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7 Most Shocking & Disturbing Moments From “Crossed” (NSFW)

No other horror title turns a stomach quite like “Crossed”. The book is easily the most vile, depraved, and sickest horror comic being published today. The “Crossed” come up with some imaginative ways of torturing their victims, as readers have watched them rape, crucify, disembowel, and bludgeon people in every conceivable way. The only time the “Crossed” feel any semblance of remorse is when they’ve ran out of victims. Here is my list of the most disturbing moments we’ve been forced to endure in the pages of “Crossed” so far. Let us know yours in the comments.

1. Bludgeoning by a horse’s cock
One of the most beloved villains in Crossed history, ‘Horsecock’ got his name from his infatuation with beating people to death with a horse’s cock. This twisted sadist was first introduced in the original “Crossed” mini-series by Garth Ennis and Jacen Burrows. Watching a man get beaten to death by a horse’s cock looks as vile as it sounds and leaves the images burned into your mind.

2. Joseph Pratt raping his own daughters to repopulate following the outbreak

In ‘Crossed” Family values’ writer David Lapham introduced readers to Joseph Pratt, a tyrant that used his religious beliefs to justify physically and sexually abusing his own family when the outbreak began. Joseph ruled with an iron first to the point where his entire family was living in fear from his violent temper, in addition to the threat of the “Crossed”.

3. Harold Lorre cutting off a man’s face and wearing it as a dead skin mask
When the “Crossed” plague broke out, Harold used it as an excuse to unleash his twisted and perverse desires onto the survivors that remained. Lorre’s horrific highlights include countless sexual offenses, as well as cutting off a woman’s breast and saving it in a zip-lock bag as a souvenir. His most grotesque moment has to be cutting off a man named Darwin’s face then wearing it as a mask while rapes the his girlfriend Claire. Lorre’s action proves that it is possible for a human to be even more despicable than the Crossed themselves.

4. The axe wielding ex-firefighter Smokey
Before writer Christos Gage introduced the axe wielding ex-firefighter Smokey to the mythos, the Crossed where nothing more than mindless killing machines. Gage introduced a new element of horror to the “Crossed” series with Smokey; intelligence. ‘Smokey’ was able to prolong his instant gratification, as he plotted a plan to inflect more damage on the remaining survivors. ‘Smokey’ toying with his victims added a psychological element to the series that was far more frightening than the disturbing acts of graphic violence.

5. A “Crossed” lung-fucking a dolphin
Nothing will prepare you for the opening sequence of ‘Crossed: Wish You Were Here’ where one depraved Crossed fucks a dolphin in his blowhole. This scene definitely set the standard for sick and twisted in the “Crossed’ world, as readers can never be the same after reading this scene.

6. Spine on countertop
Who could forget the scene that kicked off the original Crossed series? An infected man casually walks into a diner, emblazoned with a red cross on his face, and proudly plunks down a bloody spine onto the countertop. The man ghoulishly grins before biting off a man’s nose and kicking off a reign of terror. It was here that all the major characters were introduced, but the graphic imagery stuck with readers long afterwards.

7. LARPing
After surviving the horrors of Harold Lorre in “Crossed: Psychopath”, Amanda finds herself on the run from the “Crossed”. While searching for a safe house, Amanda finds a band of survivors that are clearly insane and suffering from schizophrenic delusions. The group, dubbed the ‘Livers’, are doing a truly psychotic version of a live action role-playing game (LARP) during the outbreak. This story-arc was truly one of the strangest ‘WTF’ moments in the “Crossed” series that was unsettling to read.



  • J Jett

    i know it could (most likely) never happen but i wish they could make a live action movie out of these. lol.

    • DataAddict

      LMAO, as you said, there’s almost no f#cking way that “Crossed” gets a faithful adaptation.

