- Publisher: Avatar Press
- Format: Paperback | 240 pages
- Dimensions: 168mm x 258mm x 40mm | 500g
- Publication date: 31 May 2013
- ISBN 10: 1592911854
- ISBN 13: 9781592911851
- Edition statement: Original.
- Illustrations note: chiefly col. Illustrations
- Sales rank: 174,445
Journey back to the earliest days of the Crossed outbreak, in two tales scribed by the masters of modern horror, David Lapham and David Hine! In high school, Edmund earned his nickname "Yellow Belly" by running away and hiding whenever confronted by conflicts or fears. But when the Crossed infection ignites at a local circus perhaps it's that very same cowardice that will save him in the end!
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Jacen Burrows has worked with Garth Ennis (Chronicles of Wormwood, Crossed), Warren Ellis (Scars), and Alan Moore (The Courtyard, Neonomicon). David Lapham,award-winning creator, writer and artist of Stray Bullets, he also wrote Harbinger and Daredevil/Punisher, and has written extensively for Marvel Comics.
By 365 Graphic Novels 23 Feb 2014
David Lapham hasn’t has much luck with his Crossed stories, but Garth Ennis is a tough act to follow. This story is actually one of the better ones and certainly his best Crossed work so far. It has a very relatable and sympathetic character, who definitely doesn’t have the skills needed to survive, but through good characterisation you keep rooting for him. There are a couple of clunky names of people and places that are quite intrusive but mostly this ticks along just fine.
The Crossed are the Crossed and while there is occasionally a new depravity they rarely shine. We do meet a character from another book for the first time ever and it will make you smile if you have been following the whole series. The ending has quite a lacklustre twist but if you look carefully all may not be as it seems.
Art is by series stalwart Jacen Burrows who is really in his element drawing clear faces, plenty of detail, and using great angles to show the action.
The next story is by David Hine and is quite a cerebral work. One of the tools of fiction is to act as a mirror for the human condition and Hine lays it on thick here raising very profound questions. He references quite a few literary works and the comparison between Crossed and Edgar Alan Poe’s Masque of the Red Death is definitely intriguing. The Crossed are almost an afterthought here yet do have a role to play. A secondary storyline fades in comparison to the main one leaving you wondering if this was a pitch Hine had before being invited into the Crossed universe.
Certainly one of the better volumes in the Crossed canon and a Thumbs Up!
"If you can stomach it, you should be reading Crossed right now." (Bloody-Disgusting.com)"