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Crossing Midnight, Vol. 1: Cut Here (Crossing Midnight #1)

3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  615 Ratings  ·  67 Reviews
Miyazaki's Spirited Away meets Asian horror in this inital volume of CROSSING MIDNIGHT, collecting the acclaimed first five issues of the series by writer Mike Carey (LUCIFER) and artist Jim Fern (FABLES). A compelling fantasy/horror series set in the heart of present-day Nagasaki, Japan, CROSSING MIDNIGHT begins when extraordinary twins are born — one just before midnight ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published June 6th 2007 by Vertigo (first published January 1st 2007)
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Dec 27, 2013 Patrick rated it it was amazing
If you don't know who Mike Carey is, you should. He's one of the best comic writers out there in my opinion.

If you haven't read Crossing Midnight, you should. It's brilliant. It draws on mythology sorely neglected by most western authors. It manages to draw on the unfamiliar while still managing to be very readable and accessible. No easy feat there...

Best of all, these three books form a complete story arc. That counts for a lot. I hate starting a comic series, reading 4 books, then finding o
I am torn between 3 and 4 stars. No, torn is too strong of a word. I am simply not feeling strong enough about any aspect of this piece to rate more than 3 stars.

The story is original and entertaining but I have read enough of Carey to know that his spark felt slightly dimmed within these pages. The idea is excellent, involving Japanese kami interacting with our world, but the story was not dense enough for me. I did not like the father's storyline one bit, though the other characters were quit


That's what I shouted when I came to the end of "Crossing Midnight: Cut Here". Because it's only volume ONE of a story-arc that cuts (no pun intended) through several graphic novels- at least two more that I see...

I have to get them.


This story was REALLY well written, amazingly illustrated, and it carried me forward through the storyline with surprising ease. I was instantly invested with the Hara family and the twins problems and perils.

I can tell you very little
Homewood Public Library
Jan 09, 2012 Homewood Public Library rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Here’s a graphic novel that is different from my usual super hero fare. It’s a mix of horror and fantasy set in modern Nagasaki, Japan. For film fans, think of Miyazaki’s Spirited Away given a Ringu twist. Which is a warning: this is not a graphic novel for kids. The horror is, well, pretty horrifying.

The covers are in the flattened style of Japanese wood block prints, but with the rich decorative touches of Klimt. Which, considering his influences, makes sense. The interior art, however, is mor
Jan 02, 2009 Melanie rated it did not like it
Crossing Midnight by Mike Carey, Jim Fern and Mark Pennington

This is a weird manga graphic novel. There is a family curse, scenes with people getting cut up then put back together again, and sacrificing themselves for their loved ones. I found it to be too “graphic” in sexual innuendos, blood and gore.

Aspects that appeal to teens:
The fact that there’s only a little reading. Comic book style. Blood and gore. Sexual content.

Will teens relate:
No, the story didn’t make any sense.

Developmental areas:
Nov 17, 2008 Chris rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic-books
I think I'm going to track down future volumes -- not everything about the book was great (the twin's childhood friend disappearing into the fairy realm was far too sudden and bizarre to really fit, and the whole "born on either side of midnight" struck me as a bit too Midnight's Children) but I was hooked into the plot and character's rather quickly, enough so that I assume it will actually improve as things are set in place and the story develops. The premise of normal people being swept up in ...more
Dec 23, 2008 Steve rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
This Vertigo book takes elements of Japanese culture and mythology and repackages them for the Western reader as a horror book about twin siblings torn apart by forces beyond their control. It's well-drawn and well-crafted, and amongst the number of great ongoings Vertigo is currently publishing (including American Virgin and Scalped), Crossing Midnight stands out as the best.
Jun 18, 2017 Bellish rated it really liked it
In modern Nagasaki, twins are born either side of midnight, and an ancient debt comes due. This is a great imagining of the Japanese animistic beliefs, very similar to folkloric traditions in Europe (thanks author's note!). The artwork ranges from average comic fare (which is good!) to a few really beautiful splashes. There is little experimentation with form so far, which is fine as the story is really well done. I particularly appreciated how rounded both the teenagers and the parents are (fre ...more
Mar 04, 2017 Michelle rated it liked it
I liked this novel, it is bloody but steeped in the Japanese culture. The events take place in modern day Japan and all of the deities are from Japanese folklore. I was not familiar with any of them so it added an exotic element and I did not know what to expect next. The story of the twins born before and after midnight and their parents is a great framework to have all the crazy events occurring around. I liked the artwork and am excited to see what happens next, I recommend this book its an i ...more
Feb 06, 2009 Megan rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Clare, Erin Finnigan
I bought the first short trade paperback collection of the Crossing Midnight series because I had heard many good things about it, but it took me nearly a year to actually finish the trade - which I think is saying a lot because it's comprised of only 5 issues, and I generally read single issues of comics in under two minutes – at least the first time through, anyway. There is something incredibly... dense, and a little hard to get into about these first issues, most likely due to the difficulty ...more
Jan 03, 2012 Tiamat_the_red rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
A friend told me that this comic is like The Unwritten only based on Japanese fairytales. That's sort of true. It's much less like The Unwritten than it is like it, except for the author's fascination with the stories we tell each other. In The Unwritten, it's mostly about Western Literature, classics by the likes of Herman Melville (*shudder*), Rudyard Kipling and Mark Twain. In Crossing Midnight, it's Japan's supernatural realm.

