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    Ok, didn't see that coming. Liked the comment "whatever horrors took his voice went deeper than the change." Made me wonder what stays with someone when they become the Crossed, and what they lose. Are there any Crossed stories where that is explored?
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    Stories sound so much LONGER when it's put in the amount of time it takes to make them. Reading collections, novels and whatnot, it's easy to forget that there's a fair amount of time and effort that goes into them.

    ....shitcakes. I'm gonna be reading this for years. My mind'll be warped...
    • CommentAuthorblighty
    • CommentTimeSep 10th 2012
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    @tomrahster: The Crossed basically do remember everything from before they turned(in previous series they fly jets, earlier in Wish You Were Here they operate tanks, etc). Most of the time they don't do a whole lot with it, due to the berserk thing but given time they can get rather lucid. The mother from "Family Values" for example starts out completely psychotic but with time regains her ability to think and speak mostly normally.
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      CommentAuthortexture
    • CommentTimeSep 10th 2012
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    Shaky did what he had to do. It'll end up fucking him though, for sure. What's in the basement?
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      CommentAuthorjohnjones
    • CommentTimeSep 10th 2012
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    @ blighty

    That's one of the worst things about the Crossed. They still think. They still remember. The person that they used to be is still in there, unlike your typical zombie. It just that what's in there is the worst possible version of that person.
    • CommentAuthortomrahster
    • CommentTimeSep 10th 2012
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    @blighty: Thanks for that info. I haven't read any of the other Crossed stories. If they'd come out a decade ago, I'm sure I would have bought the books, but now I'm a dad with 4 little kids, I just don't feel comfortable having that sort of material in the house. I'll have to make do with Archie.

    A Crossed version of Archie...that would make an interesting cover...
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      CommentAuthorjohnjones
    • CommentTimeSep 10th 2012
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    This is probably as close as you're going to get.

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      CommentAuthorddavie
    • CommentTimeSep 11th 2012
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    As warped as it probably makes me, I could read trade size volumes of this every day. "Crossed" - as different, violent and every other type of psychotic is one of the better story lines, from piece to piece in the horror [and among many others] genre. But I'm always dying to turn the page, get the next comic, reach the following Thursday, etc! Great work - thanks for the amusement!!!

    (Oh yeah - meant to ask last week but what the hell is "whelking"? Shaky gets the job from Rab and I assume it's one of the shittiest you can have on Cava - but is it actually collecting snails? Or I'm guessing there's a far grosser meaning / slang definition overseas. Thanks!!)
    • CommentAuthorJoe B
    • CommentTimeSep 11th 2012
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    Whether the others believe the kid got out on his own or not, Shaky has got to start watching his back. Everyone knows he tried to fix the lottery from the portrait incident. I could see Don saying something now that Sophia is dead and that deal is worthless. I wouldn't put it past Rab to send him on the mission anyway and go himself to make sure Shaky doesn't come back.
    The thing with being a survivor in any type of eschaton level of event is the need to be able to trust that your fellow survivors have your back. You may not agree on much of anything, you may not personally like the other person; but until the circumstances allow a change in groups it's best to deal. And Rab strikes me as the type to not let the shit that Shaky just pulled go without some serious payback.
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeSep 13th 2012
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    I half-expect the series to end with Shaky writing in his diary atop the ladder surrounded by The Crossed.

    As to my guess for what's in the basement: the person or person who's been caring the nursing home inamtes. I seriously doubt they'll survive the encounter with the gameskeeper and his group.
    • CommentAuthorstevefrank
    • CommentTimeSep 13th 2012
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    Lot of characters are interesting to do this....
    • CommentAuthorNo Fear
    • CommentTimeSep 13th 2012
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    re Shaky, chapter 21 really has a twist.

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