quarta-feira, 3 de dezembro de 2014

Advance Review: Crossed +100 #1


Having interviewed Alan Moore about his six issue comic series Crossed +100 with Gabriel Andrade for Bleeding Cool and Bleeding Cool Magazine, I of all people should have had some idea what to expect from the first issue of the comic. We?ve heard about Moore?s view on the science fiction aspects of the comic, about his heroine, archivist Future Taylor, and even his musings about why the Crossed universe piqued his imagination and what it?s been like talking to friends Garth Ennis and Simon Spurrier about their take on Crossed, all through those interviews.*

And yet, I have to say, this knowledge did not prepare me for reading the finished Issue #1. I didn?t expect the emotional impact the comic provoked, nor could I have completely visualized the ways in which Gabriel Andrade?s art style so fully constructed the world of the story to increase that effect. I might have suspected, given Alan Moore?s long history of making us care about characters and the impact of events on their lives that I wouldn?t come through reading Crossed +100 unscathed, but sometimes having an intellectual knowledge of someone?s work actually sets you up for a fall since you don?t prepare yourself for the actual tools they are going to use to engage you as a reader when you pick up a story and experience it first hand.

Crossed +100 follows the lives of a group of survivors re-building a semblance of human society approximately 100 years after the Crossed outbreak which has rendered the majority of the human population destructive, bestial, and predatory in the most extreme sense. However, given the passage of time, the fallout from such an apocalypse is becoming clearer: there are some pros along with the cons. The environment, for instance, has bounced back from the destruction caused by overpopulation and industry, and it turns out that the Crossed, not at all geared toward their own long-term survival, have somewhat abated, leaving the potential for resurgent humanity to scavenge the remains of social structure and start anew.

Central character Future Taylor is a member of that forward-thinking generation and part of a settlement of ?Chooga? (modern day Chatanooga, Tennessee), on the banks of the Mississippi river, and we follow her initial forays, with a search team, into a nearby city to reclaim library books and supplies in their modified rail engine transport. The team members with her are diverse in personalities and interests, and some of them are very young, in their teens. All of them share the common feature of never having actually seen an infected Crossed person first-hand, though they know the threat still looms of outbreak or invasion.

Does this sound like a horror comic? In some ways it might, especially in that horror stories often ?set up? the status quo of their world about to be undermined or placed under threat. Gabriel Andrade?s splendidly detailed artwork conveys a lush world populated by exuberant plant-life that offsets the desolation of the crumbling remains of 21st century life overtaken by nature. The wonder that the characters experience moving through these relics of the past captures the imagination of the reader in the same way that reading about explorers setting foot in an undisturbed Mayan ruin in the jungle might. We recognize that the books they hope to reclaim from a library are eminently practical, helping them rebuild basic knowledge that?s been lost, but are struck by Future Taylor?s inclination towards science fiction. It becomes a mystery of her character and personality: why would someone living in a devastated world want to read ?wishful fiction? as she calls it? Are things so bad that even the bleak futures that science fiction often presents are a thing of beauty to her?

The alluring melody of this storyline, and the starkly beautiful character designs by Andrade lull us into contemplation of this world and these personalities at work. But if we listened a little more carefully, we might hear Alan Moore quietly sharpening his knives, the tools of narrative construction being carefully employed. Future Taylor is perhaps the biggest weapon in his arsenal of creating a horror comic, and Andrade is perfectly onboard with that strategy. Because if we care about her, then we inhabit her world of hope and risk.

The most distinctive way in which Moore and Andrade engage our emotions about Future are through her diary-narrative framing device. Her diary entries appear as a narrative thread as she records her reconnaissance mission, and Andrade presents them as hand-written torn notes guiding us through the mission. But once within the diary format, Moore capitalizes on use of language to create a voice for Future as well as for her society, and it?s a language different from our own in the same way that Shakespeare?s language is different than our own, removed from us in time, experience, and frame of reference. Common sayings have undergone shifts so that sound and oral tradition have been preserved, but spellings have been ?lossed?, for instance. It makes Future?s voice sound unsophisticated, inviting, even sentimental. She?s an ideal narrator because she is sentimental in contrast to the hard edge necessary to pursue her job and her own survival.

Some of the best science fiction horror that?s been made in the past begins with fascination. Characters encounter the unknown, find it exciting or alluring, and then gradual come to understand the overwhelming nature of threat. We get that same alien feeling in Crossed +100 #1 as Future?s team get their first glimpses of the realities of Crossed infection and don?t quite know how to react to the danger involved. They are fascinated. They seem like innocents on the verge of devastating revelations, and that possibility is enough to tinge this opening movement to the series with horror even more than the piles of bones the characters are so used to encountering wherever they go in their desolate region.

