Criss Cross

 CRIX   (Arcana, 2005)

™ and ©2005 Arcana Studio Inc.

If you’re a rich, spoiled chauvinist who routinely abuses women and thinks you’re above the law, beware of Christine Cross. Ms. Cross will go to extreme lengths to see that you get what’s coming to you.

This title is a bit simplistic and juvenile which wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing, but the sexual situations that are the crux of the plot require less stilted dialogue and a more mature approach. These characters need to be fleshed out just to be two-dimensional.

This book was published after the death of the writer, Doug Miers as a tribute to him. The cover states that it is a “Special One Shot” yet the story ends on a cliffhanger with no reasonable expectation that it will ever be concluded.

— George Haberberger

From the Comics Buyer’s Guide:

Criss Cross is appropriately named.

Doug Miers, in his last published work, created a story that works on a couple of dimensions. What can a woman do, when she has seen her rapist go free? That is the basis of this one–shot issue from Arcana. The secondary level deals with a deeper connotation.

Betty could simply be tormented for the rest of her life or she could get revenge. If revenge is a dish best served cold, Bernard Whittaker, your dish is served. On the day of his wedding, Bernard’s new wife turns out to be a con women who comes to the aid of jilted women around the world. Say goodbye, Bernie!

Michelangelo’s art is excellent. His layouts and sense of storytelling is impeccable. Miers would have been proud to see this issue on the stands.

If we are to pass on leaving people wanting more, then Doug Miers did it right. We can only wonder what a second issue would have brought us.

— Tim Lasiuta

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