by Garth Ennis and Jacen Burrows.
Crossed is the latest Avatar book from Garth Ennis who appears to be taking the same route as Warren Ellis and Jamie Delano of throwing a few projects over to Avatar where they know their big name status will guarantee publishing and extensive publicity. Now, some of Warren Ellis’ recent stuff has been very, very good (Freakangels, Crecy) but some of it’s been determinedly so-so as well.
And here we have Crossed. Another one for the so-so pile I’m afraid. It’s the zombie story that isn’t a zombie story. A sinister mystery infection turns normal folks into bloodthirsty, crazed monsters who just want to eat your face off. Okay, so the people doing the face eating aren’t dead, but everything else here ticks all the classic Dawn Of The Dead zombie boxes.
Just like Warren Ellis’ recent Avatar zombie tale, Blackgas, I thought Crossed was a fair, solid little horror story but there’s just not enough here to differentiate it from the numerous other zombie horror books on the racks. The story’s solid enough and the art from Jacen Burrows is better than his previous stuff but again, is just nothing special.
Of course, the real problem here might be the format. It’s one of those $1 zero issues with just 11 pages of comics that has to not only introduce the storyline and the characters but grab the reader enough to get them to come back for issue 1 and pay full price for it. Crossed, with 11 very fast, set up the action, dialogue light pages just never gave me enough to really make any kind of judgement beyond the feeling I’d seen it all before. I’m enough of a Garth Ennis fan to kind of want to look at the next issue, but overall the whole 11 page teaser preview just hasn’t worked for me.
Generally, if you’re a horror fan, or a fan of Garth Ennis’ more recent work, Crossed should appeal. But don’t get your hopes up for anything new or different, this is a zombies by the numbers kind of tale (just without actual zombies). As for me, maybe it’s one to revisit later on in it’s 10 issue series, or maybe one to get in collected form. Or maybe not. It’s that sort of book.