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    It's Thursday! It's mid-afternoon in London! It's another wrongheaded morning in Mericky! It's who-the-fuck-knows-when in Australia! It's time for more Crossed Hideosity!

    Episode 51, live and free-to-air.

    Remember: Not safe for work, not safe for minors, not safe for people of a nervous disposition, not safe for sikkerhed, not safe for opbrengst, not safe for autres facteurs.

    PITTAPATTA
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    Oh my god, Si what were you thinking? This week's comic is literally the most horrific, shocking, and violent one I've seen in all of the Crossed arcs EVER. I mean how could you do that to Tabitha and Shaky dear god, I was literally in tears out of sheer emotion. I mean just take a look at their future man....warning extremely graphic and nightmare inducing:


    wait for it.....


    prepare yourself.....



    DawSoCute



    Its over Si, you've officially crossed the line. I don't think I'll ever get a good night sleep after this comic. After all, in a world filled with rape obsessed cannibal/necrophiles and nihilistic survivors going insane, what could possibly be more upsetting and surprising then finding out that your girlfriend is knocked up with babies despite never using a condom. What are the odds?

    Heh, in all seriousness I liked this arc. All that hope and progress just seems so refreshing and I love the set up of the drift fleet. Also babies are adorable and congrats to Shaky and Tabitha lol.
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      CommentAuthorjohnjones
    • CommentTimeJun 13th 2013
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    Heh, in all seriousness I liked this arc. All that hope and progress just seems so refreshing and I love the set up of the drift fleet. Also babies are adorable and congrats to Shaky and Tabitha lol.


    Except that babies are hostages to fortune even more than girlfriends. Even here in the normal world, unplanned pregnancies can be traumatic. In the Crossed it's far, far worse. Sure, intellectually we all get that unless people reproduce there eventually won't be people anymore. But I totally get the fear and despair that would mix with whatever joy would come from pregnancy in this world.
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    Gut-wrenching.
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    Holy. Flippin'. Fuck.

    Shaky, you idiot.
    • CommentAuthorHotdogger
    • CommentTimeJun 13th 2013 edited
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    Can't believe Shaky never picked up condoms while rummaging through stores during the outing. Can you imagine the baby starting to cry in the middle of the night? It's sad but I think they'll have to get an abortion, courtesy of Rab. Or maybe move to the ships for good where it's a safer place for a child to grow up.

    Also, how in the heck is the ship able to splurge electricity like that, with all those fancy lights and all? They're running on fuel after all, which I assume is increasingly limited in this world. Or maybe the ship has solar power arrays?
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    only thought in the mind of ANY new parent, or new future parent, in a Crossed world:

    STOPFUCKINGCRYINGSTOPFUCKINGCRYING OMG OMG
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    There could be a nuclear-powered vessel in the vast flotilla.

    Si, what's not safe for work about this episode? No illustrations in it were even remotely objectionable.
    • CommentAuthorHotdogger
    • CommentTimeJun 13th 2013
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    Ah yes, hadn't thought of nuclear.
    • CommentAuthorSlicknick
    • CommentTimeJun 13th 2013
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    I guess I am not clear on why Shaky was sent to the boat.. why wouldn't they want someone like him?

    Babies in crossed land? that can only end well
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      CommentAuthorkzootron
    • CommentTimeJun 13th 2013
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    ...Once again confirming my opinion that only Garth and Simon should write in the crossed universe. WHAT IS THE RELEASE DATE FOR THE "American Quitters" BADLANDS ARC?? I have to admit though, the "Quisling" arc by Gage isn't too bad at the moment. Lets see how it ends.
    • CommentAuthorBig Sven
    • CommentTimeJun 13th 2013
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    I had the same reaction to Shaky and Tabs that I did to Ellen Page and Michael Sera in "Juno", and for the same reasons: "What? You smart people don't know how babies are made, and the dozen ways too fool around without getting knocked up?!?"
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    Shaky was sent because the other spectators would be much less cynical and skeptical of the guided tour, whereas Shaky would more likely see through any bullshit and ask the critical questions. Basically the other guests were just tourists, while Shaky was more an intelligence analyst.
    • CommentAuthorJyve
    • CommentTimeJun 14th 2013
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    I think Shaky picked up that he was going to hear more until 'the guide' dropped by with beer and a distraction. They're hiding stuff, and Shaky knows it. They drift, never under power. A nuclear vessel? Hmmm... That's an interesting point perhaps. Military vessels out at sea? Nuke sub might have missed all the 'fun' going on being away for that many months. Water/power's taken care of, and it'd be something anyone would want to hide, so maybe that's where the cap is. The junk ship? Hmm... maybe that's the military vessel in camo? They're running things very smoothly for civilians, perhaps there's a military structure in place.

    But an incoming baby? /groan. Shaky might not have a choice but to leave to proved 'a better life', but this being crossed... it'll turn to poop, and they'll end up on the island.
    way to twist the knife in!
    • CommentAuthorDCC
    • CommentTimeJun 14th 2013 edited
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    Where were those navigation charts of? The middle one looked like the Sinai peninsula and northern Red Sea area--except with an inland sea where Israel should have been. The one closest to the front looked like the straits between Denmark and Norway/Sweden--except again, with a way too broad river in there.

    Shaky hasn't noticed yet that Don and Rab seem to have decided he's now the junior third member of their leadership council.

    The big secret is in Big Bertha, pretty sure. Nuke is one possibility, though not sure why the Americans would bother keeping that secret. Maybe they've got slaves on treadmills in there--enough to power lights, not enough to power the engines.

    At this point, there's only metaknowledge of the Crossed series to tell me that the Cava crew shouldn't just join the fleet. Everything in universe says it'd be a good idea--except that the fleet is hiding something for some reason. (We see why Don is one of the leaders--his suspicions are probably correct...)
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    I'm just hoping Si doesn't resort to some of the plot devices that we've seen in other similar apocalyptic survival stories, including scenarios in which what appears to be a newly discovered group of civilized survivors turns out to be bandits/cannibals/villains, or one where after returning from their last visit to the flotilla, all contact with it is suddenly lost, and upon scouting the scene later has it disappeared or been turned into wreckage with American corpses floating among the debris and Shaky chalking it up to another mystery that he should just forget. I'd like to see the story take a more optimistic (but not naive) approach at this point, but that would of course conflict with the series' creator's Prime Directive (no hope, no rescue, no good endings). Regardless, I'm enjoying its twists and turns so far, and in fact is it my favorite Crossed story to date, exceeding even Garth Ennis's foundational material.
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    No, I reckon it's much worse than that. I reckon some people are going to go with the fleet and some aren't and the latter are going to be stuck back on Cava with too small a population to defend/feed themselves effectively.
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    My first thought on seeing Big Bertha was that's where they keep the slaves/food supply/breeding stock. Nothing good is going to come out of that hulk.
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      CommentAuthorHayama
    • CommentTimeJun 20th 2013
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    • CommentAuthorlastjunkie
    • CommentTimeJun 27th 2013
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    i was wondering if the cruise ship was at all scientology related, but presumably not if today's story can be believed.

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