Crossed Plus One Hundred 14

CPOH 14 regular cover, art by Gabriel Andrade

CPOH 14 regular cover, art by Gabriel Andrade

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

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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

WARNING: SPOILERS

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.

Cover 

  • 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.

Page 1

panel 1

  • 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.

panels 1-4

panels 3-4

Page 2

panel 2

  • On the left is Mustaqba.
  • Flashback continues filling in barter-baby’s early days.

panel 5

  • Mustaqba is installed the restraint system shown in the next panel.

Page 3 – no specific annotations

Page 4

panel 2

  • Mixed case captions are Taylor’s journal.

Page 5 – no specific annotations

Page 6

panel 1

  • “Blood Music” references the 1983/1985 science fiction novel Blood Music by Greg Bear.

Page 7

panel 1

  • “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.

Page 8

panel 4

  • The Crossed barter-baby speaks with a Crossed voice (red letters) and with a human voice (black letters).

Page 9

panel 2

  • “Say mould. Say mould.” is “same old, same old.”

panel 3

  • Not clear what the sign says “R… FAPH”

Page 10

panel 1

  • Sitting next to Taylor is Ufoq, archivist apprentice introduced in CPOH13.

panel 3

  • 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.

panel 4

  • The mixed-case red lettering is Beau Salt’s final journal.

Page 11

panel 2

  • “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

panel 2

  • “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
CPOH 5 Crossed Culture cover - art by Gabriel Andrade

CPOH 5 Crossed Culture cover – art by Gabriel Andrade

panel 3

  • 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.

Page 12

panel 1

  • This appears to be siege of Chooga, shown in CPOH6.

panel 2

  • 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 (CPOH1112).
  • “Sleepy’s expedition” and “Sneezy’s seclusion” are yet to be revealed.

panel 3

  • “I will use a slightly less simplistic cipher than this” means readers will have another code to crack.

Page 13

panel 2

  • The man in white is Holy Mo – a (so far minor) character introduced in CPOH10.
  • “Genheim” – see P7,p1 above.

panel 3

Page 14

panel 1

  • “The Signal Real-A” is probably the signal relay.

Page 15 – no specific annotations

Page 16

panel 1

  • 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.

panel 5

  • This panel depicts the events of CPOH12. The central figure with the knife is Genheim MacBlarney.

Page 17

panel 5

  • “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.

Page 18

panels 4-5 (through P19,p1)

Page 19-22 – no specific annotations

THE END

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