Now Reading: Crossed +100

Crossed +100 is the story of what the world is like 100 years after the original outbreak of the crossed, who if you’re not familiar with, are basically really rapey 28 Days Later-style-rage-non-zombies. Most Crossed comics since the original series by Garth Ennis have been little more than extreme gore porn, but occasionally some good stuff comes out of it and this is one of them.

Started by Alan Moore and picked up by Simon Spurrier, this story deals with how the remnants of humanity are surviving in a post-apocalyptic world and how the crossed have also been secretly evolving through some complex long-term secret plots. The broken future-English takes some getting used to, though its existence is understandable considering that this is 100 years after the collapse of civilization and modern education systems and such are all long gone.

It’s a pretty interesting look at what humanity could turn into with all their modern conveniences removed and how the crossed manage to work around their complete lack of impulse control in order to avoid extinction. The only downside is that it ends a bit suddenly. There was clearly going to be more to this story, but it was canceled before it could all play out. I wouldn’t rule out the possibility of them revisiting it and maybe finishing it up with a mini-series or new ongoing someday, as Avatar has been known to do that every now and then, but for now, these 3 story arcs are all there is. While it isn’t quite as good as Spurrier’s earlier Crossed – Wish You Were Here, it’s still one of the best stories in the Crossed world.

Now Reading: Crossed – Wish You Were Here

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Most conveniently collected in Crossed – Wish You Were Here Volumes 1-4 (though you can download the digital versions for free at crossedcomic.com too)

How do you explain something like Crossed to people that aren’t already in that tiny niche of comic book fans who can stomach “extreme horror”? Basically it’s about survival in a world of fast-moving, murderous rape-“zombies” and chances are pretty high that most people that would hypothetically be reading this, should absolutely avoid even trying it unless they want to give themselves nightmares. Seriously, this stuff makes The Walking Dead look like Sesame Street.

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