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Garth Ennis returns to the horrifyingly brutal world he created with a story that fans have waited over five years for! The Crossed outbreak created a miserable, grueling world of monsters that dash out all hope of survival and ensures a terrifying end to everything in their path. For the first time, master storyteller Garth Ennis takes you back to the early days of outbre Garth Ennis returns to the horrifyingly brutal world he created with a story that fans have waited over five years for! The Crossed outbreak created a miserable, grueling world of monsters that dash out all hope of survival and ensures a terrifying end to everything in their path. For the first time, master storyteller Garth Ennis takes you back to the early days of outbreak and delivers the unexpected - a Patient Zero tale. With the outbreak spreading like wildfire across the globe, a group of soldiers attempt to piece together how the disease spread so quickly and to reverse the horror they see taking place in the streets. And as they struggle to catch up with events, a plane carries the extinction of the human race toward its target to trigger the nuclear destruction of the world. In a world where there is no help and there is no hope... there is only the Crossed. Collects issues #50-56 of the ongoing Crossed: Badlands comic book series.


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Garth Ennis returns to the horrifyingly brutal world he created with a story that fans have waited over five years for! The Crossed outbreak created a miserable, grueling world of monsters that dash out all hope of survival and ensures a terrifying end to everything in their path. For the first time, master storyteller Garth Ennis takes you back to the early days of outbre Garth Ennis returns to the horrifyingly brutal world he created with a story that fans have waited over five years for! The Crossed outbreak created a miserable, grueling world of monsters that dash out all hope of survival and ensures a terrifying end to everything in their path. For the first time, master storyteller Garth Ennis takes you back to the early days of outbreak and delivers the unexpected - a Patient Zero tale. With the outbreak spreading like wildfire across the globe, a group of soldiers attempt to piece together how the disease spread so quickly and to reverse the horror they see taking place in the streets. And as they struggle to catch up with events, a plane carries the extinction of the human race toward its target to trigger the nuclear destruction of the world. In a world where there is no help and there is no hope... there is only the Crossed. Collects issues #50-56 of the ongoing Crossed: Badlands comic book series.

30 review for Crossed, Vol. 10: Badlands

  1. 5 out of 5

    mark monday

    Crossed Volume 10 is a standalone story by Garth Ennis that takes the reader back to the beginning of the Crossed pandemic. the story details the initial outbreak from the perspective of four special agents assigned to protect the UK Prime Minister, two pilots, and most intriguingly, a potential Patient Zero. the writing by Garth Ennis is smart and sardonic. the art by Christian Zanier is certainly not the same caliber as art by the excellent Jacen Burrows (the artist who collaborated with Ennis Crossed Volume 10 is a standalone story by Garth Ennis that takes the reader back to the beginning of the Crossed pandemic. the story details the initial outbreak from the perspective of four special agents assigned to protect the UK Prime Minister, two pilots, and most intriguingly, a potential Patient Zero. the writing by Garth Ennis is smart and sardonic. the art by Christian Zanier is certainly not the same caliber as art by the excellent Jacen Burrows (the artist who collaborated with Ennis in prior volumes) - but it is still fairly well-done. so why my lukewarm reaction? I'm not sure. one of the good-bad things about the two prior volumes I've read was the horrifically visceral quality to many of the scenes; that visceral quality is restrained in this volume and - surprisingly, because I am no gorehound - I miss it. maybe I just prefer an unrestrained Ennis, warts and all, to the Ennis in this story. another strength is missing: depth of characterization. Ennis was able to convey character backstories filled with regret and lost opportunities in the space of a few pages, at least within his short "Badlands" from Volume 4. but in Volume 10 the characters remain frustratingly opaque - except for the sole villainous character, who is unfortunately straight from Central Casting (Weaselly Ambitious Bureaucrat Division). the still-ambiguous origin of the Crossed virus is interesting and gave me a little bit to contemplate. is Planet Earth inoculating itself against that notorious parasite, humanity? Patient Zero himself gave me even more to contemplate... where does violence and the urge to do harm to those we love come from? are some people just born with that tendency? so on the one hand, some fascinating things to contemplate (at least for a few minutes). and on the other hand, a lot of uninteresting characters and a surprising lack of visceral shocks . I dunno. I guess that means 2 stars?

