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CROSSED VOL. 12 (Avatar Press, 2015; Hardcover)
Collects Crossed: Badlands #62-70 (cover dates September- December, 2014)
Writer: David Lapham
Artist: Francisco Manna
Colorist: Digikore Studios
Once you have broken societal mores and nearly every taboo, what do you do for shock value? If you are David Lapham, you go even farther down the rabbit hole of depravity. Underage pornography? Check. Rampant heroin and drug use? Check. Selling children into pedophile human trafficking? Check. Rape? Sodomy? Gore beyond gore? Check, check, and check. I have a pretty high tolerance for sick shit, the result of having a parent who felt that taking her 9 year old son to see Psycho 2 and Poltergeist at the theater was a-okay and went on to see Horror movies well before he was ready. While a part of me enjoys the gore and the mayhem, a lot of this book turned my stomach. I guess that's the point, but I didn't have fun with it this time. It's possible that I have reached my point with this title. I guess that the litmus test will be when Crossed +100 comes out.
Junk Food For Thought rating: 2.75 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, as the “stories” seen in the variants seem more interesting than the one found here.
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.
MOON KNIGHT VOL. 2: DEAD WILL RISE (Marvel, 2015; Softcover)
Collects Moon Knight #7-12 (cover dates November, 2014- April, 2015)
Writer: Brian Wood
Artists: Greg Smallwood and Giuseppe Camuncoli (#10)
Colorist: Jordie Bellaire
Wow, I am a long-time Moon Knight fan, but this just left me cold. I really enjoyed Warren Ellis' launch of this new series, as it had a different flavor than what had come before. This also has a different flavor, albeit one that totally sucks ass. The writing stinks, the artwork stinks, and the coloring stinks. I have already flushed this turd down the eBay toilet. This marks the end of my buying anything new from Marvel, and I came to that decision before they announced their sucktastic relaunch of “new reader friendly” titles. Yes, 60 new #1s that tie into endless crossovers are sure new reader friendly! I will live for collected editions of vintage material. Make Mine (old) Marvel!
Junk Food For Thought rating: 1.5 out of 5.
The OCD zone- There is a typo that it made it past not only the original series editor but the collected editions editor as well. And to think, these are “professional” writers. Pathetic.
Paper stock: Semi-glossy coated stock, a bit on the thin side.
Binding: Perfect bound trade paperback.
Cardstock cover notes: Thick waxlike lamination.