If you aren't aware of who or what the "Crossed" are, let me warn you, it isn't for the easily offended or faint-of-heart. Created by Garth Ennis (Preacher, The Boys, Chronicles of Wormwood), it is a story of an infection that is close to wiping out humanity. Those infected become psychopathic killers who do the most despicable acts known to man. There is no cure and no one is coming to save you (for a free Crossed online comic, click here). Noted authors like David Lapham, Si Spurrier, David Hine and Jamie Delano have added to Ennis' universe.
I came across this post last week, where a fan imagined what would happen if the Crossed invaded Gotham City…
The Crossed hit Gotham.
Everyone is dead — individuals like Superman and Wonder Woman are not dead, but infected, and continuing the carnage across the universe. Gotham is almost entirely destroyed — Batman and his family are dead, along with almost all of the other supervillains.
One month has passed.
However, amidst the chaos and death, one structure is still standing, tucked away past the suburbs — a funhouse, its lights dim. Inside is a man who seems to truly understand the monsters outside, though he finds himself immune to the infection after injecting his own veins with Crossed saliva. So, enraged over being "excluded" from his perfect world, The Joker gathers up the few of his henchmen still alive — including Harley Quinn — gathers up his weapons, tricks, gadgets, and his very own Joker Venom, and decides to take the fight to what remains of the world.
How long does Joker survive? How about his minions? Can he ever reclaim his home city? How many Crossed die by his hand?
It got me thinking. We have seen many "epidemics" invade comic universes; zombies (Marvel Zombies by Robert Kirkman), vampires (recent Justice League Dark and X-Men comics), werewolves (the horrible "CapWolf" story for Marvel comes to mind), endless alien invasions and so on. What would happen if the Crossed infection invaded another comic universe?
Crossed fans have spoke up and are currently voting for their favorite idea on Avatar Press' Facebook page.
Who would you like to see the Crossed invade?
Marvel? DC? The Walking Dead? My Little Pony? The options are endless.