We would be remiss if we didn't point out that the Crossed: Wish You Were Here Volume 1 graphic novel, which is available for fan and retailer pre-order through the June Previews catalog, was selected by Diamond Comics as a Featured Item for the month. What an honor!
The Wish You Were Here storyline is something new and wicked for Crossed: it's the first epic (what I call "long form") tale set in the universe that Garth Ennis created. While previous stories followed small groups of survivors for a finite number of chapters, Wish You Were Here follows a group of survivors in the UK for YEARS. Si Spurrier, writer extraordinaire, has been hard at work with artist Javier Barreno (Crossed: Family Values), mapping out the tale for many volumes to come.
To give you a sense of where Wish You Were Here begins, here's Spurrier's own description…
The Crossed pandemic swept through London like a lightsaber through slug meat. Out in the countryside, people might have stood a chance – to run, to hide, to never look back – but in the city? Penned in, seething with visitors and vendors, tourists and tarts…?
Imagine it. The Trafalgar Square fountains running with blood… the Soho streets – previously the haunt of trendy haircuts and media-monkeys – now swarming with sadists… a plane strikes the London Eye like an angry angel and cleaves it in two; red buses rampage like mobile abattoirs; fires gnash at the famous skyline, and – above it all – the endless sound of laughter. Cruel, childlike, vicious…
Imagine the city transformed – a labyrinth plucked from the heart of Hell – and you'll understand that the odds of anyone getting out alive and uninfected would be a million to one. And then recall that London has – or rather had – a population of seven million. Which means that a handful of people… a handful of impossibly-lucky guys, by the law of averages alone, might just have made it…
Shaky is one of them. Winner of the most important lottery in the world: ejected from a maelstrom of close-shaves and crippling traumas that took him from a quiet Soho café – writing overblown spandex comics as does every other day – to the bloody banks of the Thames Barrier seven miles downriver. Born again into a changed world, tasked with finding a new reason to live. A new sanctuary. And, when he gets there, to wonder What The Hell comes next…
The first volume of the ongoing Crossed: Wish You Were Here graphic novel series can be found in the June Previews catalog on page 251. It's available in three cover editions: Softcover, Hardcover, and a special Signed Hardcover with autographs from Spurrier and cover artist Jacen Burrows (of Crossed: Badlands and Neonomicon fame). See below for the cover artwork, plus a sampling of interior pages!
Fans, don't forget to place your pre-orders with your local comic shop no later than this Thursday, June 28th (just three days away)… and retailers, don't forget to place your initial orders with Diamond!
Crossed: Wish You Were Here Volume 1 Softcover
$19.99 US Retail, Diamond Item Code: JUN120842
Crossed: Wish You Were Here Volume 1 Hardcover
$27.99 US Retail, Diamond Item Code: JUN120843
Crossed: Wish You Were Here Volume 1 Signed Hardcover
Autographed by Simon Spurrier and Jacen Burrows
$34.99 US Retail, Diamond Item Code: JUN120844