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Criminal Vol. 3: The Dead and The Dying Paperback – July 23, 2008

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Product Details

  • 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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By Sam Quixote TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 21, 2011
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A lifelong friendship ending in tragedy. A botched abortion. Robbing a drug cartel. Abused families. Traumatised Vietnam soldiers. Addiction, pain, hardship, death.

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.
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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... I now have a son that is interested in comics, and recently I discovered Brubaker and Phillips' Criminal series while looking for books for him. While these are definitely NOT for children, I DO HIGHLY RECCOMEND them for adults. These books are a full throttle rollercoaster ride!! The story line and narrative is gripping and Phillips makes the story come to life with his fresh take on the Noir genre... I highly recommend this book and the others in the series
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Brubaker has achieved art with this one. This entry in the Criminal graphic novel series flashes back to the previous generation of thugs and adds yet another layer of depth to this series. The Dead and the Dying is brilliantly told from three different perspectives, and you do not fully understand the full events until you consider all three as each of the driving characters comes with their own perspective, assumptions, and preconceptions. If you enjoy well-written crime fiction that is told in a realistic, intelligent, and layered manner, this is the one for you. Brubaker does not dumb it down for his audience and the result is a tightly-scripted story that is well worth the effort of multiple readings. It fits very nicely into the series and left me flipping back to previous issues to fully appreciate all of the connections made.
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Not my favorite of the series but interesting. The first two volumes had more story to them and depth. The dead and the dyign was a little absent on the content and more aggressive of the visual but the series has me. So, I will order the next volumes.
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This third trade paperback collects three 30-page issues of the consistently outstanding "Criminal" series featuring the same creative team of writer Ed Brubaker and artist Sean Phillips. This story arc was billed as Volume 2, #1-3 of the Marvel series and serves as a prequel to the previous plotline. Back in 1972, the Undertown hosts a previous generation of thugs and miscreants, the final "N" of its neon sign still burned out. The three issues tell an overlapping story from three separate perspectives. Issue 1 centers on the pugilist past of Gnarly, the current Undertown bartender. #2 features Teeg Lawless, father of Tracy, the protagonist of the second TPB. #3 centers on hard luck Danica Briggs, pictured on the cover and deeply involved with the previous two characters. Unlike most comic book plots, the gritty, rated-R realism herein requires no leaps of faith from the reader. This book met my high expectations and is very strongly recommended for both regular fans of comics and graphic novels as well as a much wider audience.
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In another look into this gritty world that Brubaker and Phillips have created, we're shown an overarching story from multiple viewpoints. We get a glimpse into the lives of a handful of characters whose lives intersect. Brubaker easily transports you into this world where no one is good. Maybe good isn't the correct word but almost everyone is deeply flawed. Sean Phillips has made a career on grim and gritty and you can see why. A very good book.
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This volume of Criminal is arguably the best yet. While the characters aren't as immediately likeable as Leo, or desperately engrossing like Tracy, they are perfectly crafted and shoved into a delightfully broken morality tale.

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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