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LurkerWithout’s Sunday Trade

March 29th, 2009 · Joe · 2 Comments

Criminal: Coward written by Ed Brubaker, art by Sean Phillips

Criminal is probably one of the best books (not just comics, but books) being published. And probably one of the finest examples of noir you can find. No capes, no magic, nothing but cops and crooks and two-time losers and people looking for that last one big score and fools and madmen…

This first collected story arc follows Leo, a master pick pocket who gets recruited to work an armored car heist. One where damn near everything goes wrong and almost everyone involved is lying. Its violent and beautiful and tragic.

I’ve yet to see a bad review of this series and this first volume is a perfect start. The only thing thats really missing from the singles are the back-up essays on the noir genre, highlighting creators and works in print and film.

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  • 1 Sardel // Mar 29, 2009 at 10:47 am

    I’ve found this series as a great way to show my friends that comic books can be for adults. There’s obviously a bias against superhero books (whether or not its deserved) that often times keeps people away from comic books. Criminal can open doors for other series that may be ignored because of these preconceived misconceptions.

  • 2 LurkerWithout // Mar 29, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    Also once they get hooked on Criminal you can use it gateway them INTO supers if you want. Using Brubaker’s Captain America, Sleepers or what not…

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