Beard: Horror comic slices through its rivalsWritten by Jim Beard | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Fans of Avatar Comics’ Crossed think of “The Walking Dead” as a comedy. Since 2008, the infamous comic book horror series has offered an even bleaker, grimmer and more violent alternative to the usual zombie fare, and returns with its creator once again at the helm in a new installment. One Toledo comic retailer explained that with no new episodes of “The Walking Dead” in your immediate future, Crossed may fill that same hole — and you may never go back.
“The world of Crossed is by all means worse than that of a zombie apocalypse,” said Jim Collins, owner of JC’s Comic Stop. “With zombies, they are, for the most part, unthinking forces of nature. The Crossed are forces of nature, too, yet anything but unthinking. A plague has brought this horror, and causes a person to become the very worst thing you can imagine. They are bloodthirsty, cannibalistic, sadistic and murderous. Among other things, there’s bestiality … whatever the most evil, vile thoughts a person can have, the Crossed virus brings it out a thousand-fold. The name ‘Crossed’ comes from the rash/wound that forms like a cross on their faces.
“This comic is not for the weak or easily offended. It will offend you. The newest issue, Crossed: Badlands No. 25, takes place in England and is as good a jumping on point as any. If you like seeing humanity at its absolute worst, Crossed is for you.”
Creator Garth Ennis has said that he never intended to roam past the initial 10-issue story from 2008, but that other writers saw new possibilities and continued with his blessing. Crossed now claims five volumes plus a webcomic and a 3-D special. As one might imagine, there’s even been talk of a movie. Avatar has made a name for itself as a publisher of cutting-edge, mature readers material, such as Ferals, Stitched and works by comics legend Alan Moore. Crossed has climbed to a top spot on its roster, most likely fueled by the zombie-mania of the past few years as well as the phenomenon that it may now be surpassing in terms of sheer horror,“The Walking Dead.”