Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Crossed #0 Review

Crossed #0 [written by Garth Ennis with art by Jacen Burrows] is available now. That's the wraparound cover by Jacen pictured above and it should give you a good idea of what to expect. At first glance, you might think it's another zombie comic, but it's not... at least not exactly.

An event happens which causes a good portion of the population to go crazy. Normal folks in a small town are suddenly surrounded by friends and neighbors killing each other and worse [much worse in some cases]. This introduction by Ennis is smart in that it places us in the middle of things as the insanity spreads. There are enough inspired touches that we understand that this is not a limited event and the world will never be the same. The most frightening scene in my opinion wasn't any of the attacks by the infected, or the bomb blast, or the widespread shots of carnage all around. To me the most creepy shot was of a plane crashing -- we see it strike a clock tower as it hurtles to the ground and then Jacen gives us a close up of the cockpit. In it we see two flight attendants in the background fighting, an infected passenger with an evil grin killing the co-pilot as the infected pilot laughs maniacally as he dives the plane into the ground.

Crossed was definitely good enough that I'll be back for more. Jacen Burrows provides the pencils and inks and this is his best work yet. Greg Waller provides the colors and did a great job in capturing the mood of the book and complimenting Burrows's line work. Garth Ennis's story leaves me wanting more. He knows how to hit all the right notes but be aware that he's not afraid of going over the line when it comes to shocking gore and violence.

Crossed isn't for everyone. However fans of horror and the zombie genre [although the infected aren't zombies... at least traditional zombies] might want to check it out. Issue 0 would be a great place to start. It's only a buck and available now.

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