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About the Author

Garth Ennis, a critically acclaimed writer from Northern Ireland, has been working in the comic book industry for over 20 years, and is most easily recognized as the creator of Preacher, and long-time contributor to Marvel's Punisher. Perhaps his greatest success in recent years has been CROSSED, a horror survival series published by Avatar Press, in which the world has been overrun by sadistic homicidal maniacs. The CROSSED property has been optioned for film by Kevin Spacey’ s Trigger Street Productions. Other Avatar publications by Ennis include STREETS OF GLORY, CHRONICLES OF WORMWOOD, and 303.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Avatar Press (April 29, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592910904
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592910908
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Garth Ennis is the award-winning writer of Hellblazer, Hitman, Punisher, Preacher, Pride and Joy and War Stories. He is much in demand for his hard-edged, wickedly humorous style.

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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful By DLD on June 29, 2010
Format: Paperback
America, The Present: When the end comes, it is without warning; overnight seemingly ordinary people transform into "The Crossed" - psychotic killers afflicted with a bizarre cruciform facial scar who exhibit an insatiable appetite for murder, torture, barbarity and sexual violence - and rampage across the continental United States in an orgiastic frenzy of bloodlust and carnage. Few survive the first few days of their onslaught. Those that survive the first weeks can expect little more than to survive the day. This is the story of a group of those that were cursed to survive just that little bit longer.

"Preacher", "War Stories" and "The Boys" alumnus Garth Ennis first long-form foray into the survival horror field is an unflinchingly visceral piece of work that channels the sensibilities of eighties splatterpunk authors such as Shaun Hutson, John Skipp and Craig Spector as well as the likes of "Deliverance/To The White Sea" author James Dickey, Sam Peckinpah and Cormac McCarthy's "The Road". For my money, it's the most perfect piece of survival horror to yet grace the comic book field because it is both genuinely shocking and the complete antithesis of the recent glut of run-of-the-mill zombie comics in which heavily armed groups of chiseled, good-looking "Matrix" clones wade effortlessly through the ruins of a post-apocalyptic wasteland. The survivors of this apocalypse are flawed, traumatized, terrified, increasingly losing their capacity for humanity and steadily dwindling in numbers.

Jacen Burrows artwork perfectly compliments the grim machinations of Ennis' storyline and he is unflinching in his depictions of the barbarity perpetrated by both "The Crossed" and their human prey (who are driven to increasingly desperate, gut-wrenching extremes in order to survive).
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35 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 29, 2010
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The blurb says it all. It's his most depraved. This book was so disturbing that at times I wanted to put it down, but my interest in the characters compelled me to keep reading through rape - of men and women(while they wer mutilated in one case), chidren mutilated and dismembered unto death, and every other sordid nearly (and sometimes certainly) pornographic act of violence in this collection.

In short, if extreme gore and violence depicted beautifully isn't your thing stay away.

If you love Garth Ennis, and can handle comic book violence in the extreme, you'll enjoy this read.

I give it four stars, because as I have stated at least twice already, it is Garth Ennis - and if you have read his work then you know that alone should make it a five, but, because some of it was so gonzo that I just felt Ennis was like a little kid eating worms, seeing if he could make you throw up in your mouth a little, I left one off.

If you haven't read the boys then you are missing a great series, although it has started to digress a little needlessly, and it needs to pick up. I highly recommend The Boys and Preacher.
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37 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Estevan A. on June 8, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I'm generally a fan of anything post apocalyptic, big fan of Walking Dead, never really read anything else by Ennis but I'm familiar with his work/style and others often recommended me Preacher. After reading issue 0 I had high hopes for this comic, but overall I ended up feeling pretty let down.

The first couple issues managed to keep my attention, but by the third I could not deal with the weak dialog and the story which felt poorly paced and disjointed. It seemed to me that the reader was left to fill in some of the missing pieces and keep up with a cast of characters who ranged from paper thin to mildly interesting. None of them were particularly memorable and the author failed to make me care if they lived or died in the end, which is pretty much the reason to read a book like this.

There were a few memorable moments sprinkled through these issues, even some high points that were truly interesting. You will definitely remember some of the more gory scenes but probably not much about story or characters, and if thats your thing this book might be for you.

The art is decent and you will find yourself flipping back and forth between some of the better full page spreads and the page before on one or two occasions, taking in the shock value and art style.

Overall though I would not really recommend this series and I can't say that I cared for it all that much primarily because the narrative cannot match the presentation in terms of memorability or style.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Krowley on December 26, 2011
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I hate this comic. After I 'm done reading it, I'm going to create a pine box, place this comic inside, and set it on fire. It has literally destroyed a piece of my psyche. And for all that, it deserves 5 STARS.
This comic has helped mint a new term for my friends and I; "Not as bad as Ennis."
That this book has actually scarred me, scared me, and disgusted me is a triumph to the author, and artist. I've read short stories that made me "re-up" my christian card after reading the depictions of hell. This makes me want to go to those authors' versions of hell to avoid "The Crossed." In all honesty I couldn't recommend this book to anyone that has a sliver of love or compassion in their heart, and I wouldn't recommend it to someone who doesn't.
If you buy this comic, know that you pay with a piece of yourself with the purchase. If you enjoy this comic, do humanity a favor, and find a high bridge and jump. If you get sick after reading this comic, don't worry, in a couple of days the shakes will wear off.

For those about to crack the cover, good luck with tender moments, and affection for a while.
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