Criminal #1: Capsule Review

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Title: Criminal #1

Publisher: Image Comics

Writer: Ed Brubaker

Artists: Sean Phillips

Colorist: Jacob Phillips

Cover Artist: Sean Phillips

Review: ★★★★

 

First off Criminal has an interesting history. Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips originally started working at DC Comics in 1998. They put out a Batman story to warm things up for Sleeper. Sleeper set up the notion that a crime story could successfully survive the modern comic world. With that Criminal was born and eight stories later we get Criminal the monthly comic. Our story picks up with Teeg Lawless. He has recently been released from prison by the means of his son. His son has made some bad choices to free his dad. Brubaker re-introduces Teeg and puts him into to more trouble then he’s probably worth. The opening is a great set up that kinda makes us believe that this story was going some where else. Lawless is almost a likable character until we remember what a cad he can actually be. His proposed means of financial relief leads him along a old path of friends and ex-lovers. Sean Phillips and Jacob Phillips are a fantastic team with this book. Sean uses dark lines and just enough detail to have us buy into this gritty world. Jacob does a great job setting the tone. The ending gives Teeg a bit of hope for his future but I doubt it ends that way.

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