Thursday, March 26, 2009

Review - Crossed #4 (Avatar, 2009)



They're behind you!!!

Very good installment of this ultimate sex/horror apocalypse. The fear is very real. The 'crossed' are finding new ways to get sick and twisted (these are not 'zombies' - these are monsters and savages, at the mercy of their bloodlust and sexual urges) and the survivors continue to try and avoid the crossed and reach relative safety. There is a very tense scene towards the end of ths issue involving a bridge, and it is during this scene that you understand again what the sick thrill of this book is - it is the fear. The fear of the crossed turning up, chasing you, catching you...it doesn't bare thinking about (you don't have to, because Ennis and Burrows spell it out enough throughout the issues so far).

This is horror at its most distilled. Pure fear, pure horror. I have been critical of the book in the past, but when it really hits it's stride there is no other comic book out there that generates this sort of tension, fear and suspense - or the complete lack of hope (though to be fair, Ennis manages to add some real humanity into this issue, involving food, and it is jarring as it is so opposite to all the blackness swirling throughout the book).

It may not be to everyones taste, but 'Crossed' is one of the most distinctive titles out there at the moment, pushing and testing the boundaries of what is acceptable fare for comic books. It needs to be respected at the very least, but there is also a very keen understanding of horror running throughout.

Verdict - A highlight of the week. The stuff of the most terrible nightmares. 9 out of 10.

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