Comic Review: Criminal #2 (Image Comics)

Criminal 2 from Image takes us off in a new direction from issue 1. It’s not a question of whether that’s a good or bad thing. Just different. And fascinating. […]

Criminal 2 from Image takes us off in a new direction from issue 1. It’s not a question of whether that’s a good or bad thing. Just different. And fascinating.

This time around, we are having a ‘Bad Weekend.’ Jacob gets a phone message to help out an old friend. You see, there’s an artist appearing at ComicFest, and she needs him to ‘babysit’ him. You know, mind him for a few days, while he is in town to accept a Lifetime Achievement Award. Oh Oh! Jacob’s mind flashes back to the days when he was Hal Crane’s assistant. Not good days, those.

And so we are off on another Criminal adventure. This time there’s lots of inside comic industry references. Real names mixed with fictitious ones. Real events mixed in with an appropriate amount of blending to blur the real edges.

Still, it gets real. And as long-time readers of Criminal know, there are some seamy sides to every issue. You’ll love this one. And like a comic that references comics; it’s continued in the next issue!

Ed Brubaker writes, Sean Phillips draws and Jacob Phillips colours this departure. Splendid value for the money, really.

The comic runs 27 pages, and there is a two-page lettercol, plus a two-page short story with extra pages of art.

Image Comics, Criminals #2, $3.99 for 35 pages of content. Mature rating

Alan Spinney

About Alan Spinney

After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!