In Japan, the folktales feature Youkai (loosely translated as demo
May 07, 2008 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Twins, a boy and a girl, are born on either side of midnight – only a few minutes apart. While still in the womb, their parents made an offering to the Kami in their grandmother’s shrine. The Kami are spirits of the natural world, like earthquakes, and of everyday objects – for example a bowl or a knife. In return for the blessing the parents pledge to repay the Kami with their worship. One day when the twins are around 10 years old, the sister falls out of a tree onto a spiked metal fence. Inst ...more
Nov 16, 2008 Jen rated it it was amazing
My husband first picked up the Crossing Midnight series because we both like Mike Carey a lot. Lucifer was awesome, and David loves the Hellblazer stuff he wrote. This is a series centering on Japanese mythology involving kami and yokai, types of spirits from the spirit world. Toshi and Kai are twins, one born just before midnight and one just after. They both have remarkable abilities that they don't notice until they're about 14 and just starting high school, but they're not the same abilities ...more
Apr 22, 2015 Cale rated it liked it
Mike Carey explores Asian folklore and mythology and religion in this surprising series about two teens born on opposite sides of Midnight and get sucked into a world of Kami and Yokai as secrets of their birth come to play. The mythology is unfamiliar which makes it both exotic and enticing, and the story built around it is the same. It's a little harder to follow just by virtue of the different culture, but the concepts are fascinating. And some of the imagery is very disturbing. The descent f ...more
Jan 26, 2011 Mely rated it liked it
Twins in Japan, the boy born before midnight and the girl after. The girl is promised to a kami associated with her family, and knives can't touch her; the boy appears to have mysterious associations of his own. They become entangled with a mysterious world beyond their ken.

I have no idea whether Carey's version of Japanese folklore is authentic, but it is convincing and fun and slightly horrific. The series is taking a while to get up to speed, though, possibly hampered by its focus on the caut
Karl Whitney
Jan 26, 2016 Karl Whitney rated it liked it
I usually like Mike Carey's writing but this one seems like he wanted to play with Japanese mythology without getting too involved in Japanese culture. The family at the centre of this story doesn't feel like a Japanese family. There are too many clichés from Western suburban families including the moody daughter, the working father and the grandmother that gets shipped off to a nursing home. Even though Carey is a Westerner and admits to it, one would think that this kind of careful and nondesc ...more
Mar 10, 2014 Jaimie rated it really liked it
This series is off to a very promising start! Having seen Carey work within the realms of Christian mythology (to great success) and the Western literary tradition (to a slightly less successful degree) I am very interested to see how well he handles Japanese folklore and mythology. He's already brought kami and youkai/yokai into the fray, so it'll be interesting to see whether he chooses to rework the traditional stories of Japanese mythology and work with the range of established gods and godd ...more
May 19, 2008 Coffeeboss rated it really liked it
This graphic novel combines fantasy, graphic horror, and Japanese mythology into one gripping read. Twins, a boy and a girl, are born minutes apart, one before and one after midnight. To appease grandmother, their parents ask for a blessing from the Kami at their family altar. Turns out that in return, the girl child grows up immune to being cut with sharp objects. The Kami spirit comes for her, as she is is the payment for the blessing. This is basically a horror comic, and some of the pictures ...more
Jul 17, 2014 Leaf rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
I love this series, I was first enamoured by the art work, but quickly found the story didn't disappoint. It took me a few years to read them all (tracking them down) but the story did not lose its intrigue and possibly made me biased due to the imprint it left on my imagination. I was distraught to find the series had been canceled but was not dissatisfied with the ending of the three volumes, however short. I hope naively that the series will continue at some point as Crossing Midnight offers ...more
Michael Anderson
Jan 18, 2015 Michael Anderson rated it it was amazing
Excellent fantasy story about twins,one born just before midnight, who can negate magic with a touch, and one born just after midnight, who is impervious to bladed weapons. The story takes place in Japan and relies heavily on Japanese mythology elements. The artwork is very well done and thankfully not manga based. Originally a 19 issue comic book series, it was cancelled due to poor sales, but nevertheless was collected into this 3-volume graphic novel. The story moves briskly, the characters a ...more
Jan 03, 2008 Lara rated it really liked it
I read this four or five years back, after it was recommended to me by our favorite comic book store owner, and I remembered really liking it, but not much else about it. Since someone (was it you, Jaime?) recently loaned me the second and third volumes, I figured I'd better reread the first one, since I was pretty fuzzy on the details at this point. I liked it just as much the second time through as I did the first, and am looking forward to finding out what happens next, now that twins Kai and ...more
Aug 15, 2008 Justin rated it it was amazing
After having written the hell (no pun intended) out of Lucifer for 75+ issues, Mike Carey steps out from behind the established mythos of Sandman and Hellblazer to make something of his own. Two siblings get caught up in a war between the Kami, the gods of Japanese mythology. With each passing issue, the book's storyline becomes richer than before. This one is a new favorite of mine, one that proudly shares alongside the books Fables and DMZ as my absolute favorite Vertigo books running right no ...more
Elizabeth A
Jun 14, 2015 Elizabeth A rated it liked it
Shelves: graphix, 2015
This fantasy/horror graphic novel story is set in Nagasaki Japan, and is an interesting mix of cultural memes. The story starts with the birth of twins - one born just before midnight, the other just after. Unbeknownst to them a promise their father made before they were born will have huge ramifications on the course of their lives.

