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