“Crossed” is published by Avatar Press and drawn by Jacen Burrows. Ennis has penned a version of the script that is being shown to directors. The story follows survivors dealing with a zombie-like plague that causes it victims to carry out their most evil thoughts and wishes, including murder, rape, mutilation, arson, etc. Carriers of the virus are known as the Crossed since a cross-like rash appears on their faces. This contagion is primarily spread through bite wounds and rape, assuming that the victim doesn’t die first, but can be spread by any bodily fluid, which the Crossed have used to great effect by treating their weapons with their fluids. It does not appear to affect animals in any way.
Garth Ennis and Facundo Percio have a new horror science-fiction series inspired by Ridley Scott’s Alien and Prometheus set for release this April (check out our interview with Ennis here). The series follows the crew of the Caliban space ship as they suddenly encounter a seemingly abandoned alien vessel. When they realize they are not alone, the real nightmare begins to unfold. It sounds a lot like Alien, but I imagine Ennis will pull the rug from under us as the series evolves. Check out the unlettered interior pages for “Caliban” #1 below.
Garth Ennis never seems to rest. He’s constantly developing new projects, and this spring Garth will debut his latest offering, the horror/science-fiction epic, “Caliban”, with artist Facundo Percio (“Anna Mercury”, “Fashion Beast”) for the warped folks over at Avatar Press.
“Caliban” is the story of a deep space mining vessel that stumbles onto an alien life form. The crew of the “Caliban” are thrust into a position where they are the frontlines for humanity, establishing contact with this new found species and deciphering if they are friend or a foe. “Caliban” plays out like Garth Ennis’ personal love letter to Ridley Scott’s Alien as he explores the depths of extraterrestrial horror.
Ennis took the time to answer a few questions about “Caliban” for Bloody-Disgusting and spoke about how the series was initially inspired by last year’s Prometheus, what it’s like working with artist Facundo Percio, and what fans can expect when the series finally launches. READ MORE
Garth Ennis stepped away from the “Crossed” series for a bit, but is returning to the book in March with the release of the monumental “Crossed: Badlands” #50. In true violent fashion, Garth is set to take fans back to the beginning where it all began and the “Crossed” virus was unleashed.
Joining Garth for this upcoming arc is artist Christian Zanier, who illustrated Christos Gage’s Crossed arc, which told the harrowing tale of Oliver, a traitorous human only interested in his own survival. Gage and Zanier also introduced us to the villainous alpha Crossed – Smokey, who brought a new horrifying element to the book; intelligence.
Bloody-Disgusting caught up with Christian Zanier to discuss his work on “Crossed” and offered some insight into what fans can expect from the upcoming seven part “Crossed” epic known as “Patient Zero”. READ MORE
Garth Ennis stepped away from his series for a bit, letting other writers tell their violent tales of madness. Now, he returns to tell his Patient Zero story in “Crossed: Badlands” #50 in March. In celebration of the 50th issue, Avatar will also be releasing the latest trade collection and a new T-shirt.
Check out all of the variant cover art below and all the solicitations. READ MORE
Garth Ennis and Steve Dillion’s controversial epic continues with a hard look at Cassidy. As Jesse’s right hand man on the search for God, Cassidy has often caused more trouble than he’s prevented. “Preacher: Dixie Fried” starts when the vampire suggests the motely crew head to New Orleans to enlist the help of a voodoo priest. This volume gives insight into Cassidy’s past. Ennis makes it clear that our secondary hero is nothing but trouble as the seeds of treachery are sown within the opening pages. READ MORE
Avatar Press and ComiXology have worked out a distribution agreement at last. Avatar was probably the biggest company left who was not putting their material up for grabs on the digital comics site. The launch begins with 50 issues from creators such as Alan Moore, Max Brooks, and Garth Ennis, available now. READ MORE
“Preacher: Ancient History” takes a detour from the adventures of Jesse, Tulip, and Cassidy to focus on the supporting cast. Ennis is joined by a variety of artists who help him flesh out the antagonists he has created over the first three volumes. The result is a wildly entertaining look at villainy. This is Ennis at his most depraved. Which is to say this volume is fantastic look at the gore soaked histories of some of Preacher’s more unsavory characters. The entire effort serves to humanize monstrous characters and deepen the mythology of the series in a wonderfully scenic detour from the main story. READ MORE
In “Preacher: Proud Americans” Garth Ennis gives Jesse and Tulip’s relationship a back seat to the developing mythology. Unsteady alliances are created and the nature of genesis is revealed. Ennis doesn’t let up for a second, and Dillion’s work only gets better. This is “Preacher” at it’s best. The narrative never stops moving, and the main adventure is bookended by two incredible backstories. READ MORE
Garth Ennis’s second ‘Preacher’ arc begins with a disturbing and incredible origin story for Jesse Custer. The character’s tragic past engages the reader and then breaks their heart. “Until The End Of The World” is pulse pounding. Buckets of gore and bodily fluids paint almost every page. A secret organization attempts to establish Jesse as the new messiah. New characters introduce themselves, and old ones say goodbye. If that wasn’t enough Ennis’ script finds time to weave a love story through pages loaded with the excess of debauchery. READ MORE
Garth Ennis’ wildly original story about a wayward preacher who posses the word of God begins here. Join us as we revisit Jesse Custer’s adventures across America. Where he teams up with a gunslinging babe, a foul mouthed Irish vampire, and is frequently visited by the spirit of John Wayne. There is no proper way to articulate the magic of ‘Preacher’ however; we here at Bloody Disgusting are going to revisit this iconic series over the next ten weeks. Covering a trade at a time. This is your chance to read along, and experience one of the wittiest and most original stories in comics.
