Thursday, February 12, 2009

Review - Crossed #3 (2009)

Ennis and Burrows continue their shock tactics, though there is less awe this time around

Warning - Spoilers!

This is a late review - this was actually released a couple of weeks ago, but I only got to go through it yesterday. By coincidence I got to read this directly after The Walking Dead #58, and so, while maybe a bit unfair, I did make a comparison between the 2 titles. This is not going to be me eulogising Robert Kirkmans title, however - I do that enough elsewhere on this blog. I think Crossed has a fear factor more intense than The Walking Dead, and there is a real intense feeling of all pervasive dread and terror that the more character driven Kirkman title cannot match generally speaking.

But this is the problem that Crossed #3 has for me - there is a lack of the 'crossed' and so the focus is on the survivors and the way the world has tilted so far that they do unspeakable things in order to survive. Ennis is a great writer, but the issue didn't really draw me in like #2 did. I prefer the human cast when they are being hunted to be honest,as opposed to being the hunters, as they are here. I am not really engaging with many of the cast may take a few more issues for that to happen, I don't know. The shock value is there though, and children are again involved in some truly awful scenes. I guess you can rely on Ennis to provide that controversy, though in this case you couldn't really engage with the victims as they were never really 'fleshed' out in the story - within a few pages they had been dispatched- you'll know what I mean if you read it. The art is very good, and Burrows can rely illustrate these little pockets of hell, and larger 2 page spreads where the madness of the infected makes you feel sick in your stomach. The covers are suitably sick and perverse, especially the Santa one....

There is an excellent review here that encapsulates my feelings about 'crossed' to a great extent.

I will still be with it for #4. It still has its hooks in me.

Verdict - great art, but the absence of the 'crossed' leads to a dissipation of the tension and terror that has been so effectively built up in the last few issues. 6 out of 10