Crossed Plus One Hundred 14
Below are annotations for Crossed Plus One Hundred, No. 14 “Blood Music” (22 pages, cover date February 2016, released 9 March 2016)
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: Future Taylor and Mustaqba tend to their adopted Crossed barter-baby in the suburbs of Murfreesboro. Taylor takes the train to Genheim Camp where she is reunited with Cautious Optimism Kriswyczki and Oneway MacBlarney. Crossed attack Genheim and are repelled.
- The exact scene depicted on the cover does not take place in the issue. The central figure is apparently Future Taylor with her Crossed barter-baby.
- The woman is Future Taylor.
- The baby is the name-yet-to-be-revealed Crossed barter-baby.
- This scene is a flashback to the final page of CPOH12, when Taylor first encounters the barter-baby during a siege of Murfreesboro.
- These constitute a fixed-camera sequence.
- “Twinkie… Twinkie” begins is a degraded version of the lullaby “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.”
- On the left is Mustaqba.
- Flashback continues filling in barter-baby’s early days.
- Mustaqba is installed the restraint system shown in the next panel.
Page 3 – no specific annotations
- Mixed case captions are Taylor’s journal.
Page 5 – no specific annotations
- “Blood Music” references the 1983/1985 science fiction novel Blood Music by Greg Bear.
- “Genheim Camp” is apparently named after Genheim Blarney, the Gapple balloon driver who appears prominently in issues 7-12. Genheim is apparently short for Guggenheim.
- The Crossed barter-baby speaks with a Crossed voice (red letters) and with a human voice (black letters).
- “Say mould. Say mould.” is “same old, same old.”
- Not clear what the sign says “R… FAPH”
- Sitting next to Taylor is Ufoq, archivist apprentice introduced in CPOH13.
- The “new Salt book” is the coded final Beau Salt journal discovered in CPOH13.
- “Lebannon Stayson” must be a rail station for a human settlement in the present-day city of Lebanon, TN, about 25 miles north of Murfreesboro. See CPOH locations/map page.
- The mixed-case red lettering is Beau Salt’s final journal.
- “First assaults will occur on July 27th, 2108” refers to the siege of Chooga in CPOH6. This is exactly 100 years after the Surprise – the initial Crossed outbreak.
- In P10,p3 above Taylor gives readers the key: “Split the afterbet so’s “A” becomes “N”, “B” becomes “O”, and similarforth.” The text here does not appear to make a lot of sense. Below is the code with translation to the right:
ORRFNVAVT – BEESAINIG
OLEERTY – BYRREGL
BR – OE
QN – DA
ORR – BEE
UM – HZ
IIV – VVI
SMNG – FZAT
OGTM – BTGZ
SSV – FFI
MN – ZA
S – F
TRGURFRCN – GE THESE PA
CER – PRE
RNFRSBEG – EASE FOR T
SVA – FIN
GRRFOYBB – TEESBLOO
QLFANGPUERJ – DY SNATCH REW
SGREQPPN – FTERDCCA
ERGENVAC – RE TRAIN P
- “Bashful and Sneezy” are two of Salt’s top seven Crossed leaders, named after dwarves from Snow White – first introduced in CPOH5.
- It is not clear who the humans or the Crossed are. The taller Crossed may be Bashful and Sneezy. The young African-american Crossed may be Robbie Greer/Jokemercy.
- More code with translation (see panel above) – mostly does not make any sense:
RMMNTSQILVA – EZZAGFDVYIN
GUVASDMNONT – THIN FQZABAG
DANTMNDRTTIL – QNAGZAQEGGVY
EEFGVASNMNO – RRSTINFAZAB
IMTRVANSQTI – VZGEINAFDGV
NQORIYSFFS – ADBEVLFSSF
SOMTY – FBZGL
VRAIVTN – IENVIGA
CNEGLYNTNCER – PARTY LAGAPRE
BMFFHEERMVQI – OZSSURREZIDV
URYRFFESRSVA – HELESSRFEFIN
RQUVASRPGVAS – EDH INFECT IN F
RMNNTRPVVM – EZAAGECIIZ
- The Crossed house on the left is the same one that appeared on CPOH5 Crossed Culture variant cover – see Crossed Culture variants page.
- The three people on the right at Archie Keller, Robbie Greer/Jokemercy, and Taylor.
- This appears to be siege of Chooga, shown in CPOH6.
- This is Crossed leader Beau Salt, still spotting a goatee.
- “Bashful’s tithe” apparently refers to the way the Crossed subjugated various human settles demanding live humans, including at Kingstenn (CPOH8) and Murfreesboro (CPOH11–12).
- “Sleepy’s expedition” and “Sneezy’s seclusion” are yet to be revealed.
- “I will use a slightly less simplistic cipher than this” means readers will have another code to crack.
- The man in white is Holy Mo – a (so far minor) character introduced in CPOH10.
- “Genheim” – see P7,p1 above.
- “Billy-rumors” might be rumors of illbillies (Crossed). See CPOH glossary page.
- “Grundy” is likely Grundy County in south-central Tennessee.
- “The Signal Real-A” is probably the signal relay.
Page 15 – no specific annotations
- The people on the right are Cautious Optimism Kriswyczki and Oneway MacBlarney. Taylor has apparently not seen Caush for five years – since CPOH12. Apparently Kriswyczki is pregnant.
- This panel depicts the events of CPOH12. The central figure with the knife is Genheim MacBlarney.
- “He was foist to volumeteer” (first to volunteer) is not true (his father was punished – selected to be sacrificed.) Oneway MacBlarney believes a self-serving myth of the past being better than it was.
panels 4-5 (through P19,p1)
- These form a fixed-camera sequence.
Page 19-22 – no specific annotations