Crossed is a problematic comic. It is by no means woke but when creator Garth Ennis isn’t writing it, the comic descends into empty sex and violence which is frankly boring, and even sometimes designed purely to offend for the sheer hell of it. Ennis’s work pushes what post-apocalyptic horror is as well as delving into how humanity would keep itself going against an enemy who doesn’t give a fuck.
Be warned, Ennis may well be investigating human emotion and the nature of what humanity actually is, but he doesn’t shirk from showing you everything.
The first volume Ennis, along with artist Jacen Burrows, reshapes the survival horror apocalpse story we’re now familiar with thanks to things like The Walking Dead. Here there’s no hope. The Crossed are not zombies; they’re humans with canibalistic habits (as well as every habit you can imagine) but they retain some of their intelligence and worse, memory, so they’re able to taunt you as they’re raping you to death.
However my favourite Crossed story is more akin to a political thriller at first, and more amazingly, it features Gordon Brown as the chief protagonist. The Thin Red Line is an amazing work as it spins into a work of political intrigue to horrific apocalypse with the fate of the world resting on a politician not known for being decisive.
It really is one of the best comics of the 21st century, but sadly after Ennis leaves again the book falls into the usual shock and gore, before Alan Moore’s interesting run set a century after the initial outbreak however search out the first volume and The Thin Red Line for two very different variations of the modern horror comic.