Crossed Plus One Hundred: Mimic 05

Crossed Plus One Hundred: Mimic No. 5 regular cover, art by Gabriel Andrade

Below are annotations for Crossed Plus One Hundred: Mimic, No. 5 (48 pages: 22- and 8-page stories, 14 gallery pages, 4 house ad pages; cover date August 2018, released 12 September 2018 – digital release 11 September 2018)

Main story “A Rumor of War” (22 pages)
Writer: Christos Gage, Artist: Emiliano Urdinola

Backup American History X story “2025” (8 pages)
Writer: Pat Shand, Artist: Raulo Caceres, based upon a concept by: Alan Moore

>Go to CPOH annotations index
>Go to CPOH timeline
>Go to CPOH language/glossary
>Go to CPOH background, cast of characters

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: Basic annotations done – let me know what I missed.

Cover 

  • The cover depicts Archivist Julie (left) and Fleshcook, during the seige of the Casper compound in the later half of this issue.

Opening Pages

  • The two full-page images are the same as CPOHM1.
  • The story title comes from the 1977 memoir A Rumor of War written by Philip Caputo. For further information, see where the book is depicted on Px,px below.

Page 1

panel 1

  • The date is circa 2108. The location is the officer latrine at the now-Crossed-conquered human settlement compound in Casper, Wyoming.
  • Archivist Julie is on radionet with Commander Chief Nathan.

panel 2

  • Julie appears to be lying; the mutiny took place earlier, depicted in CPOHM4.

panel 3

  • Commander Chief Nathan thinks that only soldiers are important, not support staff, which include Julie.

panel 4

  • “Things’ll be back to the way they were” is a bit chilling. The sexist inegalitarian status quo meant that Julie had been raped by more powerful soldiers.

Pages 2-3

panel 1

  • In an Instagram post, Artist Emiliano Urdinola described the bearded man on the right as a somewhat idealized self-portrait.

Page 4 – no specific annotations

Page 5

panel 3

  • “Infections happen” refers to Fleshcook’s wounds getting infected, though it also echoes the entire premise of the Crossed.

panel 5

  • First(?) full appearance of medic Nancy.

Page 6

panel 2

  • “Soldiers, and… support. We know already what that means” is Julie expressing the human’s injust unequal system that preceded the Crosseds siege.

Page 7

panel 1

  • “Merge” – see CPOHM2 P19,p2.

Page 8

cover of 1977 war memoir A Rumor of War by Philip Caputo

panel 1

  • The book on the shelf (from which the title of this issue is derived) is the 1977 memoir A Rumor of War written by Philip Caputo.
  • Artist Emiliano shared the artwork for this panel – on this Instagram post.

panel 4

  • “One peoples” perhaps summarizes the goal of merge – seeing both Crossed and humans as the same: one people.

Page 9 – no specific annotations

Page 10

panel 6

  • “Salt” is, of course, Beau Salt – intelligent Crossed leader whose bio appears in CPOH5.
  • “Salt was right. We can learn from them.” may refer to some specific writing from Beau Salt – xxx suggest??
  • The map in the background shows the areas around Casper, WY. Legible Wyoming towns include Guernsey and Wheatland.

Page 11

panel 2

  • First instance where families are referred to as “breeders” who have not had a choice. Seems to indicate their caste was below even support in pre-siege Casper.

Page 12

panels 2-3

  • The Crossed is stroking his penis after becoming aroused from looking down Julie’s shirt at her cleavage.

Page 13

panel 4

  • “Ten-hup” is a version of “Ten-hut” which is a military command meaning “attention.”

Page 14

panel 5

  • “Support [persons are] acceptable losses” again emphasizes the dehumanization that these soldiers feel toward civilians.

Pages 15-17 – no specific annotations

Page 18

panel 1

  • “Pissbuckets” may be just an expression like “uh-oh!” but it seems to describe a kind of bio-booby (biological booby-trap) where the Crossed could infect humans by pouring Crossed urine on them.

Page 19 – no specific annotations

Page 20

panel 2

  • The Crossed appear to be smearing feces (another bio-booby) on the battle-bus.

Pages 21-22 – no specific annotations

In-Between Pages (What’s the word for these??)

Backstory Page 1

Crossed Plus One Hundred No.5 Crossed Culture Variant Cover, art by Gabriel Andrade

panel 1

  • The site appears to be Bashful’s intelligent Crossed village in the Appalachians – shown in CPOH5.

Page 2

panel 1

  • The image is similar to CPOH5 P18,p4 which depicted Salt and his disciples in 2029. The central seated Crossed is Beau Salt. The back row are apparently his disciples. Left to right are probably: Dopey (f), Grumpy(f), Sneezy?(f), Sleepy?, and maybe Bashful (m). (Arguably, Bashful should not be there in 2025. In CPOH5 Salt writes, in March 2029, that Bashful was a “three year old” so he was born in 2026.) Doc (m) and Happy (m) are apparently not present.

Page 3

panel 1

  • coming soon

Page 4

panel 1

  • Where did the vertebra-haired Crossed woman go? (She’s apparently in the room, as she reappears on P5.

Page 5

panel 1

  • coming soon

Page 6

panel 1

  • Salt’s disciples are again seated behind him.

Page 7

panel 5

  • “My elite” are Salt’s disciples.

Page 8

panel 1

panel 2

panel 3

panel 4

panel 5

End Pages

  • coming soon

THE END

>Go to Crossed Plus One Hundred: Mimic No.6 annotations
>Go to Crossed Plus One Hundred annotations index

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