  2. 5 out of 5

    Quentin Wallace

    This may have been my favorite volume yet. After reading the last volume, I complained that none of the main characters were worth caring about because they turned out evil and/or crazy in almost every case. However, this volume finally gave us some "good guys." This volume shows how the outbreak began, although still didn't explain how exactly. We follow the Prime Minister in Great Britain just as things begin to happen, and the four military characters from Ennis' previous volume are shown as w This may have been my favorite volume yet. After reading the last volume, I complained that none of the main characters were worth caring about because they turned out evil and/or crazy in almost every case. However, this volume finally gave us some "good guys." This volume shows how the outbreak began, although still didn't explain how exactly. We follow the Prime Minister in Great Britain just as things begin to happen, and the four military characters from Ennis' previous volume are shown as well. This series is usually good, but its at its best when Garth Ennis is at the helm. His stories are just a notch better than the rest. The art as usual was nice as well. I was beginning to get burnt out on the series, but this one got me interested again. Really a great volume, and for readers who started out with the series and then dropped it, if you didn't get this far you really should pick this one up even if you don't read any further.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Pierre

    When you read a series like this with multiple authors along the way, you can really tell the greats from the others. Garth Ennis who created the series just shines when you land on his stories. What a talent! And he also gets his artists to shine along with him.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    Garth Ennis keeps beating this dead horse. Watching the apocalypse was fun the first few times, but now its just getting dull.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Koen

    After that last nosedive into nothing, we reach back up into the sky without limits! Ennis is back behind the steering wheel and guiding us back with a looksie into the start of it all... Giving us a lot of new information, new interesting characters and lots and lots of tension and action.. Looking forward to see what's next...

  6. 5 out of 5

    Edward Kaye

    The best "Crossed" story in a good long time. There's much less violence and gore than recent arcs, which I think have tried way too hard, and more emphasis on the human element.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Kent

    I havent loved the last couple of these. Not sure after reading 10 volumes if I am getting a little bored or they are running out of ideas. Look, I got through it, it wasnt the worst I have read but I have certainly read better in the series and have another 7 volumes to go. Lets hope they havent run out of ideas. This one is different in that the whole volume is one story though, not something I have seen at all while reading these. May have slowed it down. This one is less 'crossed' and more ' I havent loved the last couple of these. Not sure after reading 10 volumes if I am getting a little bored or they are running out of ideas. Look, I got through it, it wasnt the worst I have read but I have certainly read better in the series and have another 7 volumes to go. Lets hope they havent run out of ideas. This one is different in that the whole volume is one story though, not something I have seen at all while reading these. May have slowed it down. This one is less 'crossed' and more 'military' too. Also not really my thing. As I said, okay but not great.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Vittorio Rainone

    Ennis torna a sceneggiare la serie horror che ha generato. Raccontando il momento del contagio. Una storia ben scritta, che ha per difetto un bassissimo effetto sorpresa, anche se la costruzione dei personaggi da parte di Ennis è al solito positiva. Disegni buoni, anche se Crossed è una serie che richiede un livello di dettaglio superiore a una serie normale, e pochi riescono a reggere a una simile richiesta.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sooraya Evans

    Story takes place at the start of the outbreak with the capture of a patient zero. I was really hoping for some insight on the origin of the disease. Not much is revealed anyway. Kinda disappointing. Despite that, this was still a strong volume. Awesome characters. Politics. Intense action. This is a jump in the right direction. Similar vibe as the earlier issues that have been missing quite a while.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Krystl Louwagie

    This was so much longer than it needed to me. Way too text heavy and sluggish. The points of interest were there, but they were so hidden and far between that most of this was not very enjoyable. I understand a bit why it's an important or interesting to the saga as whole, but it could've been done in a much cleaner, quicker fashion, IMO.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Monqeth

    Finally something way less gorey and more thrilling and dramatic.

  12. 5 out of 5

    47Time

    Liam Neeson is a character here? This is an enjoyable story that feels like it can be easily converted into a movie. It's a good addition to the universe from its creator and focuses on the very first day when the infection manifests itself. The governments try to organize and contain the chaos, but are quickly overwhelmed. Garth Ennis's four brits are revisited in the days when the first infection occured. They are the second team sent in to protect the prime minister. The first team started beh Liam Neeson is a character here? This is an enjoyable story that feels like it can be easily converted into a movie. It's a good addition to the universe from its creator and focuses on the very first day when the infection manifests itself. The governments try to organize and contain the chaos, but are quickly overwhelmed. Garth Ennis's four brits are revisited in the days when the first infection occured. They are the second team sent in to protect the prime minister. The first team started behaving violently, but had no external identifiable features. (view spoiler)[The first news is of a town completely emptied of people. They are found later by the media as they throw themselves off a cliff. Fighter planes fall from the skies after having attacked friendly units. A nuclear explosion occurs in New Delhi. (hide spoiler)] Waves of infected spread the disease like wildfire. It's belived that the virus is maturing, so the bloody cross sign on the face of the infected only appears later on. (view spoiler)[More news come in from other parts of the world, some certain that the infection started from one infected individual. Infected airmen threaten to start a nuclear war between Russia and the US with only Britain able to shoot down the aircraft. The mission involves two pilots and an old fighter plane that almost fails them in mid air. They sacrifice themselves to detonate the a-bomb on board. Meanwhile, the Prime Minister gives the leader of our four brits some information on how to access a facilty that can be used as the final solution to the infected, likely the chemical facility they were heading to in their previous story. (hide spoiler)]

