Crossed: Badlands

Crossed: Badlands

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 168 x 257 x 12mm | 494g
  • Rantoul, Il, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations, colour illustrations
  • 1592911749
  • 9781592911745
  • 74,506

About Garth Ennis

A cornerstone of the modern comic industry, Garth Ennis is most easily recognized as the creator of Preacher, one of the best-selling graphic novel series of all time. His full list of writing credits is nothing short of extraordinary; his career highlights include Judge Dredd, Hellblazer, The Demon, Hitman, Punisher, The Pro, War Story, and The Boys. Over the past ten years, Ennis has published numerous acclaimed and fan-favorite projects through Avatar Press, including Dicks, Chronicles Of Wormwood, 303, Streets Of Glory, and the wildly successful Crossed series. He wrote and directed his first film, Stitched, which Avatar Press will continue as an ongoing comic book series illustrated by Mike Wolfer. Jacen Burrows is truly one of the rising stars in comic book illustration. Working exclusively with Avatar Press through the years, his skillful talents have brought to life the visions of such comic book luminaries as Alan Moore (Neonomicon) and Warren Ellis (Scars). After early collaborations with Garth Ennis on 303, a war story set in Afghanistan, and Chronicles Of Wormwood, a tale of a reluctant, butt-kicking Anti-Christ, he tackled Crossed, defining the look of its bleak world and laying the groundwork for the most successful horror franchise in comics. Jamie Delano is a pioneer of Mature Readers comic storytelling, his reputation cemented as the first person to chronicle the solo exploits of John Constantine in Hellblazer. Among the dozens of gritty, groundbreaking projects under his belt, and prior to his work on Crossed, Delano published two creator-owned series at Avatar Press, Narcopolis and Rawbone. The former is a science fiction epic of one man's rebellion against a bizarre world of twisted authority and chemical influence; the latter is a gut-wrenching horror tale of murderous pirates and damned souls.
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603 ratings
3.64 out of 5 stars
5 24% (144)
4 34% (207)
3 28% (167)
2 10% (61)
1 4% (24)

Our customer reviews

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!show more
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