This week is the first trade “Preacher: Gone to Texas.” Filled with sacrilege, gore, and amazing characters. All brought to life by Steve Dillion’s disgusting depictions of America. If this is your first time through ‘Preacher” you won’t be able to put it down. READ MORE
Garth Ennis is one of the most twisted minds writing comics today. His work on books like “Preacher”, “The Boys”, and “The Punisher”, has consistently pushed the boundaries of storytelling in the comics world, while forcing readers to examine the harsh realities of war, violence, sex and religion.
In 2008 Ennis launched his now infamous horror series “Crossed” with Avatar Press. The series follows a group of survivors struggling to stay alive in a post-apocalyptic world where a virus has turned the majority of the population into murdering sadistic monsters. Once infected by the virus they are completely stripped of their moral inhibitions and are now out to rape, torture, and kill anything they cross paths with. Nothing is off limits when it comes to the world of “Crossed” and the series has given audiences terrifyingly tales of rape, incest, and extreme torture, that have forced readers to run screaming for confession. “Crossed” is quite simply not for the faint of heart, and is one of the most extreme books out there in the market. What makes “Crossed” so fascinating is not the stomach curdling depictions of violence or the scenes of torture, but the extreme measures that the survivors will take in order to guarantee their own safety.
Bloody-Disgusting was fortunate to get the opportunity to talk to Ennis about everything that he has planned for “Crossed” in the coming months, Eincluding the live-action webisodes, his criteria for selecting writers, and what he has planned for the landmark “Crossed: Badlands” issue #50. READ MORE
C-Day 2013 starts tomorrow, March 13th. The event is celebrated by comic retailers in North America, celebrating Garth Ennis’ brutal, bloody, and entertaining horror series, “Crossed”. The day also marks the release of Crossed: Badlands #25, which sees Ennis’ return to the series.
Stores participating in the celebration will be handing out loads of gross-out goodies including collectible buttons, tattoos, stickers, shirts, and some of you lucky dogs will even be treated to a full on party.At a Crossed party, anything can happen (please don’t bring weapons to your comic shops). READ MORE
Garth Ennis, the mastermind writer behind titles such as “Preacher”, “The Boys”, and “Punisher Max”, got his start big start writing Judge Dredd stories at 2000AD throughout the early 90s. For the first time 2000AD is publishing Ennis’ best “Dredd” works in one massive, bloody volume for North American readers. The book is available for order now in both Canada and the U.S. READ MORE
To say that this issue marks the end of The Boys is somewhat disingenuous. In truth, the series ended last issue. Issue #72, the final issue, is merely the epilogue – a final, subtle goodbye to the characters we cared about, and the tying of loose ends from the series. Well, what ends remain that is – let’s be real, most of the characters didn’t quite make it to this point. While this issue doesn’t measure up to the high points of the series, particularly in comparison with the stellar previous issue, it’s still good for what it is. Besides, if you’ve been reading this far into “The Boys”, you already know you’re picking this up. READ MORE
It’s not all sunshine and gumdrops being a comic character. Sometimes – actually, quite often – characters meet a gruesome, brutal fate. And that’s what we’re here to celebrate, because we are horrible, morbid, immoral people who delight in the suffering and agony of fictional characters. Comics have a history of violent deaths, but sometimes they are forgotten, left lying in the gutters. We’ve compiled a list of what we believe are the most brutal deaths in comics. It goes without saying, this is NSFW. READ MORE
Garth Ennis’ run on The Shadow concludes in issue 6, as Lamont Cranston and company attempt to prevent the Japanese from obtaining the materials necessary to build a death ray and end World War II. It’s the end of another solid Ennis tale, featuring the solid characterization, tight writing and – yes – gratuitous amounts of violence that he’s known for. Aaron Campbell’s art is as good as it’s been for the past few issues, enhancing the story with its vivid depictions of the action and the scenes in between. It’s a shame to see Ennis leave, but at least he’s left on a high note. READ MORE
