Criminal #1 (2019),
VERY FINE/NEAR MINT
BONUS REVIEW by Shawn
(W) Ed Brubaker
(A/CA) Sean Phillips, Jacob Phillips
SERIES PREMIERE! THE RETURN OF THE MOST ACCLAIMED CRIME COMIC OF THE 21ST CENTURY! Hot off their bestselling series KILL OR BE KILLED and their original graphic novel MY HEROES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN JUNKIES, crime comic masters ED BRUBAKER and SEAN PHILLIPS finally return to their most-demanded title-as a new MONTHLY SERIES! In this double-sized (at no additional cost!) debut issue, Teeg Lawless is back in town. But he finds himself in more trouble than ever, thanks to his delinquent teenage son-and this time, fists and bullets may not be enough to solve his problems. A perfect introduction to CRIMINAL and its dark, exciting world, this series will also include back page art and articles to bring readers more fully into the noir experience.
Date Available: 01/09/2019
Continuing one of the best, if not the best, crime comics ever, this issue is an excellent starting point for the unfamiliar reader. It's a story that's been going on since 2006, and it's worth your time to check it out. Don't let the long run turn you away, as all of the volumes can be read as stand-alone stories. It's the opposite of a fun uplifting read, as ugly inside as it is on the cover, and that's a good thing for fans of the bad guy.
Highly recommended for fans of Kill or Be Killed, Fade Out, Night of the Hunter, and lovers of absolutely irredeemable characters.
I give it 9 out of 10 Grahams