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- Publisher: Titan Books Ltd
- Format: Paperback | 240 pages
- Dimensions: 168mm x 258mm x 12mm | 499g
- Publication date: 6 November 2012
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1592911749
- ISBN 13: 9781592911745
- Edition statement: Original.
- Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, colour illustrations
- Sales rank: 91,137
Two tales of terror from the most vicious landscape in modern horror, written by groundbreaking graphic novelists Garth Ennis and Jamie Delano! When the worldwide outbreak transforms most of humanity into murderous psychopaths, the uninfected survivors are driven by desperation to the very brink of sanity and morality. In the United Kingdom, a young man devastated by the traumatic death of his wife struggles to survive the roving bands of Crossed at his heels. Meanwhile, three small groups of survivors in the marshy Florida Everglades - haunted by personal demons, driven by primal fears and all-too-human desires - find themselves on a collision course guaranteed to leave bloody, fiery destruction in their wake...
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Jacen Burrows has worked with Garth Ennis (Chronicles of Wormwood, Crossed), Warren Ellis (Scars), and Alan Moore (The Courtyard, Neonomicon). Garth Ennis is the award-winning writer of The Boys, Preacher, Hellblazer, Hitman and Judge Dredd.
By 365 Graphic Novels 02 Jun 2013
Great, you think. Garth Ennis has returned to the Crossed universe he created for a nine issue extravaganza. Not quite. Only the first three issues are written by him in a sort of Crossed novella.
It is astoundingly good. Ennis at his most thoughtful crafts a technically superb story with a strong message and plenty of emotional investment. Jacen Burrows also returns bringing the distinctive style that launched the Crossed universe. He has a great time mixing blood and snow and evoking real atmosphere.
The second, standard length, tale doesn't try and compete or blend in, or even become a shock and gore fest like previous stories. It has a bunch of very quirky characters and achieves a really unique dynamic. Rather than a group of survivors who tell their origins through flashbacks we cut between three sets of unconnected people who enjoy their own separate storylines before meeting.
This fresh approach and some indistinct narration is a little weird at first but you soon embrace it. The story twists and turns unexpectedly and you might not predict the ending, leaving you with raised eyebrows.
The art for the second story is similar enough to the Burrows template not to feel out of place but makes more use of bright colours. There is also more nudity in this story than any other so far.
Both tales are very good and really different from each other. It is nice to see Ennis return to his creation and have fun with it too. The Crossed themselves haven't evoked real terror since their first outing, and this book has them talking a little too coherently.
Overall a good read and a strong Thumbs Up!