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Criminal, Deluxe Edition Hardcover – November 18, 2009

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel; Deluxe edition (November 18, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785142290
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785142294
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.1 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #357,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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82 of 93 people found the following review helpful By Deadguy on January 25, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is a beautiful and wonderful book by some of the most talented creators in comics. It's too bad that Amazon has incorrect information in it's description, because now I'm super disappointed. I thought, as it says, that this collected Series 1 #1-10 and Series 2 #1-7, but it does not. It only has #1-3 of Series 2, which leaves me still four issues short of The Sinners, Series 3. The whole point was to read from the beginning until Series 3. I assumed I would get all caught up, but alas, no, there are four issues less than advertised. Wikipedia has it right. I write this review only as a warning; please buy as much Brubaker/Phillips as you can. Just don't think this Deluxe edition has all of Series 2. It does not. Likely, a second deluxe edition will appear in a year or two with the end of Series 2 and all of Series 3. I guess I'll buy it even though I already have Series 3 in single issues. Sigh.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Matt Stevens on December 15, 2009
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Ed Brubaker continues to prove he is one of the top writers in comic books today with this series. It's smart, concise and terse in its storytelling and harnesses the gritty realism of the best pulp stories. Phillp's art is hardcore stylish without being overly artsy. And please let me say, it's good to see a comic book series that isn't afraid to show a woman's nipples. How many times are we going to see comics released with graphic violence and lots of F bombs, but breasts covered up by an inky shadow or some such nonsense? Are nipples that dangerous? Are they going to poke our eyes out? No, they clearly do not, as this series proves.

There are basically three criminal stories here, plus some quickies and the extras and I am 100% satisfied with the quality of the sewn binding. Thank God Marvel is moving away from glued bindings, which just do not last. My only complaint is the border around the art on each page is rather large. Marvel should have expanded the art to a larger size and shrunk the border. Yes, the art is oversized in this edition, but why not go for broke?

I spend just a tad over $30 shipped and that is money well spent. I highly recommend this Hardcover to fans of comic books and even just fans of good pulp fiction.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Scott W. Hannan on April 22, 2011
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I don't have any reason to review the product as a work of fiction. If you know Brubaker, and you like Brubaker, get this, 'cause you'll love it. However, if you're hesitant at all, knowing that some graphic novel bindings are sloppy at best, then fear no more. This book is wonderfully bound. Each page has perfectly measured margins, and each page opens fully and lays flat, revealing the entire page. It's heavy, sturdy, and I'm pretty sure it'll stop a bullet. Good binding can be hard to find, and it must be appreciated that Brubaker and Phillips have signed off on a wonderful compilation that is carefully assembled, and not just a money grab.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By James Donnelly VINE VOICE on October 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips have a perfect marriage, and you know how I mean that. All of their collaborations have borne some pretty exquisite fruit. From GOTHAM NOIR to the deconstructive brilliance of the SLEEPER books, to the pulp anarchy of INCOGNITO, to the more recent noirish horror of FATALE, you're getting some of the best writing and art that comics have had to offer over the last decade or so. And then, there's CRIMINAL. CRIMINAL is a comic that combines hard-hitting drama, bloody violence, underworld intrigue, steamy sex, and gritty realism. Make no mistake, while Frank Miller's SIN CITY may be a kind progenitor to this particular brand of crime comics, that exists in a much more highly-stylized hyper-realistic yet unrealistic world. And this particular collection of CRIMINAL has the very best arc this few-degrees-of-separation comic has yet to offer as well as some other incredibly powerful works by the pair.

"Bad Night", the first arc this volume has to offer, is the tale of Jacob, the rather timid writer and illustrator of the "Frank Kafka, P.I." comic strips that have made appearances in the "Coward" and the "Lawless" arcs of this comic. He's pulled into a web of deceit by a sultry femme fatale and her thuggish partner as they find out a secret in his past that leads him to a deadly confrontation. Part of the story device that Brubaker employs in this arc is that Jacob finds himself consulting his fictional hard-boiled detective for advice, and acts as a narrator for his own tale. It's something that's a lot of fun to read, as well as being very suspenseful, but lacking a little in emotional conflict.

"The Sinners" brings us back to the world of Tracy Lawless, whose own brutal and unforgiving arc was one of this series' best works.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By N. Durham HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on February 25, 2010
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Though Ed Brubaker has become more widely known for his prolific run on Captain America, the acclaimed writer will always have his roots sewn in the realm of crime comics. Case in point is Criminal, which finds Brubaker at his best. This handsome hardcover published under Marvel's Icon imprint collects the Coward, Lawless, and The Dead and the Dying storyarcs, as well as a host of extras to boot. Like Frank Miller did before him with Sin City, Brubaker manages to conjure up his own crooked, crime-ridden world with plenty of noir undertones, made all the more vibrant thanks to the artwork of Brubaker's frequent collaborator Sean Phillips (Marvel Zombies 1 & 2). All in all, if crime/noir comics are your thing, this Deluxe Edition of Criminal should most definitely be in your collection, and if you've never taken a trip to Brubaker's Criminal world, this is a more than perfect place to start your journey.
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