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Crossed, Vol. 1

(Crossed #1)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  2,964 ratings  ·  305 reviews
The world's been overrun by sadistic homicidal maniacs. A small band of survivors crosses what's left of America, in constant danger and trying to hold onto what little humanity they can.

In the blink of an eye, humanity is lost, and the Crossed are upon us. Men, women, and children alike fall victim to the mystery infection that makes killers out of parents and rapists out
Paperback, 240 pages
Published April 20th 2006 by Avatar Press
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
May 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Shelby *trains flying monkeys* by: Jeff
So my friend : Jeff owes me a case of mind bleach after this one.

I like horror. I don't mind some gore. This damn book though.
It's like Garth Ennis took the Walking Dead idea and put it in a room and fed it Meth for 6 years and then released it.

This is not a zombie book. It's a damn I don't know what the fuck book. There is something spreading throughout people. It turns them into demons, evil demons. They rape, eat people, kill, maim and one of them carries around a frigging HORSECOCK! Yes, a
This isn't something I'd ever normally read but it was in a goodie basket that a friend had gifted me for Halloween, so I thought I should give it a try. After flipping through the pages for a few minutes, I decided I'd need to be slightly drunk to get through this one.
Well, I would say because it's gory, but that just doesn't adequately describe the sort of graphic, stomach-turning violence that happens in this thing.
So, I got boozed up.


It helped. I made it through the whole book, stopping
Take heed O ye of squeamish thy entertainment elsewhere.

Rarely am I be tempted to use the word VILE to describe a book to which I’m giving 4 stars, but Garth Ennis, master of “nasty with purpose” that he is, has a way with dark satire that can be both brilliantly insightful and pornographically depraved at the same time….at least when he’s on the top of his game. There are parts of Crossed are, if not vile, severely disturbing, and make this a difficult, difficult read (see
Jun 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: paidkindle, graphics
There is something in the air - perhaps humanity itself - that turns people into blood lusty murderers and rapists that make a big deal out of coming up with ways to cause as much damage as possible with most violating ways imaginable.

Who is better than Garth Ennis and Jacen Burrows to tell a tale of rotten side of humanity. Ennis' work always has a side that is very cynical of humans and our actions, and he is not new to taking his touch overboard. But, here he really let's himself loose and th
The Atrocity Exhibition: Garth Ennis and Jacen Burrows Reimagine the Zombie Apocalypse

WARNING: This Review Contains Explicit and Disturbing Imagery
'Preacher', by writer Garth Ennis, was one of the titles from the 1990's that helped justify the existence of DC's 'mature readers' imprint, Vertigo. In Preacher, Ennis and fellow Brit Steve Dillon created one of the most crazy, violent and shocking comics to be released by a mainstream publisher, taking their popular collaboration on Hellblazer to
mark monday
Crossed takes all of those familiar zombie tropes and... well, what does Crossed do with them? what is Ennis' intent here? I'm not sure I can answer that successfully. but I can make an educated guess from a bit that comes early on: humanity is jaded; nothing's shocking, Jane; horror is nothing to us... and so Crossed attempts to provide an antibiotic to this sad state of affairs... and so Crossed will show you things your jaded mind will never have imagined; Crossed will genuinely shock you wit ...more
Apr 30, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comix
Three and a half stars.

“The future’s so bright, I gotta wear shades.”

Not from where I’m sitting, Timbuk3, you one hit wonders.

Ask Robert Kirkman, ask the people who came up with Resident Evil and The Crazies, ask Garth Ennis.

“Mr. Ennis, is the future going to be bright, shiny and rosy?”

“Jeff, we’re all screwed”

It’s another unexplained phenomenon that comes along and infects most of the population, this time, turning them into “foul-mouthed, cannibal rapists”.

So the survivors want to hustle their
Jan Philipzig
Apocalypse: Max

Ennis on a zombie book – what do you expect? Well, and that’s exactly what you get. Which is a good thing, in a way - we all know how entertaining that good old Ennis naughtiness can be. Unfortunately, though, this kind of predictability also makes the whole gory enterprise a little redundant... I mean, how slimy can an apocalypse get?

