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Preview: Criminal #7

Criminal #7

(W) Ed Brubaker (A) Jacob Phillips (A/CA) Sean Phillips
In Shops: Aug 21, 2019
SRP: $3.99

The best monthly comic on the market keeps the hits coming! Young Ricky Lawless and Leo (from CRIMINAL, VOL. 1: COWARD) take the spotlight this issue, as the epic story of the death of Teeg Lawless continues! As always, CRIMINAL contains back page art and articles only found in the single issues.

Criminal #7

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Transformers '84 #0

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Bad Reception #1 (AfterShock) – It’s a celebrity wedding with no cellphones and no wifi and someone’s killing the guests. The concept sounds like entertaining slasher horror and we’re excited to check it out.

Criminal #7 (Image Comics) – One of the best comics on the market. Amazing writing and amazing art and consistently good. If you’re a fan of crime stories, this is a must and even if you’re not, check it out for the execution.

Excellence #4 (Image Comics/Skybound) – A new take on modern-day wizards, the series gets better with every issue.

The Goon #4

The Goon #4 (Albatross Funnybooks) – One of the most fun comics out there. It’s a comedic horror Popeye (these are all good things) that mixes some action and punching with a good dose of humor.

Powers of X #3 (Marvel) – We’re halfway through this volume of Jonathan Hickman’s reinvention of the X-Men and the ideas are out there and keep coming.

Pretty Violent #1 (Image Comics) – Gamma Rae wants to be a superhero and has had powers since she was a baby. The problem is, her siblings are notorious hero-murdering criminals. The comic sounds like an over the top superhero comedy and we’re here for it.

Springtime in Chernobyl (IDW Publishing) – Emmanuel Lepage chronicles his trip to Chernobyl in 2008 in this graphic memoir.

Strayed #1 (Dark Horse) – A military-industrial complex reigns over humanity and destroys alien worlds. The galaxy’s only hope is in an astral-projecting cat and its owner. This sounds like exactly what sci-fi is about, entertainment and reflecting on socio/political issues.

Superman: Year One #2 (DC Comics) – The first issue of Frank Miller and John Romita Jr.’s take on Superman’s origin was interesting and exceeded our expectations so we’re excited to see if the second issue can deliver too.

Transformers ’84 #0 (IDW Publishing) – Celebrating 35 years of Transformers, the issue is a prequel to the original comic series. Yeah, our inner child is squealing over this one.

Preview: Criminal #6

Criminal #6

(W) Ed Brubaker (A/CA) Sean Phillips
In Shops: Jul 10, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Teeg Lawless falls in love for the first time, and it might be the worst decision he ever made. THE SUMMER OF ’88-the story of the last days of Teeg Lawless-continues! As always, CRIMINAL contains back page art and articles only found in the single issues.

Criminal #6

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Bad Weekend (Image Comics) – If you missed this story arc from Criminal in individual issues, now’s your chance to get it… plus extras!

Criminal #6 (Image Comics) – One of the best comics out today. Each issue is amazing and a must for folks who enjoy crime/noir comics or just quality.

Black Hammer/Justice League #1 (Dark Horse/DC Comics) – Jeff Lemire’s brilliant deconstruction of superheroes meets some of the original heroes.

Care Bears #1 (IDW Publishing) – The classic property get a comic series and we’re always excited to see classic kids properties see new life. More comics geared towards young kids is a good thing.

Fallen World #3 (Valiant) – Valiant consistently knocks it out of the park and this is a series that’s well worth checking out as to see why the publisher is known for quality.

Giant-Size X-Statix #1 (Marvel) – The X-Statix are back and you don’t need to know the past to enjoy this giant-size comic. Filled with humor and well worth checking out.

Ghosted in L.A. #1 (BOOM! Studios) – Sina Grace and Siobhan Keenan’s new series about a girl with undead roommates. The premise sounds fun.

Lola XOXO Vol. 3 #1 (Aspen Comics) – We’ve been fans of this series since the first volume. It’s a post-apocalyptic world that has a nice “western” feel to it.

The Magicians: Alice’s Story (BOOM! Studios) – The popular series comes to comics.

Naomi #6 (DC Comics) – The end of the “first season” of the series and if you’ve missed it, you’re missing one of the best superhero comics out there. It’s nailed the set-up and delivered on reveals. Naomi is a breakout star in the making. Don’t miss out on this entire series. Amazing writing and even better art.

