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Crux #1
Nov 26th, 2017 by Rusty

Crux #1 cover

Crux #1

Date: May 2001
Publisher: CrossGen Comics
Cover Price: $2.95
2017 Price: $3
Stats: 29 color pages plus creative team bios and house ads
Writer: Mark Waid
Artists: Steve Epting, Rick Magyar, Frank D’Armata and Troy Peteri
Notable Notes: The Sigil comes to Earth!

CrossGen on Earth

Back around the turn of the century, in 2000 and 2001, I was a big fan of the newly created CrossGen Comics. The fantastic artwork and intricate, inter-leaved story lines really impressed me. I collected a lot of their titles, and really enjoyed nearly all of them. But I had not read one issue of this series, Crux, until today! I picked up the first four issues of the series on the cheap after the company folded, but just now got around to reading them. Sheesh – what a slacker I am! Oh well, it was worth the wait, because this turned out to be one cool comic book!
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Meridian #6
Nov 2nd, 2013 by Rusty

Meridian #6 cover

Meridian #6

Date: December 2000
Publisher: CrossGen Comics
Cover Price: $2.95
2013 NM Price: $3.00
Stats: 22 color pages plus house ads, “Delineations” letters page, “Milestones” and a slam on a former employee!
Writer: Barbara Kesel
Artists: Joshua Middleton, Steve McNiven, Dexter Vines, John Dell, Morry Hollowell and Dave Lanphear
Notable Notes: Sephie’s power is manifest on the surface!

The End of the Series… For Me

When this series was coming out hot off the press, back in 2000, I was collecting it. However, after 6 issues I decided it wasn’t for me. I am still feeling the same way, and since I only own the first 6 issues I’m afraid this will be it for me and Meridian. Not that it’s a bad series, but it just isn’t my cup of tea so to speak. If you’ve read beyond issue #6 I would be interested in hearing your thoughts on the series.

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Meridian #5
Sep 26th, 2013 by Rusty

Meridian #5 cover

Meridian #5

Date: November 2000
Publisher: CrossGen Comics
Cover Price: $2.95
2013 NM Price: $3.00
Stats: 22 color pages plus house ads, “Delineations” letters page, “Milestones” and fan art
Writer: Barbara Kesel
Artists: Joshua Middleton, Dexter Vines, Paul Mounts and Dave Lanphear
Notable Notes: Sephie goes to the surface!

Are You Afraid of Falling?

I’ve heard that we humans are only born with 2 instinctual fears – fear of loud noises and fear of falling – and that the rest of our fears are leaned during life. I don’t know if that is true or not, but it sounds reasonable. Anyway, when I see depictions of people who are falling calmly I always smirk and question the reality of the situation. Usually that occurs in movies, but there is a scene in this issue where that very thing happens. Let me ask you: would you be calm if you were falling to your death? I know I sure wouldn’t be!

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Meridian #4
Jul 13th, 2013 by Rusty

Meridian #4 cover

Meridian #4

Date: October 2000
Publisher: CrossGen Comics
Cover Price: $2.95
2013 NM Price: $3.00
Stats: 22 color pages plus a 6 page prequel of “The First”, house ads, “Delineations” letters page and “Generator” news column
Writer: Barbara Kesel
Artists: Joshua Middleton, Dexter Vines, Michael Atiyeh and Dave Lanphear
Notable Notes: Sephie flies back to Meridian.

Sail Boats

Have you ever piloted a small sail boat all by yourself? If so then I am extremely jealous! I never have, but I’ve always wanted to do that. It doesn’t help that I live in a land-locked state. The Great Salt Lake is nearby, and there are people who sail on it – so maybe I’ll have to give it a try. Anyway, those are the thoughts that came to my mind as I read this issue of Meridian – because in this book we find a young girl piloting a small air ship all by herself as she tries to flee home. Good stuff indeed!

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Meridian #3
Apr 1st, 2013 by Rusty

Meridian #3 cover

Meridian #3

Date: September 2000
Publisher: CrossGen Comics
Cover Price: $2.95
2013 NM Price: $3.00
Stats: 22 color pages plus house ads, “Delineations” letters page and “Generator” news column
Writer: Barbara Kesel
Artists: Joshua Middleton, Dexter Vines, Michael Atiyeh and Dave Lanphear
Notable Notes: Sephie finally bucks her Uncle’s tyranny!

She’s Got The Guts To Do The Right Thing!

Have you ever been pushed too far by someone? Maybe it was a close relative, or a boss or even a complete stranger. Sometimes it can be difficult to stand up to bullies – especially if they are older or in a position of power over you – but the star of this comic proves that it can and should be done! Let’s all hope that her future actions go just as well.

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Meridian #2
Feb 2nd, 2013 by Rusty

Meridian #2 cover

Meridian #2

Date: August 2000
Publisher: CrossGen Comics
Cover Price: $2.95
2013 NM Price: $3.00
Stats: 22 color pages plus recap page, house ads, “Delineations” letters column and “Milestones”
Writer: Barbara Kesel
Artists: Joshua Middleton, Dexter Vines, Michael Atiyeh, Dave Lanphear
Notable Notes: Sephie begins to question her uncle!

This Story Sounds Familiar

Even though I loved this book there were some elements of it that sounded kind of familiar: a princess in exile, a devious ruler with ulterior motives, a ruffian boy that is just so charming. Now where have I heard all this before? *Cough – Aladdin – cough* Hmm… I’m sure it’ll come to me. 🙂

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Meridian #1
Jan 1st, 2013 by Rusty

Meridian #1 cover

Meridian #1

Date: July 2000
Publisher: CrossGen Comics
Cover Price: $2.95
2012 NM Price: $3.00
Stats: 27 color pages plus house ads
Writer: Barbara Kesel
Artists: Joshua Middleton, Dexter Vines, Michael Atiyeh, Dave Lanphear
Notable Notes: One of the 1st four flagship titles from CrossGen comics!

The CrossGen Universe Begins!

So, I was a big fan of CrossGen Comics when they first appeared back in the year 2000. I followed all the main titles and several of the later ones. The company put out some cool stuff, and they (supposedly) treated their employees with respect. So you shouldn’t be surprised when I tell you that I was devastated when I heard that they were going under and that they owed money to lots of people. It was truly a shame, but I figured after all these years it was time to give some of their comics another try and see if I still enjoyed them. Yep, turns out I did!

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