As you would expect from Ennis, his zombies don’t just shuffle around aimlessly with their arms held up in front of them, biting the occasional pers
Paul Nelson
Crossed was a bit of a mixed bag for me, I was a bit bored with things early doors and it was only when a horsescock, not attached to a horse but in the hands of the crossed apocalypse showed up that interest developed. Don't really know the origins of the crossed virus but the infected end up with a cross on their face and nefarious intent to kill, rape and other general fuckedupidness.
So the interesting thing is most certainly the infected crossed, they are not slow shuffling head chopping of
David Schaafsma
Jul 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: gn-horror
I had tried to read this two or three times as an act of understanding the zombie genre, a kind of act of professional responsibility, to in part say, "I am not a snob and can, like any good critic, read anything and be 'objective' about just about anything!" and I gave up each time. The idea for Ennis and Burrows is this: if we are really in a sort of "zombie apocalypse," y'all are being too nice about it. Lord of the Flies? Kid stuff! Cormac McCarthy's The Road? Leaves out all the really terri ...more
Jedi JC Daquis
Jul 29, 2017 rated it liked it
With Preacher's Garth Ennis and Neonomicon/Providence's Jacen Burrows. Crossed is definitely a good read, right?


This is from a reader who gets a certain guilty pleasure with gore and death. Volume one of Crossed crosses that moral line many times but didn't get to the satisfaction I wanted from reading such material. If gore and violence upsets you then Crossed is definitely a no-no in your read list. It displays a certain imagery that will definitely twist your mind and soul (so thanks, J
Jesse A
Jul 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Garth Ennis' turn at the Walking Dead. Like he read it and said "That's good but it could do with more horse penis." Definitely a few 'Holy shit, G.E.' moments. Somewhat predictable though. 3.5 stars.
Sam Quixote
Jul 21, 2011 rated it liked it
I love Garth Ennis, he's one of the few writers I would buy if I saw his name on the cover simply because I know he can deliver. His series "The Boys" is superb and his past successes speak for themselves - Preacher, Chronicles of Wormwood, the Kev series, all gold. But Crossed? Uh... not so good.

The story is that an event happens - we don't know what it is, we're never told, but the deepest darkest places in humanity's capabilities are suddenly unleashed and those who become infected or "cross
Apr 12, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: horror, comics
Essentially this book was Ennis' attempt to write a zombie book but at the same time show how edgy and cool he was by making the zombies swear continuously and rape everything in sight. The humor is adolescent and the villains are ridiculous.Basically its about a virus that, instead of just making everyone mindlessly violent, makes them evil; once they turn they immediately start saying the c-word and raping everyone around them. It doesn't really make sense to me that this virus would give ever ...more
May 11, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trigger warning for the book:
Rape, murder, gore, infanticide, nudity, disembowelment, etc.

Okay, this was one of the most twisted things I have ever read, and I actually like reading horrifying things. This is not a zombie book whatsoever. This is post-apocalyptic, and the origins of the "virus" are unclear. To describe to you what happens to these people when they are "infected," I will include a phenomenal passage from the book:

"They were all the awful aspects of humanity magnified a hund
L. McCoy
Well, I can say I have actually read this and I gotta say, it's better than I thought it would be.

What's it about?
A mysterious virus that comes out of nowhere infects a bunch of people. Sounds normal, right? Well, this virus turns those who get infected into insane sadists. Of course most of the world is infected now and this story focuses on a group of survivors trying to survive and not get infected.

The story is very interesting and well written. From the way some people talk about it, I
Quentin Wallace
May 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Id been wanting to read this series for a while, so I'm finally getting around to it.

The series deals with an apocalypse that develops after a virus outbreak. The virus seems to leave a bloody cross on the victims faces, so the infected come to be known as the "crossed." Now, there are a lot of similarities to this book and The Walking Dead (as well as other zombie outbreak stories.) However, this is much more than that, and this situation is so much worse. This virus brings out the absolute wor
Feb 08, 2011 rated it liked it
this book was utter shit until the last few issues. and i'm kind of irritated i payed 30 bucks for it.

reading Crossed is like reading through the journal of an adolescent trying his best to show how weird and fucked up he is, through a bunch of bad drawings. i kept hearing about how disturbing the book is and, honestly, i just don't see it. looking at pictures of goofy dudes humping severed limbs and circle-jerking around corpses, with big-ass comical grins on their faces is not disturbing; it's
Aug 21, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: comics
I read this at the suggestion of a friend and am honestly still a bit nauseous. There are some truly disgusting images in this book, and despite knowing what some were it still turns my stomach. To put things in perspective they throw a baby out of a car in the first couple panels, so at least they're up front about what you're getting yourself into. The concept is an interesting spin on the whole zombie outbreak idea, but Garth decides to got for shock value over substance repeatedly. The repea ...more
Oscar Salas
Aug 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Este es un cómic que deja sin palabras.

