‘Crossing’ An All New Line Of Wrong: ‘Crossed: Family Values’ Issue 3

Okay, so we all know that the Garth Ennis created “CROSSED” is screwed up in every way possible. That’s half the reason we all love it. Sure, there are plenty of moments while we are reading it that we feel like vile, horrible, despicable people for even touching the thing much less spending $4s on it. In most cases I am less than shocked, sometimes I go “Oh, dang”, few times I’ll even mutter a few choice expletives. Well you can chalk this one up to an all new category of ‘THEoDEAD sat staring at the computer monitor for a good minute trying to process what he was seeing’. Before we go any further I have to warn you that not only is this photo NSFW and full of spoilers, but it is also more than a little disturbing to the average reader. Even I feel a bit violated after seeing this, and it makes me question my moral fortitude. (Sounds like fun, right?!) Therefore I feel obligated to warn you that you should think before making the jump. In any event…read on for the skinny.

WRITTEN BY: David Lapham
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: Javier Barreno

“The biggest hit horror series of the year returns with an all-new six-issue series written by David (Stray Bullets) Lapham! The Pratt family was torn apart by the sudden strike of the infected masses, they watched family members horrifically killed. The survivors founded a whole new settlement, banded together with other stragglers, and have started to build a new life hidden away from the Crossed. But what is the price of surviving in this new World, could it be that the only way to persevere is to be even more evil than the Crossed are? At humanity’s darkest hour – some folks just need killing. Imagine, for a moment, the worst crimes against humanity. Picture the cruelest affronts to decency. Conjure your darkest nightmares… and then realize it could all be so much worse. When civilization crumbles in one terrifying moment; when people are gleefully breaking into unthinkable acts of violence all around you; when everyone you love has died screaming in agony: What do you do? There is no help. There is no hope. There is no escape. There are only the Crossed. Crossed: Family Values #3 is available with a Regular and Wraparound cover by Jacen Burrows, a Torture cover by Juan Jose Ryp, and a special rare Red Crossed retailer incentive.”

So now I leave it to ll of you: what do you think? Is “CROSSED” going out of the realm of entertainment and becoming a cheap ‘gore-porn’ the likes of which we have never even had nightmares of, or is it simply ‘not that bad’ to everyone? Reviewers are condemning this issue due to more than one scene like this within the book’s pages, and I would have to say that the series has definitely hit a new high/low depending on your outlook. So what say you?

“CROSSED: FAMILY VALUES” Is Available Worldwide TODAY From Avatar Press! (MSRP-$3.99)