Awesome fight between Superman and The Hulk. The video is broken into four parts. After watching “The Meeting” (below), click the prompt to go to the next part.
Imagine 28 DAYS LATER, but with the disease turning people into the primitive psychopaths in GHOSTS OF MARS, and you have the basic setup for CROSSED, a graphic novel by Garth Ennis and Jagen Burrows.
Actually, strike that. The primitive psychopaths in GHOSTS OF MARS were NICE compared to the Infected in CROSSED, the most graphically violent comic book I’ve ever read.
The story focuses on a young slacker who hangs out at a diner every night. Then a grinning man walks in carrying a bloody fragment of somebody’s spine, and the world changes forever. We fast forward and find out our slacker is now a survivalist, crossing the wasteland of America with a group of survivors seeking a place where they can be safe at last.
In CROSSED, the apocalypse is a sad, terrifying place where people are hunted by complete psychopaths. The visuals are very strong, which brings me to a serious warning: Avoid if you’re at all the squeamish type. In particular, do not read this book around children. The Infected do horrible things to men, women, children, and the visuals hold nothing back. Check out the novel’s Amazon reviews and you’ll get a good feel for how different people react to this material. The read literally haunted me for days.
In short, CROSSED is the most hardcore, unflinching, disturbing, in-your-face apocalyptic story I’ve ever read/seen.
*Update: I read one of the sequels by a different author/artist team, and found it to basically be murder/torture porn. I don’t recommend going beyond the first in the series.
In THE LAST ZOMBIE, a graphic novel by Brian Keene with art by Joseph Wight, what’s left of the U.S. government following a zombie apocalypse maintains two research centers, one in Colorado, and one on the east coast. When the east coast facility goes dark, a scientist sets out with two squads of soldiers to travel the ruins of America and find out what happened. This novel, plus its followup, THE LAST ZOMBIE: INFERNO, chronicles their mission east and encounters with survivors, some friendly, many not. Keene’s on top of his game with this. The narrative is crisp and clear, the characters individual and interesting, the dialogue realistic. Wight’s art, meanwhile, is FANTASTIC.
In Charles Burns’ graphic novel BLACK HOLE, a sexually transmitted disease spreading among teenagers in the 1970s causes physical mutations–sometimes subtle, sometimes grotesque–playing on obvious themes of alienation, sexual confusion and loyalty.
Click here to learn more about this disturbing novel.
RED SON is a graphic novel that describes what would have happened if Superman’s space capsule landed on Earth 12 hours earlier–in the Soviet Union. As Superman is raised with communist ideals, he tries to make the world a perfect place–by force when needed. Five stars. Check it out here.