Reaver #1 (Image Comics) – A new series from Justin Jordan and Rebekah Isaacs, that creative team alone has us excited. Six horrible individuals are assembled to help stop the end of the new world. It sounds like the Dirty Dozen (in half) but this creative combo has us excited to see the insanity is coming.

Second Coming #1 (AHOY Comics) – The delayed (and publisher switched) controversial series is finally out and we want to see what the buzz is all about and if it deserves the notoriaty and protests, it has.

Strangelands #1 (Humanoids/H1 Comics) – The latest entry in the Humanoids “H1” superhero comics line is an interesting concept of two individuals who cause mass destruction when they’re separated.

Unearth #1 (Image Comics) – Cullen Bunn, Kyle Strahm, and Baldemar Rivas’ new series that seems to mix horror and science for a subterranean nightmare. Bunn is a master of horror and a new series from him in that genre is one to always check out.

Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle (Ten Speed Press) – The classic protest novel gets a graphic novel adaptation. The story brings to life harsh conditions and exploited existences of immigrants in Chicago’s meatpacking industry in the early twentieth century.

Review: Criminal #5

Criminal #5

Criminal #5 is the beginning of a new storyline, “Cruel Summer,” a perfect starting point for new readers. Dan Farraday, private detective and skip-tracer, comes to town looking for a dangerous woman. Taking place in 1988, the issue kicks off the last days of Teeg Lawless. Lawless is a character who is at the center of so much of Criminal in various ways. But, writer Ed Brubaker has crafted an issue and series you don’t need to know that.

Brubaker has crafted the perfect example of what makes this series work in Criminal #5. For those who have never read an issue, you can pick it up and enjoy its detective noir. It’s a simple story of a private investigator attempting to track down a woman. But, for those who have read the series for a long time, it becomes so much more by the end. It’s enjoyable on multiple levels.

But Brubaker also makes sure to focus on the characters, not just the familiar tropes. Farraday as a character has depth that’s revealed as the story progresses. At first he’s the simple detective. He’s then revealed to have had a rough life which partially drives him now. Then, his experiences in Vietnam drives home his motivation for what he does.

The art by Sean Phillips and colorist Jacob Phillips as usual is amazing. It uses all of the familiar visual queues we’d expect from this sort of story. There’s a cool and sexiness about it all mixed with some danger. Just engrossing visuals to match an engrossing story.

Criminal #5 is as amazing as I’d expect. It continues one of the best comics out today and that’s not even counting all of the extra material included in the issue. This is a perfect issue to hop on and check out what you’re missing and long time readers will be excited to see where this goes.

Story: Ed Brubaker Art: Sean Phillips Color: Jacob Phillips
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Rust Belt

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III #2 (DC Comics) – If you’ve seen our review of the first issue, you know why this is on the list. Just so much fun and out there ideas. Can’t wait to see where this goes.

Black Cat #1 (Marvel) – She’s had a lot on her plate in recent years taking a bigger role in Marvel’s criminal underground. We want to see what she does in a solo series and where they take her character now.

Criminal #5 (Image Comics) – One, if not the, best comic out there right now. This is a perfect hopping on point so take advantage and find out why we praise it so much. A must for fans of crime/noir comics.

DCeased #2 (DC Comics) – The first issue had a nice zombie/horror vibe to it, though we’ve seen a lot of what was inside before. But, it hit the right beats and we want to see how it differentiates itself.

Ignited #1 (Humanoids/H1 Comics) – A whole new comic universe from a hell of a list of creators. Can’t wait to dive in and see what they’ve put together.

Lady Mechanika: Sangre #1

Lady Mechanika: Sangre #1 (Benitez Productions) – We’re fans of this steampunk-ish series. This new volume has her heading to the Spanish countryside to hunt a demonic creature.

Rust Belt (Secret Acres) – A look at the underemployed, the working poor, the dreamers of America’s post-industrial cities.

Thumbs #1 (Image Comics) – Tech-obsessed teens are directed to take on the government from the creative team of The Few. Yeah, we’re in.

The Walking Dead #192 (Image Comics/Skybound) – Did you read the last issue? You know why we want to read this one. We’re not spoiling it.

War of the Realms #5 (Marvel) – The event is up and down but we’ve come this far.

