13259795So. First and foremost, not for the faint of heart this one. Crossed by Simon Spurrier is one sick, twisted piece of graphic novel literature that is also surprisingly good.

Really has a 28 Days Later feel for me. Humanity has gone all apocalyptic on itself due to some unknown phenomenon that turns people bat crap crazy. And I mean that in the most literal way. These infected humans are called Crossed or pluses due to the red, cross like rash that covers their face. Transmitted through bodily fluids and such, any exposure is considered an immediate death sentence. Either the infected will turn, or be killed by those around them to protect themselves.

And just a note on the bat crap crazy part, the thing opens with a man-quote-‘lung fucking a dolphin’ while it was still alive and he was screaming for his mammy while he was doing it. Yeah. Have fun with that.

Now, you may ask why I persisted in reading this if that was how it started. And I admit it turned me off at first. But after doing some research and seeing the kind of following it has, I had to see for myself just what was going on.

And I’m glad I did. It’s definitely not for the faint of heart, but if you can see past the blood and violence, you get the true story about how the last few uninfected humans survive and live with each other at the end of the world. A lot of the time, its that story that makes the journey worth it.

Next up, something I’ve been looking forward to sinking my teeth into: Diablo III: The Order by Nate Kenyon.

13259855Deckard Cain is the last of the Horadrim, the sole surviving member of a mysterious and legendary order. Assembled by the archangel Tyrael, the Horadrim were charged with the sacred duty of seeking out and vanquishing the three Prime Evils: Diablo (the Lord of Terror), Mephisto (the Lord of Hatred), and Baal (the Lord of Destruction). But that was many years ago. As the decades passed, the Horadrim’s strength diminished, and they fell into obscurity. Now all of their collected history, tactics, and wisdom lie within the aged hands of one man. A man who is growing concerned.

Dark whisperings have begun to fill the air, tales of ancient evil stirring, rumblings of a demonic invasion set to tear the land apart. Amid the mounting dread, Deckard Cain uncovers startling new information that could bring about the salvation—or ruin—of the mortal world: other remnants of the Horadrim still exist. He must unravel where they have been and why they are hiding from one of their own.

As Cain searches for the lost members of his order, he is thrust into an alliance with an unlikely ally: Leah, an eight-year-old girl feared by many to carry a diabolical curse. What is her secret? How is it tied to the prophesied End of Days? And if there are other living Horadrim, will they be able to stand against oblivion? These are the questions Deckard Cain must answer…before it is too late.