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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 60, 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 gnusmas, not safe for sasco, not safe for CR2032 batteries, of which I have a surplus.

    RUHROH.
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      CommentAuthorExhumed
    • CommentTimeSep 6th 2013
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    Or as they call them in warrington, "Them flat round battrees wot go in watches and that, yeah?"

    It's all going a bit 1984. Using paranoia as a weapon against your own people to control them. Soon the whole of Cava will be writing diaries.
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      CommentAuthorddavie
    • CommentTimeSep 6th 2013
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    Incredible scene in the church when she sees the stained glass - a few minutes prior she was calling the place salvation. Then sees that just as she's about to smooch - that'd make her nun-mindedness run rampant for a bit!

    Great as always, Si! Thanks!
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    David Haller did NOT just say "come at me bro." where the heck did THAT come from??
    oh wait, shit, wrong book discussion.

    I love the backstory with the Nun. every week when we go back in time a little bit, I get more excited for the imminent reveal of WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED.
    Sorry Shaky - NO KISS FOR YOU!
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      CommentAuthorddavie
    • CommentTimeSep 6th 2013
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    I love the backstory with the Nun. every week when we go back in time a little bit, I get more excited for the imminent reveal of WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED


    Me too - I really like the "clips" back in time to fill in the blanks. I'm dying to know it all but also really enjoy the current pace - not too slow and not skirting over this or that which would only fuck up the whole story. Can't wait to see "DISENCHANTED" along the same rails.
    • CommentAuthorMrBogey
    • CommentTimeSep 6th 2013
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    A story that goes backwards is tricky. Sometimes the sequence of events are so pointless and obvious they do nothing but bog down the story. I think they're doing a grade A job though in not making it a slog. The flashbacks are very interesting and even though we know the result the suspense is held nicely.
    • CommentAuthorShan
    • CommentTimeSep 11th 2013
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    Is it just me or are the number of participants in the discussions here dropping off lately?
    • CommentAuthorHaggy
    • CommentTimeSep 11th 2013
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    Does anyone recall seeing a crossed black person in any of the stories?
    • CommentAuthorMrBogey
    • CommentTimeSep 11th 2013
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    It's the north end of the UK. I think the white statistics in that area is greater than 90%.

    If you mean all of the Crossed books, I'd have to go look as I never really paid attention to race.
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    @Shan- I think that's how you know we're in the thick of the story, when no one is able to think of anything to ask or discuss about a chapter. We're all too awe-struck by this last issue.

    @Haggy- Shit yeah there have been crossed black people. I mean Smokey from the Quisling arc of Badlands comes to mind immediately, but I feel like in previous chaos scenes throughout the crossed universe we've certainly seen some crossed black folks.

    That's honestly my favorite thing about the crossed universe. We get to see crossed off all colors and creeds killing and raping indiscriminately. It's also worth mentioning the only racist remarks we've heard/witness have been said by non-crossed individuals; again the most memorable instance being in Badlands issue 2 with the Boy from Cork calling the English Guy a "black fucker". I fucking love how the crossed series can be used to strip humanity down to the very essence of our most base and foul animal nature, while at the same time still capturing the amounts of nonsense and bullshit we drown ourselves in(i.e. the lies that make life bearable/tolerable) to continue forth in a world without hope/meaning. The crossed as a trope are such a better metaphor and representation of the human condition than the time-honored zombie trope. This is of course only if you ignore the works of Lapham, Delano, and Hine.

    Whatever enough of my nonsense and bullshit, keep up the amazing and brilliant analysis of human nature Mr. Spurrier. I can't wait to see when and how Shaky abandons Sister Teresa and Ashoke; I also can't wait to hear the half-truths and whole-lies he tells himself to justify his abandoning them.
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      CommentAuthorHayama
    • CommentTimeSep 12th 2013
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    Time for Interlude 19
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    There have been plenty of racist remarks made by crossed starting at the very first series, actually. Remember Kelly, the blind Asian girl? In a flashback sequence showing Stan, Thomas, and Kelly escaping through a suburban residential neighborhood, mushroom cloud in the distance, a female crossed with a marriage or engagement ring suddenly appeared over a fence and said, "Little chink whore I'll pull your guts out your cunt."
    • CommentAuthorBadBeast
    • CommentTimeSep 14th 2013
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    So Shaky's only known Tabs is praggers for what, weeks at the most, and he's already envying the plussies for their carefree lifestyle, and "I'll get up whenever I want, bitch" attitude. I mean, I know he bangs on about "people judging him" and having to get up to milk the sheep or whatever, but I suspect he'd be just as whiny and duplicitous had the whole "crossed" thing never happened, and he'd got some girl up the duff. Now he's looking for excuses to run for the hills, just the same as he would if he was still a failed writer sitting in an internet cafe sipping lattes. He's starting to think he won't be happy until the inevitable happens and he gets cornered by a horny Crossed, and bummed into Plussiedom, just so he could stop worrying about what people think of him.
    Well, wake the fuck up Shaky! You're going to be a father soon, and it's about time you grew a pair, and started to think about the future! Stop feeling sorry for yourself and man up you selfish prick! A couple more rough winters and the Crossed will all be frozen to death, or cannibalised.

