What I thought of Crossed +100 #10

Thoughts about #1#2#3#4#5#6#7#8 and #9.

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At the end of the last issue Future and her group had encountered a gang of  what they thought to be Crossed but where in fact, humans being kept by the Crossed, and once they’d been discovered all hell broke lose.

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Except everything isn’t clear at all as these humans/Crossed can pull back the more feral Crossed just by shouting at them.

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From here it seems there’s been experiments at human/Crossed hybrids, and even controlling the wild Crossed that’s worked, so these creatures can develop though it becomes clear these are the results of Salt’s ‘seven dwarves’ and that things are actually worse than Future thought.

Then it kicks off…

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There’s a battle and people are lost in the most action orientated issue of Spurrier’s run so far, and there’s one moment that’s just brilliant in it’s insanity, however this is leading to something larger as the scale of the Crossed threat becomes very clear to Future. Her job now is to convince the Imam of it and then gather an army to take these more organised Crossed on which leads into next issue…..

What I thought of Crossed +100 #9

Thoughts about #1#2#3#4#5#6#7 and #8.

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Last issue Future Taylor realised the smarter Crossed were holding human settlements to a horrendous ransom rather than just go piling in torturing, raping and killing as the human race have got used to the Crossed doing. This issue picks up shortly after the ending of last issue with Future back in Mursfreeboro and having to deal with religion in a post-Crossed world.

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Spurrier treats this modified version of Islam well, but the issue remains in that Cautious is acting erratically and Future needs to try to convince the people of her current settlement to take the fight to the Crossed, something they’re reluctant to do.This sparks a bit of a domestic and some interesting use of profanities in this new world.

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This helps Future get a group together to scout the Crossed town she found previously to help get the proof she needs to convince the Imam that there needs to be a war to wipe out the intelligent Crossed, but the town has been wiped clean as if it never existed. The Crossed have cleaned up after themselves.

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Future doesn’t give up and decides to kick on to see what she can find, and what she finds are the Crossed. However they appear to be scared or at least wary of Future Taylor.

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But it becomes clear these aren’t Crossed, in fact Future works out what they actually are.

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There lies one more horrible twist in this issue which makes it clear just how long the Crossed have been using humans in their plans, and that makes things all the more scary as these aren’t mindless animals Future is facing. But smart, ruthless and totally immoral creatures that will wait if need be to get what they want which is to inflict pain and suffering where they can.

This issue doesn’t so much close on a cliffhanger but it does make one desperate to see where this story goes from here, but there’s definitely something huge Spurrier is building up to.

What I thought of Crossed +100 #8

Thoughts about #1#2#3#4#5#6 and #7.

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Last issue Future Taylor saved the pilots of a balloon, That’s right, in a post-apocalyptic world there’s still balloons which allows Si Spurrier to drop an obvious reference to early 19th century science fiction and the work of Jules Verne. It’s a lovely little touch.

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In a world where the Crossed are a serious threat again this is a lovely bit of romance but it’s a practical device for Spurrier to open up the future Crossed world Alan Moore developed as Future and Mr. McBlarney (the main pilot of the craft) travel this world. As for McBlarney, his dialogue is incredibly hard to read til I sussed that Spurrier is using a similar trick to what say, Irvine Welsh did on Trainspotting so it makes perfect sense if you read it exactly as it’s written down.

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It turns out Future is a celebrity after escaping the carnage of Chooga, and she’s not exactly comfortable with her new found fame, but although the threat of the Crossed hangs over everything, the scenes between McBlarney and Future are a joy. It’s somewhat refreshing to see such scenes in a Crossed comic because they’re human, and if this is a world where humanity is finding itself again these are lovely little touches. As said though, the horrors of the Crossed aren’t far away and on a trip to another settlement Future is given a shocking video by another archivist.

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The smarter Crossed are now not just murdering, torturing and raping at a whim, but instead are raiding smaller settlements and setting out a clear set of demands.

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After the earlier scenes this is horrifying which is exactly the point because the town Taylor is in is the same town the Crossed have threatened, so the hope is that she ends up being one of the quota imposed by the Crossed.

This is an excellent continuation of Alan Moore’s story that is saying something more about this broken world, and the things that people will do to save themselves. It’s pronounced how much more the threat is here than the initial issues of Moore’s run, partly because Moore was telling a different type of story but mainly because Spurrier wants us to face the decisions made in this issue and a slower pace wouldn’t be suitable for this story.

So a great issue and a horrible final page to top it all off. Fantastic stuff.

What I thought of Crossed +100 #7

Thoughts about #1#2#3#4#5 and #6.

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Last issue saw Alan Moore and artist Gabriel Andrande leave the future world of the Crossed with Future Taylor escaping from her settlement after a more intelligent and in control strain of Crossed invade, take over and kill, torture or imprison her people. By any stretch of the imagination it was a cold, scary horrible ending to a cracking little mystery/horror story This issue sees Si Spurrier take over the writing and Fernando Heinz take over the art. It’s the art that’s the first thing that’s instantly different as Heinz is a lot more cartoony and looser than Andrade was, and I admit that the effect is initially jarring but he settles in just fine especially when he draws the more grotesque material.

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It’s Spurrier’s script that’s the real big difference because he’s injected a thick vein of jet black humour into this right from the off as we see Future trying to prepare the town of Murfreesboro for a Crossed attack.It doesn’t go well mainly because this is a peaceful Muslim (Islam is the only pre-Crossed religion to remain in use) town and they’re not fighters though the threat is very real.

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It turns out they encounter the Crossed sooner rather than later which leads to something menacing for Future as one of the Crossed recognises her.

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I like the smarter Crossed rather than their insane but dim cousins. They’re a harder threat to overcome as after all, creator Garth Ennis has made it clear from the off that you can just wait out the Crossed in the cold. To make them a real threat again is needed because they’re used too often as just insane zombies and that’s boring.

Like Moore, Spurrier is building up a plot here and although his script is less dense than Moore’s, it’s not bad at all while it cracks along at a pretty speedy pace. There’s an awful lot to explore in this post-post-apocalyptic world and I’m intrigued to see what Spurrier intends to do in it.