Criminal (2019-) #1
THE RETURN OF THE MOST ACCLAIMED CRIME COMIC OF THE 21ST CENTURY! Hot off their bestselling series KILL OR BE KILLED and their original graphic novel MY HEROES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN JUNKIES, crime comic masters ED BRUBAKER and SEAN PHILLIPS finally return to their most-demanded title -- as a new MONTHLY SERIES! In this double-sized (at no additional cost!) debut issue, Teeg Lawless is back in town. But he finds himself in more trouble than ever, thanks to his delinquent teenage son -- and this time, fists and bullets may not be enough to solve his problems. A perfect introduction to CRIMINAL and its dark, exciting world, this series will also include back page art and articles to bring readers more fully into the noir experience.

Criminal (2019-) #1 Details

TitleCriminal (2019-) #1
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 9th, 2019
PublisherImage
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GenreSequential Art, Comics, Mystery, Crime, Graphic Novels, Graphic Novels Comics

Criminal (2019-) #1 Review

  • Sam Quixote
    January 1, 1970
    Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips recently completed their five year exclusive deal with Image and - tremendous news for everyone - they’ve re-upped for another five! And what better way to start their second five years at Image than with a new arc of their signature series, Criminal, featuring their recurring character, Teeg Lawless! Teeg’s son Ricky rips off an old wrestler for his pop’s bail money - not realising who the man is or what he’s stolen. Now, to pay for this transgression, Teeg has to Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips recently completed their five year exclusive deal with Image and - tremendous news for everyone - they’ve re-upped for another five! And what better way to start their second five years at Image than with a new arc of their signature series, Criminal, featuring their recurring character, Teeg Lawless! Teeg’s son Ricky rips off an old wrestler for his pop’s bail money - not realising who the man is or what he’s stolen. Now, to pay for this transgression, Teeg has to raise $25k in two weeks or his son’s dead. But for a perpetually broke lowlife like Teeg, where’s he gonna get that kinda cash so quick? Criminal #1 is about as flawless a comic as you can get. I can’t poke holes in the writing or the art. The characters are brilliant, the story is great fun and the mini-stories about the characters’ dark pasts are exciting and compelling. It’s Brubaker/Phillips at their finest, producing crime comics of the highest calibre, and showing why they’re not just one of the best creative teams working in comics today but one of the best of all time. Their first five years at Image produced The Fade Out, Kill or Be Killed and Criminal Volume 7; if this issue is anything to go by, we’ve got even more amazing stuff to come in the following years - and I can’t wait! Brubaker and Phillips absolutely kill it in this very welcome return. Criminal #1 is a must-read for fans of this genre and creative team.
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  • David Schaafsma
    January 1, 1970
    “Teeg wanted to dig him up and kill him again. . . and yet he still missed the bastard.”Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips make their triumphant return to the world of their much celebrated Criminal series in 2019 with a double first issue; as soon as I saw (from Sam) that it was out, I dropped everything and read it. The original series, which they began writing together in 1999, was complete in 6 volumes, through there was two tenth anniversary issues that became volume 7, and the recent graphic no “Teeg wanted to dig him up and kill him again. . . and yet he still missed the bastard.”Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips make their triumphant return to the world of their much celebrated Criminal series in 2019 with a double first issue; as soon as I saw (from Sam) that it was out, I dropped everything and read it. The original series, which they began writing together in 1999, was complete in 6 volumes, through there was two tenth anniversary issues that became volume 7, and the recent graphic novel My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies also comes out of this world, so let’s call that volume 8, (with a promise for more). This double-sized issue (2019 #1) features the return/continuation of the Teeg Lawless story, and it is from the get-go layered (especially in terms of time) and gripping. In 1988 Teeg’s son Ricky (we saw him in volume 7 already in elementary school on the road, sometimes even driving for his Dad on heists), is breaking in to a house to try and steal a diamond necklace. The old guy wakes up, confused, obviously suffering from some dementia, but at Teeg’s request tells the story of the necklace and how he got it. Grandpa Sal, known as Mack the Monster to his pro wrestling fans, had been in Japan on the pro wrestling circuit, and decided to knock of a jewelry store. Then: The Biggest jewel heist in Japanese history?Teenaged Ricky Lawless and Leo Patterson steal the remaining feature of that heist from Mack the Monster, and they use some of that cash to get Teeg Lawless out of jail. Oops. They need to fix this, and fast. It’s now gonna take $25K to make things right. They need money. How are they gonna find that much money?!And that’s just the beginning. You in? Me, too.P.S.: Whaddya man you never heard of Criminal? Okay, okay, I'll forgive ya, but go get the first volume. When you are done with all of it, you will already have had a good reading year.
