Crossed Plus One Hundred 12
Below are annotations for Crossed Plus One Hundred, No. 12 “Behold the Man” (24 pages, cover date November 2015, released December 16, 2015)
Writer: Simon Spurrier, Artist: Rafa Ortiz, Series Outline: Alan Moore
Note: some of this stuff is obvious. If there’s stuff I missed or got wrong, let me know in comments, or email linton.joe [at] gmail.com
General: Taylor collaborates with Trackjack Bailey, who seizes control of Murfreesboro just before the Crossed are due to collect hostages. Under Bailey, humans win the battle with the Crossed, including killing Bashful.
- Based on her hat made from a human vagina, the central figure appears to be the one-breasted Crossed archer woman who appeared in CPOH7 p18,p2 and CPOH11 P18,p1.
- The man on the left appears to have strings of human ears – across his chest.
- The mixed case writing is Future Taylor’s journal.
- August 15 2109 is a couple days into this issue (see P11,p1 below) and four days since the events of CPOH11.
- The figures in the foreground are Cautious Optimism Kriswyczki (left, wearing white) and Oneway McBlarney (right, wearing goggles.)
- The foreground figure is Future Taylor.
- The hands belong to Bailey, shown fully on P4 below.
Page 3 – no specific annotations
- Bailey is exposing Taylor to his blood. This is prove to Taylor that he does not have the Crossed infection.
- The issue’s title “Behold the Man” apparently refers to the 1969 science fiction novel by Michael Moorcock. (Though, unlike other CPOH issues, there’s no mention of this book nor thematic tie-in.)
- “The vid you got outta Kingstenn” was shown on CPOH7 P1,p1.
- The central woman in p1 is Ima’am Fajr.
- Panels 1 and 2 form a polyptych.
- On Taylor’s left is Mustaqba.
- The hot-air balloon is from Gapple (NYC.) It first appeared in CPOH3.
- The balloon pilot is Mister [Guggenheim/Genheim?] McBlarney who speaks with a Brooklyn accent.
- “Fuggadey doin?” is “what the fuck are they doing?”
- “Gaddabout” is “forget about it” – said frequently by McBlarney.
- These form a polyptych.
- “You gotta fucktunna junction-faces…” is “you have got a fuck ton [a whole lot] of Crossed…”
- “Whole settles just gone” include Muska G shown in CPOH11 P6.
- “Baddabing” (spelled badda bing) is a catchphrase from the movie The Godfather also featured in the TV series The Sopranos. It means more-or-less “there it is” or “taken care of.”
- “Senthirdies” was mentioned by McBlarney’s son earlier (CPOH P20,p4.) It is the slang word “730” meaning crazy.
- “Summady wanna tell me dafug is..” is “[does] somebody want to tell me what the fuck is…”
Page 10 – no specific annotations
- Taylor last smoked “wana” (marijuana) in CPOH1 P23,p5.
- “Clear case of rule violation” refers back to P10,p1 above, where Bailey states “no peoples will enter or leave this settle.”
- “A-soul” is “asshole.”
- “Cuntfer” isn’t entirely clear… it is probably an expletive derived from “cunt.”
- Note that Mister McBlarney has released his son, Oneway McBlarney, and Cautious Optimism Kriswyczki to escape in the balloon.
- “I have actualled my number one already” means that Bailey has selected McBlarney to be sacrificed to the Crossed.
Page 13-14 – no specific annotations
- Mister McBlarney is the naked bearded man on the right.
- The central figure is the one-breasted Crossed archer woman, who appeared earlier in CPOH7 P18,p2 and CPOH11 P18,p1.
- “Bashful” is the Salt Crossed leader who appeared in CPOH5 and CPOH6. He appears on P23 below.
- “The martyr” is apparently the Crossed baby who appears on PXXX below.
- The woman’s statement is a historical nursery rhyme. It is perhaps some sort of Crossed password to identify Crossed-loyal humans. Salt refers to Beau Salt, the Crossed leader.
Page 17-22 – no specific annotations
- The central figure speaking is Bashful, Beau Salt’s Crossed leader.
- The baby is similar to the Crossed baby that appears on P22 of CPOH8. See this comment for the most credible explanation of what’s happening with these babies. In CPOH13 humans refer to these Crossed babies as a “barter-born” or “barter-baby.”