Preview of Crossed: Badlands #1 by Garth Ennis and Jacen Burrows

Crossed: Badlands #1 by Garth Ennis and Jacen Burrows

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In March, Avatar Press launches a new title in the popular Crossed series – Crossed: Badlands by Garth Ennis and Jacen Burrows. The new Badlands series will be published ongoing, with the first story arc released on a bi-weekly schedule.

The year of the Crossed begins this March 14th on "C-Day", the date the infection spreads and this new ongoing series launches! Since its inception, Garth Ennis’ Crossed has captured the imagination of horror fans. The vicious and merciless world of the Crossed has pushed hardcore horror storytelling to the brink and now with the release of Crossed: Badlands, it goes beyond. Join us as the original Crossed creative team returns! Garth Ennis launches the all-new ongoing BI-WEEKLY series with the fellow horror luminary, artist Jacen Burrows. What is to follow is nothing short of ground breaking survival horror at its best and most frightening. Even better, a new issue will be coming out every 2 weeks! Picture the cruelest affronts to decency. Conjure your darkest nightmares… and then realize it could all be so much worse. When civilization crumbles in one terrifying moment; when people are gleefully breaking into unthinkable acts of violence all around you; when everyone you love has died screaming in agony: What do you do? There is no help. There is no hope. There is no escape. There is only the Crossed. Available with a Regular, Wraparound, Torture, and special Red Crossed Incentive cover by series artist Jacen Burrows.

Avatar Press has designated the series release date, March 14th, 2012 as C-Day and will have a huge retailer push featuring promotional materials. See press release after the preview.

We have a 9 page preview of the first issue along with 2 cover variations provided by Avatar Press.

Crossed: Badlands #1 by Garth Ennis and Jacen Burrows is available on March 14th, 2012 at your local comic shop for $3.99 (32 full color pages).

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Media Release — On March 14, Avatar Press will launch the brand-new CROSSED: BADLANDS series, the brainchild of one of the industry’s best-selling writers, Garth Ennis. Building upon the success of three preceding miniseries and an original 3D graphic novel, the new BADLANDS series will be published ongoing and bi-weekly. It’s a huge, ambitious project that we hope will delight fans, capture a new audience, and generate strong sales for our retail partners worldwide.

To create a groundswell of enthusiasm for prospective new readers, we are encouraging retailers will celebrate the launch of the BADLANDS series with an in-store event called "C-DAY". Retailers are encouraged to stock up on supportive promotional materials, like the CROSSED: GET INFECTED sampler comic and CROSSED C-DAY SURVIVAL KIT (which comes packed with face masks, temporary tattoos, posters, and more), both of which are available for order through the January Previews catalog.

But don’t take just our word for it! Retailers from all over have chimed in with their support for the new series, eager to spread their enthusiasm and share their thoughts on how to make CROSSED: BADLANDS and its C-Day launch a massive success. Just listen to the testimonial of our retail partners!

"I’m always surprised by how many copies of CROSSED we sell. It may not be a mainstream title, nor does it have a television presence like THE WALKING DEAD, but the book has legs. If you stock it, you will sell it – easy as cake."

– Tate Ottati, Tate’s Comics (Lauderhill, FL)

"Beyond the shocks (and there are plenty), there lies a surprisingly genuine, deep, and engaging story in CROSSED that gives a unique new spin to the survival horror genre. CROSSED is a consistent seller for us, the highest numbers of any Avatar title, and will sometimes sell out within one day of release! C-Day will only improve on that by raising the level of awareness with CROSSED’s first "event". I look forward to using it to its full potential!"

– Greg Gage, Black Cat Comics (Salt Lake City, UT)

"CROSSED is the worst nightmare I pray you’ve never had. I read it through my fingers. Its sales are right up there with THE WALKING DEAD."

– Stephen L. Holland, Page 45 (Nottingham, UK)

"CROSSED has served as a fantastic way to reach out to fans of the horror genre that visit our stores. We’ve watched as sales in both the trade paperback collections and the single issues have grown since the series launch, and we are amped for the launch of the CROSSED: BADLANDS ongoing. The perfect answer to that brand new WALKING DEAD fan who says, ‘What do I read next?’ CROSSED: BADLANDS is going to be one of our top picks of 2012."

– Steve Anderson, Third Eye Comics (Annapolis, MD)

"CROSSED is a series that made me realize that, even as a veteran comic reader and horror movie watcher, I could still be shocked, horrified, and thoroughly entertained by written media. Garth Ennis and Jacen Burrows have created a world so bleak and dark that you can’t help but feel the dread oozing out of this book. If you think you can’t be shocked by anything anymore, read CROSSED and get back to me."

– Jared Whittaker, Super-Fly Comics and Games (Yellow Springs, OH)

"Avatar has successfully found a needed and desired corner in comics. We sell more issues of CROSSED than all but one of the five different AVENGERS books. I am excited to see a bi-weekly ongoing series, not just for more Garth Ennis (who is one of our shop’s top selling authors), but for the financial increase it will bring too. More CROSSED means more money… twisted, terrifying money, but money nonetheless."

– Matt Johnson, Cup o’ Kryptonite (Des Moines, IA)

If you’re a retailer and want to make the most out of your C-Day in-store event, we’re happy to share a few ideas!

* Create a display of CROSSED-related merchandise on an endcap, a dedicated shelf space, or your counter!

* Stock up on our three CROSSED trade paperbacks, as well as the CROSSED 3D graphic novel.

* Cross-promote other great Avatar Press books featuring the talent of Garth Ennis or Jacen Burrows (like CHRONICLES OF WORMWOOD and 303).

* Drop one of the CROSSED: GET INFECTED sample comics into the pull bin for your dedicated zombie-buying customers.

* Organize a CROSSED version of a "Zombie Walk" in the neighborhood of your shop.

– The Comic Book Critic

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