Help me buy some Ed Brubaker.

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And some of the essays in back on noir etc. are actually pretty great (like the one on Touch of Evil)!

Jordan, Monday, 2 July 2007 16:01 (twelve years ago) link

I think this is very much one where you want the issues rather than the collection; the latter seems not to have the essays or the ads for luridly covered hard-boiled novels like mama used to make.

The Real Dirty Vicar, Monday, 2 July 2007 20:56 (twelve years ago) link

one year passes...

is anyone reading Incognito? seems pretty decent so far, basically criminal + pulpy superhero stuff.

Ømår Littel (Jordan), Tuesday, 31 March 2009 20:32 (ten years ago) link

Yup. I expect a big twist next issue.

Zero Transfats Waller (Oilyrags), Tuesday, 31 March 2009 20:35 (ten years ago) link

CRIMINAL is usually quite good. I thought #4 was going to be the best of them, but I wasn't wild about how it all came together in the end. So, book 2 is still out in the lead.

Matt M., Tuesday, 31 March 2009 20:56 (ten years ago) link

I'm enjoying Incognito, though Mrs The Real Dirty Vicar has pointed out that the lady character is the same lady character that appears in everything Brubaker writes.

The Real Dirty Vicar, Tuesday, 31 March 2009 22:27 (ten years ago) link

three months pass...

I'm still enjoying Incognito.

The Real Dirty Vicar, Friday, 17 July 2009 12:36 (ten years ago) link

Yeah, the last Criminal arc felt a little... rehashed, and he seems back to full speed here. Also: flying cars!

Re: his "lady characters," I still think Catwoman is the best thing he's done: it has a sweet, playful edge -- almost Jaime Hernandez-like -- that I haven't seen in much of his other work.

I think he struggles to keep things interesting in the long-term, too: Captain America, Daredevil, Criminal -- all started strong, and kinda tailed off, or at least get carried by the art.

Chuck_Tatum, Friday, 17 July 2009 15:54 (ten years ago) link

Mmm, I actually liked the last Criminal arc, for all the generic Brubaker lady action. But I take the point.

The Real Dirty Vicar, Monday, 20 July 2009 13:54 (ten years ago) link

With Catwoman, now that you mention it, it maybe seemed Hernandez-esque by having an artist whose work looked a bit Hernandezy.

The Real Dirty Vicar, Monday, 20 July 2009 13:55 (ten years ago) link

I've been liking Incognito as well.
Is Criminal no longer a going concern?

ian, Monday, 20 July 2009 17:06 (ten years ago) link

Is Criminal no longer a going concern?

New mini's coming out in September, I think.

R Baez, Monday, 20 July 2009 17:15 (ten years ago) link

I bet as long as sales are strong those two guys are just gonna go from one project to another. Whether it's called Sleeper or Criminal or Incognito or whatever I'll keep buying for the forseeable future.

For other uses, see Cornhole (disambiguation). (Oilyrags), Monday, 20 July 2009 18:05 (ten years ago) link

I remember buying Sleeper #1 and thinking it was only so so. But I bet if I were to go back and read it then I would love it.

The Real Dirty Vicar, Tuesday, 21 July 2009 14:52 (ten years ago) link

one year passes...

Brubaker's intro to Scalped Vol. 4 is one of the most infuriatingly wrong-headed things I've ever read. Are his Noir Essays at the back of Criminal as awful as this? "depiction of this once-proud people staggering toward their inevitable demise feels very real to me" ARE YOU SERIOUS?

Well, because whatever happened changed him. (Dr. Superman), Monday, 13 September 2010 16:25 (nine years ago) link

I think the noir essays in Criminal are usually by some pal of Brubaker, not him himself.

The New Dirty Vicar, Monday, 13 September 2010 17:04 (nine years ago) link

I actually don't read the essays, as I prefer the comics so much more. (Same usually goes with forewords/afterwords, et al.)

CRIMINAL v.5 was solid, but then I also think that Tracy Lawless is one of the best characters he's come up with. INCOGNITO's first two or three issues were great and then it made an abrupt turn that I couldn't endorse, but the art and colors were still very very pretty.

CATWOMAN is great until Cameron Stewart leaves, though really it reaches a high point with #19 or so. The Gulacy issues made me politely set the book down and walk away.

Matt M., Tuesday, 14 September 2010 15:36 (nine years ago) link

Brubaker usually writes some sort of carefully modest/egregiously self-aggrandizing end note at the end of every issue of his self-published books. Typical comics writer prose.

Come to think of it, graphic novel introductions seem to bring out the bad writer in everyone who's ever produced one (see especially anything published by DC/Vertigo). I usually ignore/skim intros, but I imagine they somewhat reinforce comics' geeky image to a non-comics reader.

Chuck_Tatum, Tuesday, 14 September 2010 15:53 (nine years ago) link

(Having said that, David Lloyd's gloomy Gus intro to V for Vendetta is kind of hilarious.)

Chuck_Tatum, Tuesday, 14 September 2010 15:55 (nine years ago) link

(I hope it's an explanation why he hasn't called Alan Moore to thank him for the movie money)

Well, because whatever happened changed him. (Dr. Superman), Tuesday, 14 September 2010 21:36 (nine years ago) link

Ha!

... (James Morrison), Wednesday, 15 September 2010 00:27 (nine years ago) link

eight years pass...

miles teller AND billy baldwin u say

michael keaton IS jim thirlwell IN ‘foetaljuice’ (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 15 May 2019 16:14 (nine months ago) link

go ed!

valet doberman (Jon not Jon), Wednesday, 15 May 2019 16:25 (nine months ago) link

heard an interview with the Brube a few months ago, and each episode of this is 90 minutes long

blokes you can't rust (sic), Wednesday, 15 May 2019 21:32 (nine months ago) link

Bru's episode in the first season of Westworld S1 was one of the two really good ones I thought.

earlnash, Monday, 20 May 2019 00:02 (nine months ago) link


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