I liked this one. It has an interesting story line, introduced me to some Japanese mythology, and the art is good. This volume collects the first five issues of the
Jul 11, 2013 Jj rated it really liked it
Okay, where should I start?! First things first, the art work and color was so beautiful. I love the color and realistic in the art work.
The characters were a little dry on emotions and it made it very hard to believe.
My favorite part of the whole book was when the twins mother didn't know she was pregnant with twins and the girl came out right after midnight. I thought that was neat.
The only thing I didn't like was the ending. It left you wondering what happen tio his twin?!
I have found anoth
Krystl Louwagie
Dec 13, 2012 Krystl Louwagie rated it really liked it
I'm having a hell of a time posting on goodreads since the facebook app started interrupting my connection every couple of seconds. I tried to disable the app, and then guess what, I COULD NOT even sign INTO goodreads. Ugh. Anyways,

This was a pleasant graphic novel, reminding me of fairy tales and legends.
Interesting people and story, I want to continue to see what happens. Nicely artistic.
May 08, 2011 LemontreeLime rated it it was ok
interesting story, but somehow not fleshed out yet, too shallow in this first vol for any deep satisfaction in comic reading. I like the new take on kami and yokai... but it really needed more than just flash in the pan deus ex machina storylines. If you are taking on the stuff of legends, then give it what it needs.
Dec 17, 2007 Nfnt-robin rated it really liked it
Shelves: ggnft
Creepy horror based in Japanese mythology, but not manga. Nice art -- and some truly disturbing horror imagery without totally grossing me out (the needle youkai is really cool.) I'm curious to see where the plot goes, and I think the set up is solid. Great? I need to consider, but I'm tending toward yes.
Jun 05, 2012 Forrest rated it really liked it
Big surprise with this one! Really excellent work under Vertigo by Mike Carey, who for years and years has written tons of thoroughly mediocre comics (mostly x-men) for Marvel. I usually don't read his stuff as a rule, but this is very good stuff. Very well written, fascinating story, beautiful art. Sure to enthrall anyone interested in Japanese culture or mythos
Jul 31, 2009 Devowasright rated it really liked it
i've always liked mike carey, but i am now a certifiable HUGE FREAKING FAN.
a story of twins, one born before midnight, the other just after, and the strange fates that await them. eyeball deep in japanese demons, folklore, culture and subculture, with fantastic art, and some of the best comics writing i've read in quite some time. highly recommended.
Feb 20, 2008 Stacey rated it really liked it
An interesting concept that took me a little while to wrap my mind around. I really like the legend/mythology aspect of it, although I'm not that familiar with the Japanese stories. The art was a bit hit and miss, it seemed to have trouble sticking to style, but I liked it.
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Mike Carey was born in Liverpool in 1959. He worked as a teacher for fifteen years, before starting to write comics. When he started to receive regular commissions from DC Comics, he gave up the day job.

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