When it comes to post-apocalyptic zombie adventures you usually think of The Walking Dead. Crossed gives the reader a fantastic adventure in a different way than most zombie comics do. We’re not getting the entire picture or seeing a group of people trying to save the world. We get a slice of life pieces in different time periods and the actual “zombie” virus is never explained, just theorized. The first 40 chapters range from different time periods of the virus invasion of the crossed. The whole comic saga is made up of 4-6 issue mini-series and some are picked back up later on.
The best part of the series is the gore and gruesome detail. There’s tons of nudity, sex, rape, murder, torture, and everything you would expect in a zombie apocalypse. The art is graphics, detailed, and gorgeous. You can tell real dead bodies and gore was used as a reference because I have never seen a comic with this much realistic detail. The crossed are ruthless, kill and have sex with everything in sight, and love pain. It’s passed on via bodily fluids and that’s all we know. There’s no cure, no stopping or slowing it down.
Honestly, there was never a name for the virus either and I kind of like that. The virus is a mystery throughout and everyone is just trying to survive the best they can and hoping to wait for the crossed to die out. There was one problem with this series and that was issue 40-60 or so. These 20 issues must have forgotten what the whole series was about and became more about internal non-crossed affairs and the crossed took a back seat. It got boring and really annoying, but after around issue 60, it did pick back up.
Overall, Crossed: Badlands is one of the best comic series I have ever read, but it’s not for the light-hearted. This is a graphic, gruesome, and extremely explicit series but that’s what I love about it. You won’t find a single comic this insane.
H.P. Lovecraft is an author that has inspired millions from video games to actual occults. Neonomicon takes a strange twist on the occult aspect of H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu mythos and really tries to make you think that it could be possible. You follow a team of FBI officers who are trying to bust a cult that is known for murdering multiple people. The comic takes a Silence of the Lambs approach as our main female character gets leads from one of the cult members in a high-security prison. Our female lead is a former sex addict which plays a big part in the comic.
Our lead, Brears, and her partner, Lamper, wind up finding this cult’s headquarters at a sex shop that’s fronting as a board game shop. They get inside the cult thanks to Brear’s knowledge of the Cthulhu mythos, but that’s where things get weird and crazy. This is a sex cult and yes, there’s tons of nudity and sex in this comic. However, it plays a huge role in the ending of the series. All these weird followers are trying to have multiple orgies as it attracts a Dagon monster who actually has sex with all of these people. It’s very strange and almost makes this comic erotica.
Without spoiling too much the creature rapes Brears multiple times and she isn’t quite sure if she enjoys it because of her prior sex addiction. One moment you think she just might enjoy it after the initial fright from the creature has passed. She starts to empathize with it and actually care for it which is rather strange. This ends up turning your feelings towards the creature as well. The art style complements all this as the entire atmosphere is dark and dreary and quite gory in spots.
In the end, Neonomicon is a great twist on the mythos as it is told that H.P. Lovecraft’s work is actually fact and he actually met these creatures, but no one would believe him. Of course, the ending is quite predictable early on, but this strange twisted take on something very beloved by fans is quite an adventure and ride. Just take it all with a grain of salt, and be warned of sex, rape, and nudity.