If you read Crossed +100 #1, you?ll be hooked, and you?ll find that a little disturbing, because you?ll suspect that the strange Eden of the first issue can?t possibly last, but at the same time you?ll want to follow these explorers into their own future to see what will become of them. Building that tension is much more the corner-stone of horror than overt, gory revelations, and that tension, to judge from this first issue, is going to permeate all the pages yet to come. Welcome to ?future-horror?, where hope becomes a particularly dangerous thing.

Crossed +100 #1 arrives in shops Wednesday, December 3rd, from Avatar Press. 


quinta-feira, 30 de outubro de 2014


It is that time of year, when fans and readers prowl about their local comic shops looking for the best in undiscovered horror comics to enjoy during the Halloween season.  If you are looking for something that will fit nicely in your binge watching of The Strain or The Walking Dead, try David Lapham and Gabriel Andrade’s visceral re-imagining of the classic werewolf mythology in Ferals.
Ferals is a three volume trade paperback series that builds in intensity and scope to a fever pitch.  A small town sheriff is infected by a mysterious woman whose murder seems to spark strange changes and urges in the unsuspecting lawman.  This series has the very best of mature intrigue, violence, and drama that you expect from good horror.  It is a sexy revitalization of a classic tale and one that will entertain you during those chilly fall evenings when ghosts and goblins are about.


Crossed One Hundred #2 Preview


sexta-feira, 19 de setembro de 2014

Alan Moore Falando sobre o novo projeto

Texto de Flávio Pessanha:(https://www.facebook.com/alanmoorebr/photos/a.596089530435533.1073741828.594960977215055/820508857993598/?type=1&fref=nf

Alan Moore comentou, em uma entrevista ao Bleeding Cool, seu trabalho em conjunto com o brasileiro Gabriel Andrade para a nova série CROSSED +100, baseada e ambientada... na história criada por Garth Ennis.

Moore rendeu fortes elogios a Gabriel Andrade, destacando a dedicação do brasileiro: "Estou mesmo muito empolgado. Acabei de ver alguns esboços que Gabriel fez e eles são fantásticos. A energia que há neles... o fato é que o cara entendeu e comprometeu sua percepção com as ideias que estavam na minha proposta, e parece que ele está adorando a coisa. É sempre um prazer ver isso. Quando o artista mergulha na coisa, há esse tipo de sinergia que inspira um ao outro, é o que acho. Estou tão animado com isso."

Além disso, Moore esclareceu que a série se passa no ano de 2108, cem anos após os eventos ocorridos na série original de Garth Ennis, que ele considerou "terrível, brutal e realmente perturbadora", chegando a abandonar a leitura temporariamente.

Para conceber o sequel, Moore tomou por referências as premissas e as estimativas utilizadas na série original: apesar de a população ter sido quase que totalmente dizimada, os contaminados seriam cada vez menos numerosos com o passar do tempo, por não se reproduzirem, enquanto que os humanos sobreviventes pouco a pouco voltariam a recolonizar os espaços, completamente modificados nesse tempo, com construções em ruínas, uma nova vegetação se regenerando, borboletas, insetos e animais. Moore explica que a alimentação bovina teria se exaurido, devorada pelos contaminados, mas que os avestruzes por serem mais velozes ainda sobreviveriam como fonte de alimento.

Moore também debateu conjuntamente com Garth Ennis sobre a natureza da contaminação, mas indica que a causa deverá permanecer sem explicação. Ele explica que "no futuro surgem escolas místicas de pensamento sugerindo que os Contaminados eram uma forma da Mãe Natureza de salvar a humanidade dela mesma".

Ele relata que as necessidades dos sobreviventes são preocupações práticas e se resumem em se manter a salvo, dispor de fontes confiáveis de energia e tentar resgatar o máximo possível de tecnologia antiga que ainda opera, num mundo sem internet. Trata-se, conforme Moore indica, "de uma Era das Trevas cuja única forma de sair é através da recuperação do máximo possível de conhecimento".

Ao fim, Alan Moore adverte que se em CROSSED o planeta e as pessoas ainda sobrevivem, no nosso mundo real "o tipo de apocalipse que nós possivelmente estamos trazendo é algo que talvez o planeta em seu atual estado não seja capaz de sobreviver, e muito menos a nossa espécie".

CROSSED é uma série originalmente criada por Garth Ennis (criador de PREACHER, escritor de HELLBLAZER e ganhador do Prêmio Eisner), ambientada em um mundo ficcional em que sobreviventes lidam com uma praga que faz com que seus portadores executem seus pensamentos mais malignos, mas continuem a deter sua capacidade de raciocínio e inteligência. Os portadores do vírus, cuja principal forma de contágio é através de fluidos corporais e sangue, manifestam na face a marca de uma cruz avermelhada. A sequência de Moore e Gabriel Andrade será focada em um grupo de sobreviventes que tenta reconstruir a cultura humana cem anos após os eventos apocalípticos da série original.

