- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Marvel (May 9, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 078512439X
- ISBN-13: 978-0785124399
- Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.2 x 10.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #788,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Coward (Criminal, Vol. 1) Paperback – May 9, 2007
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The late 1980s saw the introduction of a newfound realism in comics. The emergence of the graphic novel as a medium proved that comic books were not just kids' stuff. DC Comics launched the Vertigo line of comics intended for mature readers and focused on subjects more intense than Superman trying to get the alien imp Mr. Mxyzptlk to say his own name backward (thus banishing him back to the Fifth Dimension). With this new attention being paid to comics as a storytelling medium, it was inevitable that crime comics would be re-born.
While the re-birth cannot be attributed to one person, there is one man who can take a large amount of credit for the revitalization of crime in comics. Ed Brubaker bounced around the comics' world, writing his own material that was usually crime-related and putting his own unique stamp on standard heroes like Batman, Catwoman, and the X-Men. In 2007, he and artist Sean Phillips launched a new title, "Criminal" that featured multi-issue story arcs.Read more ›
If you're already a fan of Brubaker (or the Brubaker/Phillips creative team) then this book is a no-brainer and you should already own it and be buying copies for your friends! For someone who is new to the writing style of Ed Brubaker I will go into some detail, followed by some comments on Sean Phillips' art. This collection is begging to be read by fans of crime/noir fiction. If you like reading Richard Stark or James Ellroy or even Elmore Leonard, then this is right up your alley. Don't expect the humor you'd find in an Leonard novel though. This is a story peopled by flawed characters with the main focus centering on Leo "the coward". Leo is built up as a thief-planner with a knack for never getting caught. He gets tapped to help run an armored car job by a corrupt cop on a gangster's payroll.
Brubaker's captions and dialogue read like street vernacular that suggests he's actually walked these streets and ducked down these alleyways and spent some time in The Undertow Bar. There aren't any wasted words, it's very straightfoward and no-nonsense.Read more ›
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I used to read comics when I was a kid, but my interest waned as I grew tired of the same old hero's and villains' antics... Read morePublished on November 2, 2013 by Had To Do It
This is a straightforward crime story, done in comic book form. I prefer the other Brubaker/Philips projects that I've delved into, "Sleeper" and "Incognito", because they add new... Read morePublished on August 15, 2013 by Scott McFarland
CRIMINAL, VOL. 1: COWARD by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips is the story of Leo, a pickpocket and heist-planner. Leo's success is the product of his rules. Read morePublished on March 1, 2013 by Eric Christensen
I am more of a fan of realistic crime fiction than I am of graphic novels; in fact it has been several years since I have read a graphic novel. Read morePublished on September 4, 2012 by Greg Barth
Well it turns out that in comics it's a small world. When I read my copy of "Batman: The Man who Laughs (I knew I liked it more than other Batman books for some reason, that was a... Read morePublished on June 25, 2012 by Scott Fobes
I just started reading Brubaker's FATALE. So I wanted to go back and read some of his earlier work. Coward is a great read. Read morePublished on April 25, 2012 by Redhood
the "Criminal" series, written by the great Ed Brubaker and illustrated by Sean Phillips is nothing short of a masterpiece in the crime noir genre. Read morePublished on March 18, 2012 by beremy
Name: Criminal Vol. 1: Coward
Writers: Ed Brubaker
Artists: Sean Phillips (pencils, inks), Val Staples (colors)
Collects: Criminal... Read more
The first book in writer Ed Brubaker and artist Sean Phillips' noir series "Criminal" gets off to a blistering start with the excellent "Coward". Read morePublished on April 2, 2011 by Sam Quixote