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Criminal, Vol. 6: Last of the Innocent Paperback – December 21, 2011

4.9 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
Book 6 of 6 in the Criminal Series

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (December 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785158294
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785158295
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.2 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #937,548 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Sean Curley on January 7, 2012
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The sixth collected edition of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips' Icon series "Criminal" includes the entire "Last of the Innocent" miniseries (which looks to be the last "Criminal" we'll get for a while, since the team are now hard at work on their Image series "Fatale", and presumably there's a third "Incognito" volume in the works at some point, given where the second one left off). "Last of the Innocent" is the best thing Brubaker has done in a few years, since at least the "Lady Bullseye"/"Return of the King" arc in "Daredevil" and possibly since "The Death of Captain America" ended back in 2008. Spoilers follow.

Upon opening the first issue, I quickly realized that the story was going to be an elaborate deconstruction of the Archie mythos into a crime comic, which put a big smile on my face. Much as Alan Moore did, Brubaker has taken a collection of well-known popcultural archetypes and fitted them into a much more adult story, that plays to many of the undercurrents of the old stories. Our story follows one Riley Richards (Archie), now in his 30s and unhappily married to Felicity/'Felix' (Veronica/'Ronnie'), who he discovers is cheating with Terry (Reggie), Riley's old childhood rival. A return visit to his old town of Brookview reacquaints him with Lizzie (Betty) and Freakout (Jughead), and Riley soon comes to believe that his only chance at recapturing his lost childhood happiness is to be with Lizzie. But that means getting Felix out of the way (and before she divorces him and leaves him with nothing)...

This could easily have been a very simple pastiche of Archie as a noir story, but Brubaker has much more to say than simply parodying the simplistic world of Archie and his friends.
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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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Archie chooses Veronica, and after a miserable decade of regret decides that his only way out is to murder her.

That's the elevator pitch for the final volume of Ed Brubaker's and Sean Phillips' Criminal series. The Last of the Innocent is an exploratory trip through the power of nostalgia, and the relativity of morals. I can think of no better outro for the Criminal universe, than Riley Richards' search for purpose in the two-tone world in which he lives. You might not fall in love with any of the characters featured here, but the story will tug at your gut in a way that only Brubaker and Phillips can manage.
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I'm a huge fan of Jim Thompson and the twisted worlds that are created by the greats of crime fiction. Ed Brubaker is an obvious fan as well as his oft-times collaborator, artist Sean Phillips. When they did BATMAN: GOTHAM NOIR, I was very excited to see more. I finally got the entire SLEEPER series, and it was one of the best series I'd ever read, with a brilliant mix of crime fiction and superhero comics. Then they did it again with CRIMINAL, which is straight-up, no-holds-barred crime fiction. This particular arc, LAST OF THE INNOCENT, is their best work yet. Combining a slick, imaginative artistic style with one of the best crime tales I've read since earlier arcs of CRIMINAL as well as Darwyn Cooke's wonderful adaptations of the PARKER books, LAST OF THE INNOCENT holds up as one of the best tales told of 2011. For fans of Brubaker and Phillips, it's a must own. To fans of crime fiction, it's a must own. To fans of great comics in general, it's a must own.

Just put it in the cart and buy it. Now.
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The Last of the Innocent by Ed Brubaker (with the artwork of Sean Phillips) may be my favorite story yet of their highly praised and remarkable Criminal series. This is the dark and seedy noire style graphic novel of a man from the poor side of the streets who gets everything he ever wanted only to find out he never really wanted it at all. Brubaker and Phillips interludes, in flashbacks, or homage, to the early Archie comics is warped and fun.

The question is this. What if Archie chose Veronica over Betty and marries her, only to find out what the rest of us always knew? Veronica is a scheming two faced bitch and he would have been happier with Betty all along. So what is a small town boy to do?

Riley Richards is the popular young man in school. With his best friend (and always high and able to eat anything buddy) Freakout and tomboy pretty girl neighbor Liz, life for Riley is good in Brookview. Then very rich and very beautiful Felicity comes to town and everything changes. Riley falls hard for Felicity and it isn't long before he is doing everything she wants. But what Felicity wants is to piss off her overbearing and over controlling father so she convinces Riley to marry her. One pre-nup later, they move away from Brookview and Riley takes a post in the family business. It isn't long before he realizes what a mistake his life has become. When Riley's father falls ill he returns to Brookview and finds that things have not really changed all that much. Freakout is still addicted to whatever he can get his hands on and Liz is still the very pretty girl next door. When he also realizes that Felicity is cheating on him and trying to get rid of him, Riley realizes there is only one thing he can do. But can he get away with it. Can he get rid of his wife. Get the money.
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