      I mean, holy sh¡t, can you imagine!? It’d make “Cannibal Holocaust” look like “Mister Rogers!” ‹0_o›

  • Werewolf

    Had no idea this comic was so perverse. Will have to read it now *.*

  • TwentyCamels

    Kevin Spacey owns the film rights, oddly enough. I’d love to see a big screen incarnation too.

  • THEComedyholligan

    This site needs way more crossed content. Crossed is incredible. However I wouldn’t say this is the best list of crossed. I mean Harold Lorre did way worse then wear some dudes face. And the larpers arc was just gross. And not of very high quality in comparison. Also smokey was by far not the first ” super” crossed. Although he was one of the best.

  • BigJ

    I did an interview with Garth Ennis last summer and he is going to crowd-fund a live action Crossed web series. He will direct the episodes himself and properly adapt the source material. Can’t wait for that!

    • J Jett

      BigJ, that’s fucking awesome! i will help fund this!! i’ve never done something like that before but i will in order to get this made! can’t wait! thanx for the info/heads up.

      • BigJ

        No problem. We’ll cover the campaign whenever it launches and I’m personally excited for it.

    • Wow. This excites me to no end.

  • Canucklehead

    Much like Walking Dead books, there is significant focus placed on how the survivors are as much to be feared as the Crossed. Oh and by the way, every Crossed title is unsettling to read and I wouldn’t have it any other way. The web comic is also quite good.

    • Mr.Mirage

      Was going to say the exact same thing – every Crossed title (if not every issue) has something in it that makes me just stop and stare.

  • Matt

    They should have a Crossed vs Walking Dead, where survivors fight it out. I don’t know maybe have them meet at some facility, where a scientist tricks them. It is a lab setup like a Star Trek Holodeck. So the scientist plays out what they would each do if put in a survival battle, you know to see if they are worthy of his salvation of self sustaining facility. So at first you think these two paths cross, but is actually a simulation, and just a walking dead comic, with Crossed characters as the simulation, so if ever on TV, you can’t say your movie had morose things happening because it wasn’t actually real. The twist, the one guy supporting the group, who we all know and love, is only one who passes the test, and can stay and live with full holodeck privileges, or go back out there and try and survive.

  • Jaysin Horror

    I just recently read, and loved, the Ferals title and found out that guy went on to help write Crossed. Both are great titles!

    • BigJ

      Ferals was a criminally underrated book. I heard they are bringing in back in fall 2014 with a different artist.

      • Jaysin Horror

        Man, I HOPE they do! While I loved what they offered, I still felt like there was plenty of life left in potential stories for this book!

  • Fantasma George

    Really? Nothing with the clowns on Yellow Belly? Because I didn’t sleep that night!

    • BigJ

      I agree that could have easily made the list but I had to cut somewhere

  • iddqd87

    Nothing about violating a woman with a rotary cultivator, huh?

    • BigJ

      Damn. That was one scene that probably should have made this list.

  • Yakushiji Tenzen

    most of the stories now are just torture porn. Ennis is still the best writer on this series. I did like Christos Gage’s run though..

    • BigJ

      I do agree that some of the arcs could be consider torture porn, but there have been some great arcs by David Lapham, Jamie Delano, and Si Spurrier is doing amazing work on “Crossed: Wish You Were Here”

      • DataAddict

        The “Psychopath” series/arc, to me at least, was the only one that degenerated into nauseating, poorly executed, and ultimately UNINTERESTING “torture porn.”

        Seriously, Harold Lorre’s character would have had far more haunting an impact had his illustrator & writer shown ANY restraint in presenting him.

        After all, in proper doses, nothing is scarier than the UNSEEN, than the IMPLIED, which forces the reader’s mind to hesitantly “fill in the blanks” with its own subconscious horrors.

  • BigJ

    Are there any other moments from Crossed that should have been on this list?

    • Fantasma George

      Well besides also the clowns I’d pick from the later chapters on Wish You Were Here: Game Warden living with the nun and her new followers. The atmosphere in that is just too cold and grim. And also from Fatal Englishman: “But is it art??”

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