Sunday, June 5, 2011
Pulp-Style Goodness--Criminal: The Last Of The Innocent #1
Ed Brubaker and Sean Philips bring us more of their pulp-styled crime-comic, Criminal, and boy is it as fun as always. This time however, there is a great twist in that some bits are illustrated like old Archie comics from the actual old era--so we get a weird mish-mash of new and modern noir with old and cartoony Yeah, this is always a great series.
Basically, our protagonist, Riley, has a life that sucks. Dad dying of cancer, Father-in-law that hates him with the wife he married to get stuck with that Father not being much nicer, and he owes money to some bad people. Things seemed so much simpler in the past--which we get glimpses of illustrated in the charming cute-style--and before the issue is over Riley has hatched a plan that may just fix everything and bring back some of that joy from that more innocent era, but boy will the future issues be interesting in seeing him try to conduct this plan. Sean Philips turns in amazing art, be it the normal present-day stuff I always know and love in the Criminal books, or the weird flash-back comic-y style stuff which just steals the show. Brubaker and Philips just seem to be the best of collaborators, always knowing how to work with one another to produce the best possible product possible.
4.5 out of 5 stars.