Artist Jacen Burrows has been a fixture at Avatar Press for a while now. With his heavily-detailed, realistic art style, he’s been able to bring new heights of gruesome horror to titles like Garth Ennis’ Crossed and Chronicles of Wormwood and more recently Alan Moore’s Neonomicon. Burrows seems to be happy to be the ambassador for what could almost be described as the Avatar “house-style,” involving graphic, often brutal images by artists with a real sense of anatomy. He’s also, to a certain extent, the U.S. ambassador for the publisher, travelling to many of their domestic shows given that besides Burrows, much of Avatar’s art talent is located in Europe and Latin America.
On his art style, Burrows told us at C2E2 that he attempts to provide a bit of variety across projects, however much of his recent output has been realistic. The act of creating for him is a “constant, evolving process,” where he attempts to “do what feels right and hope it looks good.”
Neonomicon is currently ongoing, with Burrows working from Moore’s notoriously dense scripts—an experience the artist describes in equal measures challenging and exhilarating. “He works in a very meticulous, detailed fashion in his scripts,” Burrows says of Moore. “So essentially, what he gives you is a finished image in his head, and you have to basically try and match that as close[ly] as possible.”
For those of you unfamiliar with the series, Neonomicon is Moore’s homage to the work of Lovecraft, featuring a group of FBI agents investigating the subtle horrors which have slowly been let loose in the world. The series is actually a sequel to a previous Moore/Burrows collaboration, The Courtyard.
The work that has been garnering the artist the most attention of late, however, is Garth Ennis’ post-apocalyptic nightmare, Crossed. And this September, the series is hopping across the pond to Scotland in Crossed: Badlands, with Ennis teaming up with Burrows again after David Lapham’s recent run with the franchise.
As with earlier series, this new mini will focus on a band of survivors attempting to avoid “the Crossed”—people who have been afflicted with some kind of plague that causes them to indulge their most violent, feral impulses. I, for one, am curious as to the spin Ennis will take with the series in returning it to his native country.
From there, Crossed will become a series of 3-issue arcs by a rotating group of artists and writers, tackling different individuals and groups of survivors.
Look for more Crossed and Neonomicon on the shelves in the coming months!