- Paperback: 120 pages
- Publisher: Marvel; First Edition edition (February 11, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0785132287
- ISBN-13: 978-0785132288
- Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.2 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,503,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Criminal Vol. 4: Bad Night Paperback – February 11, 2009
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In their superhero-cum-spy comic Sleeper, Brubaker and Phillips played down the powers-and-costumes elements. With Criminal, they’ve escaped superheroes altogether, if only to adhere slavishly—but rewardingly—to another genre, hard-boiled noir. In this arc, insomniac cartoonist Jacob Kurtz’s nocturnal excursions lead him to a fateful encounter in a seedy diner with an alluring redhead and her psychotically violent boyfriend, who ensnare him in an ill-advised heist. Jacob is damaged goods; he never recovered, physically or psychologically, from being framed by the police for murdering his wife and beaten by her mobbed-up relatives. The noose around him tightens; his obsession with the redhead grows; and in true noir fashion, he becomes increasingly desperate and unhinged (he receives visitations from his strip’s Dick Tracy–ish protagonist, Frank Kafka, PI). This all leads to an appropriately twisted denouement. Brubaker brings to Criminal the same intricate plotting and gritty dialogue that distinguished his earlier comics, and emphasizing mood and character plays to Phillips’ considerable strengths. The shadowy, dangerous world of Criminal is hauntingly convincing. Criminal’s among the best mainstream comics produced today. --Gordon Flagg
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Unlike the Brubaker/Phillips series 'Fade Out,' the Criminal series can be purchased in just about any order without giving much away about individual plots. For sure, the characters are mixed up a bit and developed more in each issue but not every character appears in every story.
Brubaker and Phillips took a break from this series for the six-issue mini-series "Incognito" but promised that "Criminal" will return. (I bought all six individual issues of "Incognito" and loved it - the TPB is scheduled for a December release). The first three "Criminal" TPBs have been collected into a deluxe hardcover edition.
I have enjoyed all the volumes of Criminal I've read so far and look forward to devouring the remaining two. A highly recommended series.