- Paperback: 104 pages
- Publisher: Marvel (July 23, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0785132279
- ISBN-13: 978-0785132271
- Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.4 x 10.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #454,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Criminal Vol. 3: The Dead and The Dying Paperback – July 23, 2008
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Top Customer Reviews
Yup, it's another cheerful book from Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. Taking place in the late 60s/early 70s, the three stories presented here feature a prizefighter sidelining as a heavy for a drug dealing friend, a Vietnam vet who needs to pay off his gambling debts or his family gets it, and a prostitute looking for revenge. They overlap like Tarantino's Pulp Fiction and are as dark as any noir novel or film.
The script, while gritty, remains true to the characters and the world they inhabit, and despite feeling sickened by some of the characters' actions I found it hard to put the book down once I'd started reading. The artwork perfectly matches the tone of the script, all dark inks and murky colours.
While "Criminal" is a series that isn't the easiest to read, it is one of the best examples of comic books telling real stories that have the integrity and reality as movies and novels. Full credit to Brubaker and Phillips on another fine example of comics storytelling.
I agree word for word with S. Curly in his above review, except for the deduction of one star for the lack of essays. You can't judge this product on what it lacks, but on what it presents. The essays are an incentive to the monthly readers, but they're not Criminal. The book doesn't deserve to be penalized for not reprinting them. That's like penalizing a DVD release because it doesn't have a special feature that interviews the director's friends about their favorite things about the genre. You may catch such an interview on TV, but to decide the product is worth less because they're not included is flawed thinking.
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'Criminal Vol. 3: The Dead and the Dying' is the third reprinted volume in the Harvey and Eisner award winning series. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Wayne A McCoy
Three interlocked single-issue stories. The first two I thought were exceptionally good, up there with "Lawless" which bowls me over. Read morePublished on October 26, 2013 by Scott McFarland
At first I was like ,"Yo let me checks dis shizzy out." And then I was like ," Daaaaaamn." See other people be all like, " Naaaaaw. Read morePublished on May 20, 2013 by Alex Cardenas
I Read The First Three Books Of The Criminal Series And This Book Is My Least Favorite Of The Three. I Will Continue To Read The Series And I Am Looking Forward To Book Four. Read morePublished on December 14, 2012 by HiGHly ExplOsiVE
A great spin on noir, this volume of the series combines the Blaxploitation with the genre with a good many characters backgrounds that the rest of the series hints at. Read morePublished on May 16, 2011 by graphik_persona
To give you an idea of what kind of graphic novels I enjoy.. novels like Alan Moore's "The Watchmen" or " V for Vendetta", " Sandman" by Neil Gaiman, " Kingdom Come " by DC... Read morePublished on August 27, 2010 by Andre