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  • Dave
    January 1, 1970
    First taste of Brubaker and Phillips' legendary graphic novel franchise Criminal and it certainly lives up to its hype. Readable, dark, with a plot simple enough for even us simpletons to follow.
  • Stacy
    January 1, 1970
    I fall into the category of newer fan to this franchise. I read Kill or Be Killed and some of the Criminal before in pieces, but I'm certain I have to commit now. Especially for Brubaker's ability to weave history into the present, with nostalgia of better times holding hands with the harsh reality our protagonists are stuck in. Phillips' art style serves that faithfully and it somehow humanizes these characters, even as they do awful things. It's weird to root for someone trying to break the la I fall into the category of newer fan to this franchise. I read Kill or Be Killed and some of the Criminal before in pieces, but I'm certain I have to commit now. Especially for Brubaker's ability to weave history into the present, with nostalgia of better times holding hands with the harsh reality our protagonists are stuck in. Phillips' art style serves that faithfully and it somehow humanizes these characters, even as they do awful things. It's weird to root for someone trying to break the law.For a first issue, I feel this goes above and beyond in its task of setting up a story (seriously, how is this family getting out of this mess?) and giving us several scenes that are masterful all on their own, and delivering extra content. The whole package is just a steal (pun intended). 43/50
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  • Roy
    January 1, 1970
    Its back and its so good!!! Teegs story or more of it. Brubaker/Phillips fanboy so could be biased :)
  • Jay
    January 1, 1970
    So good. SO good. So happy it's back. Phillips and Brubaker's Criminal is still the standard for crime noir comics.
  • Anthony
    January 1, 1970
    And WE’RE BACK. Brilliant. I love how Brubakers comics almost feel like novels at times with visuals from Phillips.
  • Al Young
    January 1, 1970
    (And still no capes yet in 2019...)I suspect everyone who knows Ed Brubaker knows. Still, I doubt people on the street know him. I doubt people on the street know Bendis, so Brubaker is even more obscure. But, all the cliches are true- "it reads like a movie", "this why adult should read comics" etc.I have not followed "Criminals" and I feel I have missed about as much recent Brubaker as I have read. In any case, I guess I haven't quite followed "Criminals" releases which have been collected as (And still no capes yet in 2019...)I suspect everyone who knows Ed Brubaker knows. Still, I doubt people on the street know him. I doubt people on the street know Bendis, so Brubaker is even more obscure. But, all the cliches are true- "it reads like a movie", "this why adult should read comics" etc.I have not followed "Criminals" and I feel I have missed about as much recent Brubaker as I have read. In any case, I guess I haven't quite followed "Criminals" releases which have been collected as trades (Maybe they weren't single issues in the first place); but it's being launched as a monthly, so I am not going to miss out.Sean Phillips is a perfect artist to match Brubaker. It's of the highest caliber (and the colors are equally fantastic). So what can I say? There's a lot of twists and turns. When you think you know where the story is headed, things change (in a good way). The characters and scenes feel like a movie. They're likely to stay with the reader for awhile. The plot is a solid hook.Heck, let's even get at the size of the books for $4. The fantastic cover. How about an appreciation for the Coens "Blood Simple".?Not that I don't love them, but it's not exaggerated like Frank Miller, or played for jokes like Bendis. It feels real, and yet, it's as gritty as what you might expect from a Dennis Lehane or a James Ellroy. In any case, if you are not into comics (or rarely buy comics), let this serve as notice to check out Brubaker, if you like any of the above.
