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3.0 out of 5 stars Slim anthology of short crime comics, December 10, 2009
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This slim, black-and-white Dark Horse paperback collects thirteen short modern crime comics from a wide cast of creators. The pages are smaller than those of a normal comic book/TPB, and the stories each are about ten pages in length. Highlights include Jeff Lemire's "The Old Silo", which could have been a dark segment from his "Essex County" graphic novel trilogy. Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips' six-page collaboration resembles their monthly "Criminal" comic book series. Other highlights include the stories "The Last Hit", "Blood On My Hands", "The Albanian" and "The New Me". Most of the remainder of the anthology was disappointing, ranging from overly disturbing (Lapham) to nearly incomprehensible (DeCampi/Petrus). Limited by this volume's emphasis on brevity, some of the fragmented plots and characters might benefit from a longer treatment. Crime comic fanatics will undoubtedly want this, but for most other I recommend instead trying a full-length TPB from one of these creators.
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