I have recently re-read the crime comic series ‘CRIMINAL’ by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. In fact, I pretty much binge read all six novels in one sitting. I came away feeling an empathy for most of the characters, not all of course – Sebastian Hyde and Riley Richards are, well, monsters. But most of the central players are trapped in a world they didn’t choose to inhabit and from which they are unable to escape. Tracey Lawless in particular emerges as admirable and decent.
As far as modern crime comics are concerned Brubaker and Phillips are certainly the big hitters. Wander into a comic shop on any High Street almost anywhere and I can pretty much guarantee that you’ll find some of their work up on the shelves.
I feel on the same wavelength as these guys. I recognise their influences and get most of the references. They love…
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