Sunday, April 12, 2015

Review- CROSSED VOL. 11

This is the ONLY true image of the hardcover on the entire Internet. I made it because I couldn't find one anywhere to swipe. You're welcome, Internet!

CROSSED VOL. 11 (Avatar Press, 2014; Hardcover)
Note: Book actually released in 2015.

Collects Crossed: Badlands #57-61 and Crossed 2014 Annual (cover dates January- August, 2014)
Writers: Justin Jordan and Simon Spurrier (Crossed 2014 Annual)
Artists: Georges Quarte, Geanes Holland (#61), and Rafael Ortiz (Crossed 2014 Annual)
Colorist: Digikore Studios

If Crossed has taught me anything it is that only the sick will survive. Most of these people who arrange compounds or safe havens have a sick, depraved reason for doing so. It kind of makes you think about people in the world who seem normal on the surface and go about their daily life. Who knows what people are like inside their head, though? Your friends or neighbors could be really sick people and just need that push to go off of the deep end. Something like, say, civilization collapsing because of the Crossed.


The Folly, the story from the 2014 Annual, is even better than the main arc collected here. A young boy with asthma who has been bullied and has never accomplished anything in his life is faced with the realization that we are the makers of our own destiny...even a destiny like this. It is the human backdrop against the carnage that keeps me plunking down money time and again for this series. That and the fact that this is just so f**ked up and wrong, like a train wreck that I have to keep taking another peek at when I should just turn and walk away like decent people would do. Weep for my humanity, for it must surely be dead.
Junk Food For Thought rating: 4 out of 5.

The OCD zone- Some of the variants are presented here. They should release a book with all of the variant covers. That would be cool.
These hardcovers are Direct Market exclusives supposedly not available online. ;)
Paper stock: Good weight glossy coated stock.
Binding: Perfect bound.
Hardback cover notes: Super thick waxlike lamination on the casewrap make this dustjacket-free hardcover a joy.

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