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    • CommentAuthorpsibreaker
    • CommentTimeDec 13th 2012
    I know that the various stories have been kind of cagey about the origins of the Crossed virus ('kind of cagey' as in something they're not to touch and resolve), but I was wondering on the exact date things kicked off.

    I'm sure the Hollywood cover has a clapper board with the date 2010 on it (I can't check at work at the moment, since it's obviously NSFW), and one of the earliest covers had a department store Santa Claus being attacked, so I'm guessing it's late 2010. That said the original comic books were out at the tail end of 2008, and the majority of the outbreak scenarios do not appear to have been set in snowy wintery scenes.

    I know this is only speculation, but anyone else want to bring their observations to the table?
    • CommentAuthorDethklok
    • CommentTimeDec 13th 2012
    Why does this matter? The thing I like about Crossed is that once the shit goes down, what day it is, what season, what time of the day, car payments, bills, NOTHING matters except staying alive and one step ahead of the Crossed.
    • CommentAuthorpsibreaker
    • CommentTimeDec 13th 2012
    That's fine, we all have reasons for liking Crossed. I'm not saying it's important to the strip and I'm not asking what year it is in the current scheme of things (since everyone sets their stories at different points on from the outbreak). I'm just intrigued as to when exactly history got derailed. What was mankind's pinnacle before everything went to shit.

    I'm curious, more than anything. But the curiosity was prompted by seeing a date on the clapperboard on the HOLLYWOOD cover.

    That said, apparently issue #50 will be written by Garth Ennis, detailing 'Patient Zero'. I may just need to wait another year and a half.
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    I have to say, it matters a little to me when a given Crossed story takes place in relationship to the initial outbreak. (Not a lot, but still ...)

    The Crossed aren't undead zombies. They're still living people. They (presumably) need to eat, sleep, etc. Even if the virus somehow cuts down on their need for basic things, they still need them.

    I figure the first few days/weeks after the Crossed infection spreads, there'd be lots of <del>people</del> victims to rapemurderstab, and when they're not doing that, or rapemurderstabbing each other, basic needs would be still relatively easy to find. After a month or so, though - victims can't be that easy to find anymore, and food and other things would be much, much harder to find.

    In general, that's why I don't like some of the Crossed arcs where survivors who've presumably been living in a post-infection world still randomly stumble across huge, unexplained Crossed killorgies. There just can't be that many uninfected people left to kill. (Note I said "unexplained". If a group of Crossed stumbled across a settlement of survivors and goes to town on it, that's different.)

    I would expect the Crossed virus to work something like the rage virus in 28 Days Later - massive deaths and destruction, followed by the infected burning themselves out and dying, following by a couple of much, much smaller flare-ups of the virus in the months and maybe years after that. I just can't see it being a sustained thing, where the Crossed now rule the Earth. If they do, it'd be for a very short time.

    It's why I like the storylines where it's implied that things either Just Happened or Happened Just A Little While Ago to be more believable, IMO. The further you get from Patient Zero, the more the idea of big, roaming packs of Crossed doing lots of sick, deviant things to lots of victims becomes more implausible - to me, anyway. As always, YMMV.
    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeDec 13th 2012
    The condition means that humans can now metabolise grass, leaves, faeces and the remaining copies of the Daily Mail into food. Although there's little difference in taste between the latter pair. They are now immune to diseases and other infections.

    TLDR; Wizards keep Crossed alive.
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    I figure the Crossed outbreak took place about a year before Garth Ennis started writing it, which places it around late 2007 or early 2008. George W. Bush would have been the President lost when Air Force One exploded and the Susan Boyle description of one of the Cava survivors would have been a very obscure reference since she didn't become relatively famous until April 2009, when she appeared on Britain's Got Talent.
    • CommentAuthorpsibreaker
    • CommentTimeDec 14th 2012
    Aha! Context!

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