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Crossed Volume 1 [Hardcover]

Garth Ennis
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April 16 2010
Imagine, for a moment, the worst crimes against humanity. Picture the cruelest affronts to decency. Conjure your darkest nightmares... and then realize it could all be so much worse. When civilization crumbles in one terrifying moment; when people are gleefully breaking into unthinkable acts of violence all around you; when everyone you love has died screaming in agony: What do you do? There is no help. There is no hope. There is no escape. There are only the Crossed. Garth Ennis has pulled out all the stops to write the most depraved and twisted book of his career, one that also may be his most poignant human drama! Crossed is Ennis' horrifically visceral exploration of the pure evil that humans are truly capable of indulging and collected here are all ten heart-stopping chapters. This gut-wrenching vision is brought to vivid (and more than a little disturbing) life by his partner in crime Jacen Burrows.

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Garth Ennis, a critically acclaimed writer from Northern Ireland, has been working in the comic book industry for over 20 years, and is most easily recognized as the creator of Preacher, and long-time contributor to Marvel's Punisher. Perhaps his greatest success in recent years has been CROSSED, a horror survival series published by Avatar Press, in which the world has been overrun by sadistic homicidal maniacs. The CROSSED property has been optioned for film by Kevin Spacey’ s Trigger Street Productions. Other Avatar publications by Ennis include STREETS OF GLORY, CHRONICLES OF WORMWOOD, and 303. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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By Corey Lidster TOP 50 REVIEWER
Way back in the mid-late 90's, when I rediscovered comics after abandoning them a couple years earlier, Vertigo was one of the major reasons the medium pulled me back in. Among the titles that justified Vertigo's existence was Preacher, written by one of the many Irish, Scottish and English talents Vertigo was importing by the dozen -- Garth Ennis. In Preacher, Ennis and fellow Brit Steve Dillon created one of the most crazy, violent and shocking comics ever released by a mainstream publisher, taking their popular collaboration on Hellblazer to new levels of outrageous and brutal depravity. His area of expertise has always been military history, with a minor in the mythology of the American Frontier, and his historical acumen is reinforced by the blackest of black humor, demonstrated both in his classic War Stories: Volume 1 - 2, for Vertigo, and Battlefields, for Dynamite Entertainment. His influence on the current generation of comic writers is profound, with one of the most obvious examples being Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead. Reading the first couple story arc's, I couldn't help but wonder what Garth Ennis would do with the Zombie Apocalypse premise; as it happened, I didn't have to wait long to find out. Under the 'No Rules' regime of indie publisher Avatar that has attracted big-name writers like Warren Ellis and Jonathan Hickman, Ennis created Crossed, which ignores the Romero-type 'Undead' Zombies of The Walking Dead for a slightly readjusted take on the 'Rabid Dog' Zombie epidemic of 28 Days Later. As it turns out, Ennis is perfect for the kind of story he delivers in Crossed, unquestionably the most gut-wrenchingly horrifying series ever produced. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 3 2014
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Very good story line a little bit hard-core
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5.0 out of 5 stars For Mature Audiences Only Aug. 25 2010
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This graphic novel is a great new take on the infected/zombie genre. These are not zombies, but they are infected. Boy, are they infected! That brings me to the next point:
This book is for *mature audiences*. It depicts some pretty brutal scenes, there is swearing, and even the general violence is gorey and explicit.

Now that that's out of the way, this story is a great concept that evolves the "infected" type horror story. Like a "28 Days Later" taken to apocolyptic extremes. This is a genocide of mankind, and what's left are the utterly depraved, entirely homicidal, and completely redemtionless with a touch of struggling survivors.

While the Paperback version does not include Product Description, the Hardcover version (not the 3D one) does. I urge you to read it. It says it all.

I enjoyed the author's story, and the artist's work is incredible. It has had me re-thinking the story, it has added a whole new "what if" scenario to my vision of a future ripe with super-bugs and mystery viruses. I look forward to the release of the next "Crossed" title (3D), and sincerely hope this author/artist team keep going.

There are many books you can't put down once you start reading, and this is one of them. Just don't read it near children...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Apocalyptic Fun! Oct. 1 2010
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I read this cover to cover last night, and missed some sleep to do it - and it was worth it.

The main reason I'm posting a review is not to rave and sing praises - though I could, because it's Ennis, and he's awesome - but because I avoided buying this trade because I'd heard that it was ubergraphic, and I wasn't into that. It IS graphic, because it's Ennis, and because it's about "zombies" - but I'd put it as somewhere between The Boys and Walking Dead, rather than in the horrifying and unmanageable category.

The story is tight and flows in typical Ennis style - you could bounce quarters off this guy, I swear. It's a zombie movie in comic book form, which is just what I was looking for. Artwork starts out a little gritty and smooths as we go. It's fantastic to see the subtle progression.

Very enjoyable - I'm happy I decided to go for it.
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