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Criminal is Back and Getting a Second Printing

Crime comic masters Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips’ have hit the ground running with the return of the monthly, iconic Criminal series. In order to keep up with the overwhelming demand, Criminal #1 will be rushed back to print.

In this double-sized Criminal #1 issue, Teeg Lawless is back in town—but he finds himself in more trouble than ever. Thanks to his delinquent teenage son, this time fists and bullets may not be enough to solve Teeg’s problems.

Criminal #1, 2nd printing (Diamond Code NOV188407) Criminal #2 (Diamond Code DEC180234) will both be available on Wednesday, Feb 13. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, Jan 21. Fans can also subscribe to receive the series delivered by mail within the domestic U.S. on Image Direct.

Criminal #1

Review: Criminal #1

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.

Review: Criminal #1

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.

If you’ve never read Ed Brubaker and Sean PhillipsCriminal, you’ve been missing out. For about 8 volumes (depending on what you want to count) the series has been some of the best crime/noir comics our there and just some of the best comics out there period. After a too long break, they’re back with a monthly series that’s a perfect jumping on point.

To say Criminal #1 is good is selling it short. This is one hell of a start and is the type of poetic storytelling that feels so rare in comics today.

The story again revolves around Teeg Lawless who is fresh out of jail and needs to correct the mistakes of his son who has pissed off the wrong people. It’s classic noir/crime with seedy locations, characters, and situations. It nails it all perfectly and it’s a build up to what the score may be to solve Laweless’ issues and get him the money he needs.

The comic is violent but always goes just up to the line in that. It never crosses it and instead leaves some of the worst to off the page allowing readers to imagine what happened. Brubaker and Phillips know how to perfectly pull that off leaving the reader’s imagination to do the worst of the visuals.

And Phillips is key here. Joined by Jacob Phillips on color, the trio deliver a story and visuals that are, and continue to be, a match made in heaven. This is the perfect combination of creators creating a team that’s some of the best ever in comics. Phillips’ grittier art style is made for this type of story. The characters are all unique and their small details are stories unto themselves.

Beyond the comic, there’s also prose included as well. Kim Morgan delivers an essay on Blood Simple, a
 neo-noir crime film that I’m never seen myself. It’s the intelligent icing on the cake of an already really smart read.

Is the comic good? It’s beyond good, it’s great. Criminal #1 shows that Brubaker and Phillips is a team of creators that are some of the best in the comics business. Criminal #1 is one of the strongest debuts in quite a while and a very welcomed return.

Story: Ed Brubaker Art: Sean Phillips Color: Jacob Phillips
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips Return to Criminal in a New Monthly Series

Hot off the critically acclaimed, bestselling series Kill or Be Killed and breakout hit original graphic novel My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies, crime comic masters Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips return to their beloved, iconic Criminal series. The multiple Eisner award-winning Criminal will return as an all-new monthly from Image Comics in January 2019.

Criminal #1 will debut as a double-sized issue, featuring the return of Teeg Lawless, whose teenage son is causing him trouble that he may not be able to fight his way out of, for the first time in his violence-fueled life.

A perfect introduction for readers to the dark and exciting world of Criminal, this new series will also include back-page articles and illustrations to bring readers more fully into the noir experience.

Criminal #1 (Diamond Code NOV180021) will be available on Wednesday, January 9th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, December 10th.

The Jungle Book Crushes the Competition with Over $103 million Weekend

The Jungle Book 2016The Jungle Book opened in first place this past weekend with an estimated $103.6 million this weekend, the third film to open with over $100 million this year. Internationally the film brought in $136.1 million to bring its total to an estimated $290.9 million so far.

In a distant second was Barbershop: The Next Cut which also opened up this weekend. That film earned an estimated $20.2 million, slightly lower than Barbershop 2‘s $24.2 million.

Last weekend’s champ The Boss dropped to third and earned an estimated $10.2 million and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice came in fourth with an estimated $9 million.

This weekend also saw the opening of Criminal which earned an estimated $5.9 million to come in sixth.

In other comic news Deadpool was #14 with an estimated $960,000 to bring its domestic total to $360.1 million and worldwide total to $758.6 million. Batman v Superman is now up to $827.3 million. Batman v Superman has based Spider-Man to be the eighth highest grossing comic adaptation while Deadpool is currently in twelfth.

Criminal Celebrates 10 Years

The Eisner Award-winning team of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips will release a brand-new 64-page one-shot of their acclaimed noir series Criminal in April.

It’s been ten years since Criminal launched and to celebrate, Brubaker and Phillips, with acclaimed color artist Elizabeth Breitweiser, are bringing their darkest and strangest tale yet: a twisted ‘70s noir about a father and son on the run.