Pareciera ser el Garth Ennis gamberro de siempre, ese que le gusta pasarse de la raya sólo por joder. Y lo es; sin embargo, a poco andar y justo cuando pareciera que su "sentido del humor" ya no causa gracia, se devela como lo que realmente es: un cuento de horror humanista.

Garth Ennis se pone serio, muy serio.

Recordando que el gran aporte del imaginario zombie que nos heredó Romero es la crítica social, Ennis revisita el fenómeno dándole un giro de tuerca
Anthony Ryan
Aug 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
For me this is Garth Ennis’s most impressive book. Thematically similar to Robert Kirkman’s 'The Walking Dead', 'Crossed' is the story of a dwindling group of survivors traversing an America ravaged by a virus which turns its victims into homicidal maniacs: dubbed the Crossed for the cruciform facial scarring that accompanies infection. Unlike the shambling Romero inspired roamers of Kirkman’s dead-world, the Crossed are a pitiless embodiment of human cruelty, often cunning as well as ferocious, ...more
Jun 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-and-read
The most intensely amazing thing about this story is how deep it peers into the darkness that is a few brain chemicals imbalances away for each and every one of us. What if your ability and interest in stifling your id - the pure, sociopathic, uninhibited impulses - were utterly removed/prevented from kicking in? The ability of Ennis & Burrows to stare directly into the maw of this near-reality is awe-inspiring and scary - scary not because they must be so f'd up to think of this, but scary ...more
Katy (Queen of the trash nerds)
Ok, buckle up kids.

First off there is a massive trigger warning for just about everything in this book. Seriously, Ennis, you need to talk to someone because I don't want to open up a newspaper and have to read about you.

Look, I understand that this is a horror comic. It's set in a world where everyone's morality is removed and they act on base impulses. They kill. They rape. They torture. And they do it in the most grossest possible ways (yes, even the way you are thinking of now). But there
Nov 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
...........Sweet holy moses. This is the most depraved, demented thing I've ever seen in print and you almost certainly shouldn't read it. It's a zombie apocalypse variant in which the infected retain their intelligence but become psychotic ultrahedonistic rapetorturekillers. They're recognizable not just by all the rapetorturekilling that they're doing but also by a weird cross shaped kind of eczema that scars their faces.

The whole point of Crossed seems to be that when the world DOES go tits u
Sep 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommended to Andrew by: m
Shelves: c-comics, read-own-d
The Walking Dead on speed.

I'm starting to wonder what Ennis would be like in person. So many of his characters are hideous people. He seems to have a very pessimistic view of human behaviour - I wonder if it's just an interesting plot device, or if he really does think most humans suck. There are a few good human characters in his books, however, they are just rare.

I found this book very interesting. Some parts are very silly and gore-filled, but it's balanced by interesting characters.
Leo Robertson
Jul 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolute chaos and abandon. Disgusting. Love it!
Jerry Jose
Nov 18, 2017 rated it did not like it
Here goes my sleep and appetite and peace of mind.

For Garth Ennis, story's apocalyptic premise, evocative of King's Captain Trips, was just an edgy excuse to craft a nauseating gore fest for its feral savages. There was even a character named Randall in the first few issues. Anyway, it was above my personal threshold for grossness and violence.

Panels were filled with repeated instances of rape, child murders, cannibalism, and other perverted horrors I couldn't process. Other than working on a
Sooraya Evans
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
As a fan of post-apocalyptic horror, I didn’t have high hopes for this series. But this volume blew me away. Despite the fact that the gore is over the top, there’s actually a story. And it’s not bad. Issue 4 in particular was so intense. When you start caring about the characters, that’s when you know a series is good. Like The Walking Dead and Y-The Last Man, I have a feeling that reader’s won’t ever know the source of the outbreak. Jacen Burrows artwork is well suited for the series. I don’t ...more
Jul 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, favorites
Other Useful Reviews: Eisnein's review and Paul Perry's review

Book Info: This collection contains Crossed issues #0-9.

ABSOLUTE RATING: {4/5 stars}


"It was like that, the first year. Meeting others. Learning. Preparing. Being ready to kill a stranger or a friend, before they did the same or worse to you. Moving on, quashing any thought and feeling; not least of which was what it might be doing to your soul."
– Stan


(Note: The following review addresses one of
This is messed up stuff. Some of the art is gruesome and downright sick. But you know what? I loved it! This is like TWD on steroids but much better.

So, it's about a group of survivors who just happened to be in a small-town diner in America when some kind of epidemic strikes most of the population, turning people into zombie cannibal sadist rapists with cross marks on their face. The survivors have to avoid the baddies while travelling across America. I loved it! Twisted shit with kickass char
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