Criminal (2019-) #3
“THE LONGEST WEEKEND,” Part Two Jacob’s weekend taking care of his old mentor takes a turn for the worse. As always, CRIMINAL contains back page art and articles only found in the single issues.

Criminal (2019-) #3 Details

TitleCriminal (2019-) #3
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ReleaseMar 20th, 2019
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GenreSequential Art, Comics, Mystery, Crime, Noir, Graphic Novels, Graphic Novels Comics, Fiction, Literature, American

Criminal (2019-) #3 Review

  • Sam Quixote
    January 1, 1970
    Rather than start a new storyline like he’s done in the last two issues, Ed Brubaker concludes the second issue’s Bad Weekend story in Criminal #3 - which also unexpectedly ties into the first issue as well! Jake decides to help his former mentor, embittered old cartoonist Hal Crane, regain some of his art from a collector with the assistance of roguish scumbag Ricky Lawless - but what will they find hidden away in the safe? Like the last issue, my only real critique is that the material is a bi Rather than start a new storyline like he’s done in the last two issues, Ed Brubaker concludes the second issue’s Bad Weekend story in Criminal #3 - which also unexpectedly ties into the first issue as well! Jake decides to help his former mentor, embittered old cartoonist Hal Crane, regain some of his art from a collector with the assistance of roguish scumbag Ricky Lawless - but what will they find hidden away in the safe? Like the last issue, my only real critique is that the material is a bit too inside baseball and I’m overly familiar with the crummy old comics world and its abundance of sad stories to really get swept up with anything here. That and the ending is a bit unsatisfying. Otherwise, it’s another quality comic in this impressive new run. I liked how Brubaker unexpectedly tied Ricky Lawless into it, I thought the break-in went unpredictably and entertainingly and I also liked the anecdote on Robert Seymour, a real-life Victorian cartoonist who committed suicide after working with a young, then-unknown writer called Charles Dickens - I had no idea the lighthearted Pickwick Papers had such a dark background! Great writing, storytelling and art from Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, one of the most dependable creative teams in the business - Criminal #3 is yet another top notch comic!
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  • David Schaafsma
    January 1, 1970
    Ooh, Ed Brubaker is a master storyteller. We are in issue #3 of the 2019 run of Criminal. We start in issue # I with one story, we do a different storyline in issue #2, and then continue it now in issues #3, Bad Weekend Part Two, but rather than get us right into the action, we begin instead with a meta-reflection: “I feel like I’m not giving you a fair picture of Hal Crane.” This is an hilarious way to begin the issue, since ALL we have heard in issue #2 is what a complete scumbag aging cartoon Ooh, Ed Brubaker is a master storyteller. We are in issue #3 of the 2019 run of Criminal. We start in issue # I with one story, we do a different storyline in issue #2, and then continue it now in issues #3, Bad Weekend Part Two, but rather than get us right into the action, we begin instead with a meta-reflection: “I feel like I’m not giving you a fair picture of Hal Crane.” This is an hilarious way to begin the issue, since ALL we have heard in issue #2 is what a complete scumbag aging cartoonist Hal Crane is, and we are completely convinced of this fact: Terrible with younger comics folks he is supposedly mentoring, terrible with women, corrupt, all about drunken bad behavior. But we have to hear something good about Hal from Jake, one of his abused mentees, to justify Jake’s continuing to help Hal. There had to be something, a favorite moment about Hal, and there is. Jake decides to help Crane get some of his art back from a collector with the help of another scumbag former high school buddy, Ricky Lawless. We who know the world of Criminal are very familiar with the lawless Lawless family. So there’s a break-in. And Hal, drunk, afterwards actually goes to a comics awards ceremony. So this issue is in part comics nostalgia with a little intrigue in it. Lots of little veiled references to comics history for those of us who care about the insider stuff, but you don’t have to know all of it to enjoy the story.Given Brubaker’s wide-ranging connections to literature and film, it maybe is not surprising that he has Hal tell a story in a bar about an actual cartoonist who worked with Charles Dickens. . . and was driven to commit suicide. I never knew!No huge revelations here, but I can’t wait to read the next issue. The best comics around.Oh, and Jake was featured, for Criminal fans, in Bad Night, Volume 4 of the original run, and it is one of my absolute favorite Brubaker-Phillips productions. I review it here:https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
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  • RG
    January 1, 1970
    A good conclusion to this two part story. Brubaker/Phillips create amazing storys.
  • David Pain
    January 1, 1970
    Superb conclusion to issue 2. All about an old comic book artist. I love the single issue format of comics - with the ability to open them flat, the letters page and extra background info (but they are inconvenient to store or resell when you've finished...).This one and the last are very self referential regarding the comics industry but if you're at all interested in the inside details that won't bother you.I've have the rest of this run on the shelf (with the last two issues arriving any day) Superb conclusion to issue 2. All about an old comic book artist. I love the single issue format of comics - with the ability to open them flat, the letters page and extra background info (but they are inconvenient to store or resell when you've finished...).This one and the last are very self referential regarding the comics industry but if you're at all interested in the inside details that won't bother you.I've have the rest of this run on the shelf (with the last two issues arriving any day). Happy times.
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  • Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
    January 1, 1970
    Wonderful kicker of what really happened to the "missing" artwork! PS, I'm HATING this movie reviews in the back. HATING THIS. I've taken many writing and film courses and these are horrid, no structure and full of spoilers. I like the IDEA of introducing readers to other classics in the Noir genre, this isn't the way.
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  • Sean Kottke
    January 1, 1970
    This new incarnation of "Criminal" knocks it out of the park with each issue. This concludes the Bad Weekend story arc from issue #2, with all manner of call-backs and thoughtful exploration of both the comics industry and the impact of comics in readers.
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  • Carol Tilley
    January 1, 1970
    This two-parter was a bittersweet ode to pre-modern comics.
  • Jesse
    January 1, 1970
    Not as satisfying as the first half of this two parter. But still good. Good art, good story. Jacob philips' coloring is good, there's a scene with police cruiser lighting that really stuns.
  • James
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars.
  • Aron
    January 1, 1970
    I've always really liked Criminal, but this new run is on another level. The last 3 issues of this new run have been the best there is. Excellent.
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