winning writer of 'The Boys', 'Preacher', 'Hellblazer', 'Hitman' and 'Judge Dredd', much in demand for his hard-edged, wickedly humorous style.

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About the Author

With a career spanning over twenty years, Mike Wolfer has been both writer and illustrator on many of Avatar Press' most popular titles, collaborating with some of the industry's most renowned writers including Warren Ellis, Garth Ennis and Alan Moore. As the guiding force behind such horror titles as NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, FRIDAY THE 13TH, and ESCAPE OF THE LIVING DEAD, Wolfer cemented his reputation as one of today's top creators of supernatural tales, a trend has continues with his writing credits on Warren Ellis' GRAVEL and Garth Ennis' STITCHED, both of which he also illustrates. Avatar's sister company, Boundless Comics, has also benefited from Wolfer's flair for the macabre, as he writes both Brian Pulido's LADY DEATH and the ""bad girl"" extravaganza title, WAR GODDESS.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Timothy J. Franklin on 12 Aug 2011
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The fad for zombies / zomboids (fast or slow, living or other) has about run its course, which is all to the good. China Mieville pointed out the lethargy in the mode could only run a little while before the grisly edifice spluttered to its knees. Crossed is an attempt to reinvigorate (re-animate?) the genre by making zombies threatening again. The monsters in Crossed are alive, sexually rapacious, immune to pain and generally just vile. And they love what they do!

The monsters of crossed are (almost) shocking. There is no line Ennis won't cross in order to get a grim chuckle or confirm to you the hopelessness of the survivor's plight.

It's good, basically, and I recommend you go read, provided you can take your coffee black and sugary. The plot and all the rest is as you would expect - a band of survivors amble across America, gradually picked off by internecine strife and terrible luck. Ennis is really a very good character author, and the survivors he creates are likable, humored, varied, consistent, growing, failing... and yes, occasionally, being raped to death while their intestines slop out through a laceration in their stomach wall.

To whit - it's not for everyone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Nicholas Hopkins on 24 Jun 2012
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Having just finished book one I thought this needed some balance to the poor reviews. Having left the works of comics behind some time ago sure to pure boredom with the inept scripts, rehashed americanisms and lack if visceral impact it was only through rediscovering the wonderful Deadworld (original) stores that I delved back in.

This us brutal stuff, no punches pulled...and sadly honest in it's slightly filmic view of human nature. The pitching it's pitch perfect, the characters not given too much time to get boring, and the violence truly gut wrenching.
Be warned, s some of the other reviewers have demonstrated, this requires an open and liberal mind to be appreciated. It is about pragmatic survival in the face of human nature at it's very worst.

For those of you who know what I'm taking about....enjoy!
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By liamwebster19 on 17 July 2010
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Ive become a fan of Ennis' work recently after getting into "The Boys" series which I highly recommend. When I heard about Crossed it was a must buy and once it was available on amazon I ordered straight away. Read it in two sittings and was generally happy but not amazed. It lacks the humour and charm that the boys has and at times feels like the graphic novel equivalent of the Saw films. Torture porn comes to mind. Sections of the book are hard to look at (one scene involving two parents and a small girl being caught by the crossed) while others just seem to be crude for the sake of it. Along with several images involving rape, torture, animal penis' and swearing kids the story falls behind the shock value and you end up just looking for the next shocking scene. Few characters are memorable and when they die you dont really care becuase lets face it, with what they go through dying doesnt seem that bad.
Its entertaining and I dont regret buying it but if your looking for a good apocalptic story Id go with the walking dead.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By 365 Graphic Novels on 26 April 2012
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This is Garth Ennis' take on the survival horror genre and it is a real tour de force. All over the world people are degenerating into brutal, sadistic, psychopaths and turning on their fellow human beings. Each of them is marked with a cross-like scar (hence the title) on their faces, possibly as a judgement from God or perhaps as an echo back to the mediaeval sign for plague. These aren't shambling mindless zombies. They are intelligent, sneaky, tactical and co-operative. They can talk, use tools, guns, vehicles and tanks! This really is the stuff of nightmares.

Initially when I browsed through this what struck me was the art. The graphic depictions of violence, death, dismemberment and sexual nastiness. It looks like torture-porn in comic book form and it was easy to dismiss this as simply a gratuitous excuse for Mr Ennis to push his envelope as far as possible. But it isn't. You need that intense visceral shock to set the scene and break you out of that zombie cliché mindset.

Like all good fiction of this genre it is about what the survivors do and what they learn about themselves. How much of their humanity are they willing to sacrifice just to stay alive? How much would you? As the story progresses it is less and less about the shock and awe atrocities of the crossed and more about us and how we behave. The crossed are simply ourselves without any inhibitions and that is truly frightening.

Whilst the art is sickening in places it is expertly drawn by Jacen Burrows who worked with Mr Ennis to great effect on 303. He has an incredible gift for colour and lighting. The opening issues are a real treat in this respect. As the story progresses the pallet becomes dull and subdued however.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By carl pitman on 25 Jan 2011
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Simple really, if you like Garth Ennis you will like this. He's really pushed the boundaries of taboo on this one with one very memorable double page spread.
If you dont like Garth Ennis, dont buy it, you wont like it. Alternatively you could buy it, read it and give a 1 star review if you have the time and money to waste.
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