As 2017 begins to unfold, Nothing But Comics draws its coverage of 2016 to an end with my list of Best Single Issues. All entries are listed alphabetically by title.
The creative teams of Superior Foes of Spiderman & The Massive will have their previously announced Image series debut in April of 2016 with Nick Spencer & Steve Lieber’s The Fix along with Brian Wood & Garry Brown’s Black Road. In addition, Image will be releasing another Criminal One Shot, a new installment of Hawaiian Dick & a reprint of Ryan Ottley’s Grizzly Shark. More details at CBR
Feel the rhythm, feel the rhyme, get on up, it’s comic book time…COOL RUNNINGS. In this segment I will be examining various runs by our favourite creators. I will begin with the rich run of stories coming from Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. There is a lot to this catalogue and therefore will span multiple weeks. This week we talk Criminal Deluxe Edition Volume 2. Warning: Cool Runnings may contain spoilers and in this instance most certainly will.
Feel the rhythm, feel the rhyme, get on up, it’s comic book time…COOL RUNNINGS. In this segment I will be examining various runs by our favourite creators. I will begin with the rich run of stories coming from Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. There is a lot to this catalogue and therefore will span multiple weeks. This week we talk Criminal Deluxe Edition Volume 1. Warning: Cool Runnings may contain spoilers.
Nothing But Comics is about to hit our two year mark and in observance of the site’s anniversary, every Tuesday from now until we finish, one of our staff members will list off their favorite series, runs or issues of all time. This week it’s Tyler
By Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips & Elizabeth Breitweiser
Taking a break between projects, Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips return to their acclaimed Criminal series with a 10th Anniversary one-shot. Similar to last year’s excellent Criminal Special, this one centers on the reoccurring Teeg character. The difference this time, though is that the story is told from the perspective of his son, Tracy. This sensibility add a new flavor to the familiar ambiance of gritty, low-level nefarious undertakings. Noir is a genre which can easily slip into cliché, yet, Brubaker’s ability to populate his tales with compelling personalities prevents the material from ever growing stale. Instead, he and his artistic collaborators produce another engrossing comic.
By Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips
Here’s where I make a confession: despite all my love for the work of Ed Brubaker (both with and without Sean Phillips) I have never spent much time with their Criminal series. Several years ago, I did read a random issue. It wasn’t bad, yet, at the same time, it did not compel me to explore any further. Given how much I enjoyed their other collaborations (from Incognito to Fatale to the current Fade Out) this struck me as odd. I filed the title away as something that I should give another chance someday. And that’s how the situation remained. I would see the ads for Criminal trades in the back pages of their other books, and say “someday.” Well, that someday finally arrived today. This week Image released a Criminal one shot which proved an excellent glimpse down Brubaker and Phillips’ sequential mean streets.
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