Criminal #2 and #3 are Going Back to Print and Criminal #5 Gets an Overship

Ed Brubaker has announced in his newsletter that Criminal #2 and #3 are both going back to print. This is the latest volume to his praised series with artist Sean Phillips.

The two issues make up the “Bad Weekend” storyline that blends fantasy and reality revolving around a comic creator and a comic convention that looks a lot like one in San Diego.

The demand for the single issues keep growing so a new printing, with a different color logo, is happening. You can read our review of Criminal #2 and Criminal #3.

Criminal #3 2nd printing

“Bad Weekend” is also getting collected with eight pages of added scenes. It’ll be released in both hardback and softback editions.

Criminal #5 comes to shelves June 5 and due to sellouts, comic shops are getting an overship of 50% more than they ordered at no additional cost. It kicks off a new jumping on point and is a perfect start for new readers.

Criminal #5

Review: Criminal #4

Criminal #4

A breathtaking single-issue story finds Ricky Lawless caught in the grip of violence and double cross after a robbery.

Even the worst issue of Criminal is so far ahead and above so much of what’s out there in comics today. Criminal #4 is the weakest of the issues for this new series released so far but it’s still so beyond entertaining and well written. A standalone issue, it follows Ricky Lawless tweaking from drugs and falling further into a mess he’s created.

Writer Ed Brubaker, artist Sean Phillips, and colorist Jacob Phillips craft an issue that anyone can pick up and enjoy but at the same time ties into the greater tapestry that is, and has, been woven. We see a criminal, a drug user, out of control, and it’s not until much later in the comic that everything truly impacts and comes together.

Instead, the trio of creators focus on the spiraling insanity that comes with a bender including paranoia and more. It’s a story of tragedy on multiple levels and also of someone trying to do good but resulting in nothing but bad.

Like so much they’ve done with other characters, Ricky isn’t completely bad. We’re presented with a somewhat sympathetic character who goes from a junkie to someone trying to do some good. But, that good is actual shit sucking in all who get in to his orbit. Every small detail has another side to it creating a world of gray.

As always, the single issue contains back page art and articles you won’t find in the trades delivering an extra that’s not needed when a story is this quality.

Criminal #4 is a depressing comic in so many ways but it also is gripping an done of the best comics of the week.

Story: Ed Brubaker Art: Sean Phillips Color: Jacob Phillips
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Achilles Inc. #1

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Achilles Inc. #1 (Source Point Press) – Some of the world has gained superpowers and formed a union and upended blue collar jobs and society as a whole. A really interesting concept.

Ascender #1 (Image Comics) – If you read Descender by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen you’ll know why we’re excited for this sequel set ten years after where magic has taken the place of machinery!

Criminal #4 (Image Comics) – We’re big fans of noir but even beyond that, this is one of the best monthly series out there. This standalone is a perfect issue to check out.

Dick Tracy Forever #1 (IDW Publishing) – There’s been some weirdness about getting a Dick Tracy comic to the shelf, but we want to check out this latest take by Michael Avon Oeming.

Grace: Based on Jeff Buckley’s Story (First Second) – A graphic novel biography of the musician that includes archival material provided by his mother.

Heroes in Crisis #8 (DC Comics) – Yes the series is all over the place in quality but we’ve come this far and you better believe we’re hyped for the second to last issue.

Princeless Book 8 Princesses #1 (Action Lab Entertainment) – This series never dissapoints with its spin on the “princess” trope. A new volume is a new opportunity to check it out!

Punk Mambo #1 (Valiant) – Cullen Bunn taking on this characters is more than enough to get us excited to check it out.

The Quick & Easy Guide to Queer & Trans Identities (Oni Press) – For those that don’t know, this is a fantastic guide to help you through to understand it all.

Star Trek: Year Five #1 (IDW Publishing) – A new ongoing series focusing on the fifth year of their mission. This one has been hyped up a lot as far as big things for Star Trek and comics.

Preview: Criminal #4

Criminal #4

(W) Ed Brubaker (A) Jacob Phillips (A/CA) Sean Phillips
In Shops: Apr 24, 2019
SRP: $3.99

A breathtaking single-issue story finds Ricky Lawless caught in the grip of violence and double cross after a robbery.

As always, CRIMINAL contains back page art and articles only found in the single issues.

Criminal #4
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