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Criminal: The Deluxe Edition, Volume 2 Hardcover – October 17, 2012

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Product Details

  • Series: Criminal
  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel; Deluxe edition (October 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785165843
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785165842
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.2 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #354,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. K. Lidster TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 11, 2014
Format: Hardcover
The second volume of Criminal wraps up what is one of the best crime comics ever made, at least for a while. Now that Brubaker and Phillips have moved from Icon to Image with their incredible genre-blending title 'Fatale', which combines the noir elements of 'Criminal' with the cosmic horror of H.P. Lovecraft, they may be there for some time. The astounding success of that title means that what began as a short diversion between 'Criminal' story-arcs is now their creative focus, with no end-date forthcoming.

But given what the two have accomplished thus far, I doubt the hiatus will be too long. As volume 2 demonstrates, this is more than just your average crime story. Even the more straight-forward plots of 'Coward' and 'Lawless' provided Brubaker-patented twists that were far from predictable, whether or not you happen to be a fan of Hammett, Chandler, Thompson, et al. 'Bad Night' is where Brubaker begins to play with the ideas he will put to good use later, while 'The Sinners' once again features Lawless in one of the best stories yet. 'The Last of the Innocents', however, sees Brubaker flexing some intellectual muscles, delving into meta-narratives that are closer to Paul Auster and his 'New York Trilogy' than Jim Thompson or Richard Price.

Phillips artwork is so perfect for the material that 'Criminal' could easily pass as the product of a single mind, as many of the best crime comics are. Teams so well-suited for collaboration are rare in comics -- Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso are the only other duo that work as well, particularly on 100 Bullets, another top five entry for the best in crime comics. Phillips has a realistic style, but one that's stripped down and drenched in shadow, bespoke art tailored exactly for the subject matter.
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By S. Penrose on May 7, 2015
Format: Hardcover
Why Hollywood hasn't jumped all over Brubaker & Phillips' masterpiece Criminal is beyond me. Here in the second deluxe edition the last three Criminal volumes are collected. The first story, Bad Night, is my favorite. The cross and double cross that you expect is only the beginning. Brubaker creates characters with so many layers, its amazing. The inclusion of the the comic strip aspect was fantastic and added so much to the story. The middle story involving another Tracy Lawless story was very good but was a little too by the numbers but that's being nitpicky. The conclusion was a sad tale of revenge, friendship, and what could have been. Sean Phillips is the perfect artist for this and would not have been the same without him. Ed Brubaker does comic book crime noir as good as anyone in the business. Overall, a near flawless collection!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Justin on June 21, 2013
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Brubaker quickly became one of my favorite authors after reading the CRIMINAL series. I have now moved on to Incognito and FATALE, which I both love. I cant say anything else but perfection. I LOVE THESE STORIES. Growing up watching mobster and crime movies really made me get into this series.
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By T. Cue. on February 27, 2015
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Fantastic art, half-decent noir characters, comfortingly predictable setups, and everything else you could want out of something like this. The literary equivalent of your city's "local best" bacon cheeseburger. Mmm, I wanna go read it again, even though it's got nothing good for me...mmmmhhhoorglfff...
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stevezg101 on November 18, 2012
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The second Criminal Deluxe Edition is as good as crime noir can get in the comic form. Excellent stories of flawed individuals that have to make hard choices with realistic consequences for their actions. The only complaint I have with this release is the omission of the original essays by creators about their favorite film noir movies that were in the comics when they were first released. The extras that are included are cover galleries and essays written by Ed Brubaker. Outstanding from first page to last.
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