  13. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Morrell

    This has been a hard series for me, I stopped reading after a handful of the compilations, a few years ago. It's from Garth Ennis, so I knew it would be gritty and gross and wrenching, and it's a "Crossed" story, so amp that to 11. But I keep going back to his stuff, the writing is generally superb and I'm usually in for a good ride. I picked this one up because I was promised an origin story, and that's mostly what I got. Mysterious patient zero, some musings on whether this is human-begat or p This has been a hard series for me, I stopped reading after a handful of the compilations, a few years ago. It's from Garth Ennis, so I knew it would be gritty and gross and wrenching, and it's a "Crossed" story, so amp that to 11. But I keep going back to his stuff, the writing is generally superb and I'm usually in for a good ride. I picked this one up because I was promised an origin story, and that's mostly what I got. Mysterious patient zero, some musings on whether this is human-begat or possibly the earth's self-defense mechanism. But in the end no questions are truly answered and I've got a couple more horrific images seared forever into my brain. It's not the gore that bothers me, it's the tragedy. Over and over, worse and worse, trying to one-up the horror of what one human being can do to another. I do believe I am finally done with "Crossed."

  14. 5 out of 5

    Dann

    I'm always excited when Ennis to returns to Crossed, he always seems to hook me in unusual, and otherwise "unexciting" locales. But unfortunately Badlands continues its descent into the low point. I do respect that, unlike the last volume, volume ten attempts to weave in a political dimension that has been lacking. It is Interesting, but I teetered on the verge to boredom from time to time. Art style, Crossed will be Crossed--still relishing in the bloody gore. I do recommend reading volume ten I'm always excited when Ennis to returns to Crossed, he always seems to hook me in unusual, and otherwise "unexciting" locales. But unfortunately Badlands continues its descent into the low point. I do respect that, unlike the last volume, volume ten attempts to weave in a political dimension that has been lacking. It is Interesting, but I teetered on the verge to boredom from time to time. Art style, Crossed will be Crossed--still relishing in the bloody gore. I do recommend reading volume ten as Ennis remains a rock-solid writer in relation to Crossed canon, but this volume might not be for everyone.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Alex Sarll

    Initially I described this as the story of how Gordon Brown's dithering was responsible for the zombie apocalypse. But as it went on, the quiet dignity and sense of duty he sometimes showed came to the fore, and the whole thing ended up as one of the most positive (yet still plausible) portrayals I've ever seen Ennis give a politician. That supporting role aside, the focus is largely on military men (and one woman) doing the best they can in shitty circumstances, a topic Ennis never seems to tir Initially I described this as the story of how Gordon Brown's dithering was responsible for the zombie apocalypse. But as it went on, the quiet dignity and sense of duty he sometimes showed came to the fore, and the whole thing ended up as one of the most positive (yet still plausible) portrayals I've ever seen Ennis give a politician. That supporting role aside, the focus is largely on military men (and one woman) doing the best they can in shitty circumstances, a topic Ennis never seems to tire of writing about, and I never seem to tire of reading Ennis write about.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kenny

    Garth Ennis recounts the origins of Crossed in England and how the protectors of Gordon Brown coped with the impending doom that will overwhelm all of them. Gripping, brutal and insightful.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Gustavo Miller

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mike

  19. 5 out of 5

    Michael

  20. 4 out of 5

    Droydicus Malojan

  21. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Farmer

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sheikh Ahmmed Nazirul Bashir

  23. 5 out of 5

    Adam

  24. 4 out of 5

    jennifer

  25. 5 out of 5

    Honor

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kimberley

  27. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Graves

  28. 5 out of 5

    John

  29. 4 out of 5

    Conal Cochran

  30. 4 out of 5

    Bret Armstrong

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