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  • Maksym Karpovets
    January 1, 1970
    Я не читав попередні арки, але вирішив однаково почати продовження/перезапуск серії. Звісно, для повноти відчуттів краще із першими томами ознайомитись, але й без них історія блискуча. Словом, нащадок нашого героя втрапляє у серйозну халепу: поліз руками туди, куди не варто. Тепер треба все це розгрібати. Мені подобається як подана динаміка стосунків між батьком і сином (доволі специфічна динаміка, мушу визнати, але тут свої закони й правила), а також як передано кримінальний світ сучасного міст Я не читав попередні арки, але вирішив однаково почати продовження/перезапуск серії. Звісно, для повноти відчуттів краще із першими томами ознайомитись, але й без них історія блискуча. Словом, нащадок нашого героя втрапляє у серйозну халепу: поліз руками туди, куди не варто. Тепер треба все це розгрібати. Мені подобається як подана динаміка стосунків між батьком і сином (доволі специфічна динаміка, мушу визнати, але тут свої закони й правила), а також як передано кримінальний світ сучасного місті (ну це ж кримінал, зрештою). Проте ще досі важко заходить фарба Філіпса молодшого. Відсутність контрастів, гри світла й тіні (що було у попередніх серіях) дещо розмиває враження. Точніше, зі світлом він працює дуже цікаво, але це така імпресіоністична, дещо не акуратна робота, до якоі я ще не звикнув. Це вже було відчутне у My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies, але загальний антураж психоделічного бекграунду знімав зайві сумніви. Тому мені хочеться реалізму не тільки в історії та контурах, але й у фарбі. Попри це, загальне враження і відчуття на рівні повного естетичного тремтіння і завмирання. Тому ось вже зараз берусь за другий випуск.
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  • Iain Robinson
    January 1, 1970
    Hot damn! This is so good. I liked the cover art which dragged me away from anything else I might have wanted to look at. I sampled the story and oh heck...I couldn't put it down. It's exactly my cup of tea. I enjoyed Gotham Central ...this just takes things a little bit more down the noir detective road and to my mind is a good thing. Brubaker's writing is just right...hard boiled, realistic and full of punch, both real and metaphorical. The art by Sean Phillips is equal to the words, man his c Hot damn! This is so good. I liked the cover art which dragged me away from anything else I might have wanted to look at. I sampled the story and oh heck...I couldn't put it down. It's exactly my cup of tea. I enjoyed Gotham Central ...this just takes things a little bit more down the noir detective road and to my mind is a good thing. Brubaker's writing is just right...hard boiled, realistic and full of punch, both real and metaphorical. The art by Sean Phillips is equal to the words, man his colours are just so good. I don't think it could have worked better any other way. So, if you like crime writing and you like really fine illustration, this is one series you must check out. I give it 5 stars unreservedly.
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  • Tobias Asplund
    January 1, 1970
    Fan vad bra det där var! Måste köpa på mig alla gamla Criminal nu också.
  • Zane Hoffmann
    January 1, 1970
    I'm happy to report that the boys are back!
  • Danijel Jedriško
    January 1, 1970
    Return of the king... Criminal is one of my favorite comics, I enjoyed loosely connected Lawless saga in the past issues, but here it really gets interesting. "Criminal" is set to tell the longer tale, Teeg is once again the main protagonist and I can't help but wonder how it will all turn out. Thankfully, Brubaker/Phillips duo still knows how to do it right.
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  • Jesse
    January 1, 1970
    A great start to a new criminal ongoing. Brings us right back into the world and it's characters. Wonderful art, as always. The colors were good, if a bit distracting at times. I'm so glad this is back!
  • Matt
    January 1, 1970
    Loved every page!
  • Sean Kottke
    January 1, 1970
    Welcome back! Great start to the new monthly incarnation of the Criminal saga, with terrific back matter on the where it's been so far and an appreciation of "Blood Simple."
  • Aron
    January 1, 1970
    Awesome.
  • Ctgt
    January 1, 1970
    9/10
  • Tony Stark
    January 1, 1970
    Loved every page of this, buzzing for issue 2!!
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