    Then it will be "Brave New World" time, and you'll have no excuses for being such a whiny failure. You think you're in a bit of a bind? What about poor Tabs, and the baby? They're going to have to rely on YOU! God help them . . . Pull yourself together, and be a fucking man for once, face up to shit! Jeez, try and look at the PLUS side of things.

    (Hurr hurr)
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    I doubt if Shaky is much concerned with his impending parental responsibilities. He has already been told by Captain Dora that children don't survive for long in the post-Crossed world. It was only after that conversation that he suddenly came to peace with the idea of Tabitha being pregnant. He knows the child won't survive for long. Still, I have a hard time imagining that he can rationalize murdering the whole Drift Fleet based on his lies.
    • CommentAuthorBadBeast
    • CommentTimeSep 15th 2013
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    I still get the general feeling that the whole story is going to pivot around Jackson and the Gamekeeper / Binbag man for some reason. They seem to be the main factors that Shaky has no insight into. And let's face it, Si has been deliberately witholding information about them both, while dropping pretty big plot holes around them that are going to need filling. And it's not through sloppy writing, or oversight, it's because he's a sneaky, duplicitous sociopathic kind of writer, and while everyone's sat there wondering about Shaky and Mother Theresa's relationship, he'll drop some total fucking bombshell regarding those two into the plotline. Probably something that him and that other total psycho Ennis have had worked out between themselves from the very start. However, as anyone who's read my previous 'insights' into this tale will attest to, I may be wrong.
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      CommentAuthorddavie
    • CommentTimeSep 16th 2013
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    The metaphors, analogies, and other descriptive phrasings about Shaky's goings on are NEARLY, just as much fun to read as the comic each week!! Some of you fellow thread contributors are fuckin' hysterical!!
    • CommentAuthorBadBeast
    • CommentTimeSep 17th 2013
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    I enjoy the comments threads almost as much as the comic. Except when it's another bloody interlude week. Grrrr! Only joking, some of the interludes have been quite revealing, especially when it's Shaky giving himself his hilariously half arsed self examination, justification, and absolution sessions. It's like group therapy, but characteristically never failing to omit the all important "group" dynamic. Bless him. I mean, it wouldn't hurt to at least try to make a friend or two would it? But oh no, not our Shaky. Friendship is a burden luxury he just can't afford to let himself get hampered with enjoy at the moment. And anyway, why break the habit of (I assume) a lifetime with "friends"? He'll only corner himself into a position where he has to shatter their trust in him anyway, and . . . well, you don't do that to friends, do you? And why expect anyone else to like him in the first place, when he pretty much loathes himself anyway? He knows what he's like, and his flawless character assessment of himself won't stand up to examination by someone who actually cares about him. The cognitive dissonance would have him running to the nearest Plussie for seckshual validation he I expect.

    Or am I being a little harsh here? I really ought to cut the bloke some slack I suppose. And no doubt I would if it was real life, because I'm not generally this judgmental about people. But it's fiction, and if you can't be a little self indulgent regarding fictional characters, then they just get boring, and I think Si understands this, judging by the way he's created his players. I mean, the most interesting (IMO) character in the whole saga is a delusional sheep shagging psychopathic bagpipe playing ex special forces stone killer, who's as often as not, accompanied by hallucinatory fairies. For fuck's sake. How gloriously self indulgent is that? I suspect that if Mr Spurious didn't have this outlet for his inner cunt, then the Police would be digging his patio up looking for the missing heads by now. Writing of this kind HAS to be therapy for the author, or creative murder would be the only option open to him. And don't get me started on Garth Ennis! Without his superlative talent for darkly humorous mayhem, any theoretical offspring of The Joker and Myra Hindley wouldn't even lift in comparison. *Phew*

    This comments thread is currently my (comparatively sane) organ for catharsis, so why shouldn't I be as self indulgent as I like?
    If I overstep the mark, I expect I'll quite rightly get booted. It's happened before on forums. (I know right, hard to believe isn't it?) But I feel much better now, so I'll leave it for the moment. Laters peeps.
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    I'm just wondering if Si was raised by a strict overbearing bald man.
    • CommentAuthorBadBeast
    • CommentTimeSep 17th 2013
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    Called 'Garth Ennis'?
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      CommentAuthorExhumed
    • CommentTimeSep 17th 2013
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    Maybe... just MAYBE... he made it up.

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