I need someone to defend any or all of the Crossed series.
In my other comics job, when Joe and Matt let me out of the dungeon, I read and review horror comics over at horror-writers.net. (Shameless plug, I know.)
This week was light in the horror genre so I thought I would read both Crossed books that came out. Crossed: Badlands #100 and Crossed: +100 #17.
Jeebus... they were terrible. I slogged through Badlands expecting something worth while with a series conclusion of 100 issues, but nope.
Then I tried Crossed 100+. I remember trying to read #1 in the shop and going, nope not for me. But these days, I am open minding and reading a lot out of my comfort zone. After the third page, I gave up on the made up language book. I tried to follow the story using the art, but even with simple grid layouts, I had no freaking idea what was happening even with a plot that looked simple enough in nature.
SOMEONE DEFEND THESE BOOKS. DEFEND THESE SERIES. Unless someone steps up, these books will be sentenced to death by bonfire this weekend.
The original series by Ennis was pretty cool, and the Lapham series were incredibly messed up in a great way.
Crossed 100+ was always going to have detractors with the future language (like Spaceman) but I loved the twists and the language evolution. The plot itself is pretty cool as well and the art is solid.
In addition I loved the web comic Wish You Were Here and that one's free if somebody wants to check out Crossed for free.
Never read any Badlands, that's when I dropped out.
I mean, I enjoy Crossed and think it's a lot of fun, but it was never meant for everyone so it doesn't have to be defended for the masses.
I liked Crossed, or at least some parts of it. The original series was ok and I liked Crossed 100+ until I got disinterested and lost track of it. I second that the web-comic Wish You Were Here is great. It's probably one of the best Crossed stories I've read.
Now I've heard/read it being described as torture porn but I don't think that's fair. Sure the comic featured plenty of nudity and gore. But it's never used for titillation, it's just a by-product of the story. Besides it's so ubiquitous and taken to such extremes that I doubt anyone could get aroused by that (please don't prove me wrong on that).
But yeah, it's not for everyone.
Last Edit: Aug 6, 2016 22:04:52 GMT -6 by molenwiek
Post by Lord Steven, Master of Coin on Aug 9, 2016 16:26:00 GMT -6
I will defend Crossed: Wish You Were Here, as well as the rest of the Crossed comics written by Simon Spurrier and Garth Ennis. You have to have a high tolerance for gore, but both of those writers showed good stories of normal people having to survive in horrible circumstances, and I found them compelling in the way that I find any post-apocalyptic story compelling.
The problem with Crossed, however, is that most writers who have worked on the story missed that mark entirely, and wrote about already terrible people stuck in a world of terrible people, which just isn't worth reading.
"Better to die as good fiction than to live as bad." - Journey into Mystery #645
... wrote about already terrible people stuck in a world of terrible people, which just isn't worth reading.
That's a really, really brilliant point. I made it through the first Crossed trade but gave up there for reasons that I couldn't put my finger on. I think you nailed it on the head though, there was just no hope in it. I'm fine with gritty and brutal, but I need a tiny ray of sunshine every now and then.