“Coward, Part One of Five”
Writer: Ed Brubaker
Artist/Cover artist: Sean Phillips
Colors: Val Staples
Publisher: Marvel Comics/Icon imprint
Price: $2.99 US/$3.75 CAN
Those who have read Ed Brubaker’s foray into the espionage genre (by way of super-heroes and villains, in Sleeper) won’t be surprised at how well he pulls off a journey through an urban underworld in his latest project, Criminal. This is classic Brubaker writing… dark, intense and engaging. Actually, the writing seems so much like what we’ve seen from Brubaker in the past, it borders on the derivative. Fortunately, it’s really good derivative stuff. It may not be rare in the context of Brubaker’s comics CV. And while there are other strong crime comics on the go right now, the genre’s not so prevalent that it doesn’t need another strong member among its ranks.