Comic Review: Criminal #4 (Image Comics)

Criminal #4 from the well-established Image team of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, is a grimy slide into the underworld of desperate and deluded dreams. Down the rabbit hole of […]

Criminal #4 from the well-established Image team of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, is a grimy slide into the underworld of desperate and deluded dreams. Down the rabbit hole of evil and stupid decisions we tumble, further from the light and closer to the flames of hell.

Oh, it’s a great ride, as usual. Ed Brubaker composes characters containing so much venom and hostility. His ear for dialogue and pacing is impeccable. Sean Phillips manages to make things look seamy but well constructed and somehow solid and believable. That’s the tarnished beauty of Criminals; it’s like a car wreck on the highway; we are compelled to acknowledge the downside possibilities of human existence.

In issue 4, (“Orphans”), Ricky Lawless is caught up in the world of violence, misjudgment, and double cross.
The issue also contains a prose story and text. One of the best bargains in today’s comics…

Image, Criminals #4, $3.99 for 36 pages of content, Rated Mature

Alan Spinney

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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!!