- 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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Criminal, Vol. 6: Last of the Innocent Paperback – December 21, 2011
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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.Read more ›
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.
Just put it in the cart and buy it. Now.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Never have I seen noir (one of my favorite genres) done in the way that Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips do with "Criminal: Last of the Innocents. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Casandra Massey
'Criminal Volume 6: The Last of the Innocent' by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips brings the series to an excellent conclusion, perhaps not in an expected way, but brilliantly... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Wayne A McCoy
The Last of the Innocent is a stand alone story. I hadn't read any of the previous Criminal trades going in and no prior knowledge was needed. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Xyon McKell
Just finished the final three volumes in this series this weekend and these stars apply not only to this volume, but to the entire series. Read morePublished 23 months ago by J. Hundley
And when you see the characters it is clearly based on [no spoilers here] you will appreciate it even more.Published on February 1, 2013 by James P. Rich
All 6 volumes of Criminal blew my expectations away. CM Punk tweeted about their brilliance and he's never steered me wrong with comics in the past. Read morePublished on September 4, 2012 by B. Clark
Who hasn't looked back on their youth through rose-tinted lenses and wished they could go back? What if you were faced with that choice, that of the two girls who were after you in... Read morePublished on January 22, 2012 by Sam Quixote