Fans of Garth Ennis’ demented “Crossed” series have wanted to see it in live action for some time, but due to it’s violent and brutal nature, it seemed unlikely. Ennis addressed the issue right away at his spotlight panel at NYCC alongside William Christensen. Christensen said that Garth Ennis will be writing and directing a series of live-action “Crossed” webisodes, to be followed by a “Crossed” feature film, also written and directed by Ennis. The plan is to begin production in fall of 2013. READ MORE
The Boys #71 is here, and with it comes the end of one of the best series in comics. I know, I know, there’s still another issue left, but that’s just the aftermath. For all intents and purposes, this is the last issue of “The Boys” as we know them, and it delivers in spades. HEAVY spoilers follow, so if you’re reading this to figure out if you should buy this issue, or start this series, do yourself a favor: close your browser and go grab every issue. Thank me later. READ MORE
Writer Jamie Delano is a legend in the horror comics scene. His lengthy, and essential runs on “Hellblazer” and “Animal Man” still stand the test of time, and are recognized as some of the best works with those characters. Delano is making his triumphant return to the comics world with a six issue arc on Avatar’s brutal, twisted, and violent series, ‘Crossed: Badlands‘, beginning this week with issue #4. Bloody-Disgusting caught up with Delano to discuss his upcoming work on “Crossed”, his thoughts on DC’s New 52, and his inspiration within the darkness. READ MORE
Dynamite has been picking up some steam with their releases over the past year, and this is perhaps the biggest of the bunch. Famed writer, Garth Ennis with artist Aaron Campbell are re-imagining The Shadow, and it begins later this month. Ennis is well known for his dark and no holds barred writing style that matches up perfectly with the old-time hero. The original character dates back to the 1930s, a pulp style crime-fighting vigilante with mysterious powers and his signature red bandana tied around his mouth. The new series will travel back to late 1930s New York for a dark spy series that will inevitably be one of Dynamite’s best of the year. Check out the preview below.
Not sure how this one slipped under our radar, but we feel quite ashamed for only bringing this to you now. Better late than never, I suppose. You’ve all heard of Crossed, the most gruesome in-your-face horror comic around, and to go along with the new Badlands series, Avatar has begun releasing a free weekly webcomic! Written by Simon Spurrier with art by Javier Barreno, Crossed: Wish You Were Here continues the brutal trail of violence in the same world as the main title. New chapters are released every Thursday. Head over to the Avatar website for the free reads.
In 2008 writer Garth Ennis and artist Jacen Burrows redefined horror comics with the release of Crossed. The concept was simple; a virus begins infecting people worldwide and causes them to lose all inhibitions and act upon their most evil thoughts. The book became an instant success due to its violent, disgusting and often disturbing imagery, and fans loved it.
After a series of Crossed book written by David Lapham, Ennis and Burrows have finally returned to the sick and depraved world he created to write the initial story arc of Crossed: Badlands, a new bi-weekly ongoing series. In this incarnation of the book, we are introduced to group of Scottish survivors that have managed to survive the Crossed outbreak by heading to rural countryside. This misfit band of survivors, which includes a book store employee, a pregnant woman and a disfigured sharpshooter who claims to be who claims to be Prince Harry, are scavenging for supplies as the Crossed close in.
As you should well know by now, the infamous CROSSED is getting it’s own ongoing series beginning this March. The all-star creative team of Garth Ennis and Jacen Burrows are bringing you one of the most intense, bloody, and insane horror books out there. Each arc will take travel to a new place in the world, following a mass pandemic that turns the population into nutty psychopaths who would make John Wayne Gacy proud. This is not one to miss. Check out a whole lot of details and a sweet preview from Avatar after the break.