Known for its creative experimentation, this novella-length Criminal story features a comic-within-the-comic, a bizarre ‘70s-era Kung Fu magazine starring a werewolf.

This 10th Anniversary Special also comes in a magazine-sized variant featuring the star of the comic-within-the-comic—a perfect companion to last year’s Savage Sword of Criminal magazine-sized variant.

Criminal: 10th Anniversary Special (Diamond code: NOV158430) hits stores Wednesday, April 13th. Criminal: 10th Anniversary Special, Deadly Edition: Magazine-Size Variant (Diamond code: NOV158431) will also be available on Wednesday, April 13th.


Preview: Criminal Special Edition

Criminal Special Edition

Story By: Ed Brubaker
Art By: Sean Phillips
Art By: Elizabeth Breitweiser
Cover By: Sean Phillips
Price: $4.99
Diamond ID: NOV140567
Published: February 25, 2015

CRIMINAL COMES TO IMAGE! To celebrate the return of CRIMINAL to print, BRUBAKER & PHILLIPS return to their awardwinning title for the first time in years for a 48-page special sure to thrill their readers, old and new alike! It’s 1976, and Teeg Lawless is doing 30 days in county jail with a price on his head, his only safe company from the savagery a beat-up old comic magazine his dead cellmate left behind. It’s CRIMINAL like you’ve never seen it before, with a comic within the comic and all those slick ‘70s thrills!


Brubaker and Phillips’ Criminal Heads to Image in January

In January, writer Ed Brubaker and artist Sean Phillips signed a five year deal with Image Comics to not just release new comics, like their recent hit The Fade Out, but they’d also be bringing some of their back catalog along with them.

In the second issue of The Fade Out, which was released this week, Brubaker announced their plans for their multi-volume noir series Criminal.

Here’s what he had to say:


Criminal had previously been released by Marvel’s creator-owned imprint Icon, with a run from 2007 to 2011.

Yay, looks like we’ll be getting even more Criminal news soon! Hopefully it’ll be a new volume or two.

Check out the cover below.


comiXology Icon 3 Day Sale

Starting tonight, comiXology is have a three day sale for Icon books featuring some solid series that are quality.  You can get 20% off these Marvel Icon comics by Bendis, Brubaker, Fraction, Millar and more:

▪ Casanova
▪ Casanova: Avaritia
▪ Casanova: Gula
▪ Criminal Vol.1
▪ Criminal Vol.2
▪ Criminal: The Last of The innocent
▪ Criminal: The Sinners Vol.1
▪ Fortune & Glory
▪ Incognito
▪ Jinx
▪ Kick-Ass
▪ Powers
▪ Scarlet

The sale is on the webstore only, but that doesn’t mean you can’t read it all on your favorite device.  Using comiXology’s “buy once, read anywhere” feature, comiXology allows fans to buy their digital comics through the web and then read them on any device that has the Comics by comiXology app! Just stick with the same account you made the purchase with and the comics will sync right over no sweat!

Brubaker & Phillips’ Award-Winning Criminal Returns In June

Official Press Release

Brubaker & Phillips’ Award-Winning CRIMINAL Returns In June

The best-selling crime comic of the decade finally returns with Criminal: The Last Of The Innocent #1, from the acclaimed team of writer Ed Brubaker (Captain America, Secret Avengers), artist Sean Phillips (Dark Tower) and colorist Val Staples.

What if your favorite children’s comic characters really grew up? Explore that dark question in the newest arc of the ICON series that has won Brubaker five “Best Writer” awards, and was recently named “Best Crime Comic” at the International Noir Fest in Lyon.

“With each new Criminal arc we try to do something different,” Brubaker explained. “This time we’re trying to make the ultimate crime comic, and what I mean by that is it’s a story that only works as a comic. Yes, it’s about sex and obsession and murder, but it’s also about nostalgia for the past and things lost, using tropes of old kids comics and 50s era crime comics, but putting our brutal Criminal spin over it all. It’s by far the most ambitious thing we’ve done.”

It’s also no accident that the title of this series is reminiscent of Dr. Wertham’s ‘Seduction of the Innocent’ — the book that led to the creation of the Comics Code and the end of the popularity of crime comics as a genre. “The history of crime comics is inextricably linked to Dr. Wertham’s book, so I decided to take the innocent days of youth and put them through all of Wertham’s worst fears,” said Brubaker.

This June, discover just why critics and fans alike can’t stop praising Criminal and check out the all-new Criminal: The Last of The Innocent #1 and take your first peek now, with a special two-page teaser!


Written by ED BRUBAKER

Art & Cover by SEAN PHILLIPS

Mature Content/No Ads…$3.50


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