CROSSED +100 chega às livrarias americanas em dezembro. Confira na imagem o conjunto de capas especialmente elaborado por Alan Moore e Gabriel Andrade para inaugurar a série.

Taste Test

(W) Alan Moore (A/CA) Gabriel Andrade
Before the epic begins, we offer a sampler platter, if you will, showing the savory goods on offer.  Get a first look at the pencil art of Gabriel Andrade, design sketches, and notes from Alan Moore.  This special edition is limited to just 3000 copies and will be in stores the week before #1.   Also available in Crossed Flavor, equally limited to a scant 3000 copies.


segunda-feira, 15 de setembro de 2014


If you’ve been following the teasers running on Bleeding Cool, you’ll know that today brings a major announcement from Avatar Press concerning a brand new project written by Alan Moore and drawn by Gabriel Andrade (Ferals). That project is an all-original and self-contained 6-issue arc set within the epidemic-infected Crossed universe as created by Garth Ennis, but with a major twist: it is set 100 years in the future, a century from the date of the original Crossed outbreak. The series is entitled Crossed: +100.


Alan Moore has returned to full scripting a new monthly comic for this series, and was compelled to do so through a series of increasingly piquant conversations with his friend Garth Ennis about the implications of the Crossed series for humanity’s future. In response, Moore has created an entirely new world and a hundred years of “missing” history to explore the future of the Crossed outbreak, what will happen to the Crossed themselves over such a long period of time, and what fate awaits humanity after losing the basic elements of modern civilization. With Moore as the single author on the series, it’s a comics master producing a new apocalyptic vision for readers by returning to the roots of dynamic speculative fiction.
Crossed creator Garth Ennis comments:
So it turns out Jimi Hendrix wants to play in my band. He wants to sing my songs. I don’t usually worry about vindication, but Alan is probably the one person whose opinion would be enough to change my mind about what I do.
He’s the most talented individual the medium’s ever seen or ever will; that he’s writing Crossed  means everything to me.
–Garth Ennis
Other writers hint at their cleverness through a lens of smirking mysteries, Alan invites you in for a cup of tea and lets you poke his with a sharp stick. You don’t have to think he’s right to think he’s Right.
Likewise, you don’t have to enjoy horrific things to find value in horror fiction. And you don’t have to like Crossed to know Alan’s take on it will be very, very interesting indeed. –Simon Spurrier
Crossed: +100 features characters in a specific enclave of survivors, many of whom have never actually seen an infected Crossed individual and are seeking to build a future for themselves upon the ruins of the past. The natural world has returned to human cities in force, and humans are resorting to reclaiming basic technological advancements. Central to the narrative is Future Taylor, a female archivist intrigued by science fiction of the 20th and 21st centuries, and her struggling team of reclamation workers. When they encounter a small group of Crossed, they are troubled by the implications of proliferation from the violent and infected beings, and set out to uncover the mystery of why Crossed seem to be increasing and behaving unusually in the region. Is there really any hope for rebuilding human culture, or will the Crossed epidemic finally stamp out human evolution through the last of the straggling survivors?
Alan Moore explains the appeal of the series to him as a writer:
What kind of human future would there be at all? Would humans all be gone? Once I started thinking about this, and I checked all this with Garth, and he thought that it was logical, it seems pretty sound. So, that’s been part of the thrill of it. I think people think of Crossed as a horror story, and I can see why. It is extremely horrible. But actually I’ve always had my problems with genre, and I am coming to the conclusion that genre has really only ever been a convenience.
Now, looking at Crossed, I was actually thinking that this, for my purposes, is a horror story, but it’s also a science fiction story. I was thinking that Crossed is actually a science fiction story that has got a really, really high horror quotient. So that was the way that I started approaching it. I was treated Crossed as a “What if?” story, which is the premise of most science fiction.
Not only has Alan Moore full-scripted this contained arc of Crossed, but he has also designed every single cover of the series personally, in multiple formats. Look out for a full set of cover reveals later in the week for the first issue of Crossed +100 but as a teaser, we’ll let you know that every cover of Crossed: +100 will offer clues and hidden information about what has transpired in the 100 years since the outbreak, and hints at things to come for the characters.
In keeping with the science fiction theme running through the series in connection with Future Taylor’s interests, there will also be a set of covers created in homage to famous works of science fiction tying into the themes of the particular issue in question and yet another set of covers that gives insights into “Crossed Culture”.

Also make sure to keep your eyes peeled for more information on a special “sampler” publication that will precede the series’ arrival in shops and include exclusive artwork, notes from Alan Moore, and a first look at the series, and also take note that an unprecedented level of care and attention has been devoted to the creation of collectors’ editions and boxed sets for the advent of Crossed: +100. For an all-out series like this one, Avatar Press have pulled out all the stops to deliver unique opportunities for readers and collectors alike.
Crossed: +100 will be infesting shops this December.
Avatar Press is the parent company of Bleeding Cool.

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