Friday, August 23, 2013

Review- CROSSED VOL. 6

CROSSED VOL. 6 (Avatar, 2013; Hardcover)

Collects Crossed: Badlands Nos. 19-28 (cover dates November, 2012- April, 2013)

Writers: Garth Ennis (Nos. 25-28), David Lapham (No. 21-24), and Si Spurrier (Nos. 19, 20)

Artists: Raulo Caceres (Nos. 19, 20, 25-28) and Miguel Ruiz (Nos. 21-24)

Colorist: Digikore Studios

This volume collects three arcs. The Fatal Englishman takes place five years after the whole Crossed event originally occurred. In this story, Father Dennis Kingston and his flock of children are rescued by a group of ragtag survivors armed to the teeth and on a mission to rid the world of the Crossed once and for all. Garth Ennis returns to the fold after a few years away to write this one.

Livers is the most disturbing tale in this trilogy of terror. Amanda is one crazy bird who has survived two years in the Crossed-infested world. She stumbles across a guy who is just as crazy who goes by the name Danger Montana. He takes her to their basement kingdom in the sewers, where she meets Sir Killweather and The Great Kong. They have their own little world hidden away from the Crossed and have been without the company of a woman for a long time. They are all completely insane, and things end as well as they can for folks in this insane world. Some of the gore and mayhem in this series becomes white noise after a while, but Livers has a few scenes that really shocked me. Well done!

Conquers All (Nos. 19 and 20) takes place two days after the initial event. Serena Long is a police officer with the Los Angeles County Probation Department. She and Mattias Vichnyak crossed the line between probation officer and parolee just before the world went to Hell in a hand basket.

What would you do if someone you loved became infected with a virus/plague like the Crossed? This is the most intriguing premise of this series. What would I do if my family fell victim to something like this? What would any of us do? Could anyone survive in a world gone mad? Would you even want to? It's thinking of scenarios like this that keeps my mind spinning and keeps me turning the page in these books.

There was an article on Heidi MacDonald's The Beat recently which posed the question “So what kind of person buys a “Torture Variant”anyways?” In the article and the comments section below, fans of Crossed are portrayed as adolescent and/or mentally ill, with folks coming this close to saying that the title shouldn't be allowed to see print. I have bought every single Crossed collected edition and don't plan on stopping anytime soon. The series doesn't fill some “sick void” or provide me with “torture porn” fantasies. It's over the top and is intended to be so. I find myself cackling when I read every issue, not unlike Lisa and Bart Simpson after watching an episode of The Itchy and Scratchy Show. Crossed is sick and wrong and that is why I love it. It's shocking and repulsive and everything that is wrong with Horror done right. Why anyone is up in arms over a Mature Readers title that you have to be 16+ to buy is beyond me. It's not like they have Crossed toys or bedhseets on the shelves at Target that my 6 year old son is begging me to buy for him.

You want to know what I find disturbing? Bronies. Those full grown adult males, sometimes middle-aged, often childless, who read My Little Pony comics. I have a three year old daughter, and the notion of some middle-aged basement dwelling virgin reading something to try and relate to toys that my daughter plays with is truly sick and disgusting. So folks who condemn those of us who like Crossed should get off of their high horse...or pony, in this case. Pedophiles like the things that small children do in an effort to have something relatable, a common ground to make entry into their world. No fan of Crossed would try and relate to a child on that sick ass level. I cannot say the same about the Bronies. And if one of you Brony freaks ever comes near my daughter, I might go all Crossed on you.
Junk Food For Thought rating: 4 out of 5.

The OCD zone- The issues are arranged out of original publication order. The Fatal Englishman arc is chapters 1-4 in book but is issues 25-28, Livers is issues 21-24 and Conquers All is 19 and 20.
They read fine in the order they are collected in but thought that I would pass this news along for those with an acute OCD about such things. Here at The OCD zone we care because we understand...
DVD-style Extras included in this book:
Some of the variants are included in a cover gallery in the back. It is difficult to track down the information as to what issue belongs to which cover. Even the chapter breaker pages and images are of little help. Suffice it to say that they are not all here.
Paper rating: 4.5 out of 5. Nice weight glossy coated stock paper.
Binding rating: 4.25 out of 5. The sewn binding is stiff due to the casing being glued square to the spine. It does loosed up as you read the book, and I am confident that the binding will be better after a few reads.
Hardback cover coating rating: 5 out of 5. The super-duper thick lamination on these Avatar Press hardcovers remains the gold standard for these dustjacket-free hardbacks.

1 comment:

  1. The person that wrote the column obviously chose to target the book seeing an easy opportunity to accumulate web hits and traffic to his/her site. The column served its purpose but it now seems even some of the writers of Crossed (which do not include Garth Ennis) are also offended by the torture variants and were unaware it was going on. To say this is kind of like having the pot call the kettle black as these covers have been released for months. Its hard to imagine the writers not being aware of the practice, only to suddenly to disown it when others, i.e. the mainstream comic editors and press, show disapproval. The same writers that did Crossed, do work for Marvel and DC in the past well. I'm sure trying to keep their resumes clean for any future assignments that offer higher pay. Two faced is far from the right word to describe it.