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Comic-Con Put Me in a Dark Place

So I attended Comic-Con this past weekend. I saw the most overweight cosplay enthusiast dressed as Joker I’m likely to find. I felt bludgeoned by video game marketing. Saw some breasts. It was a roller-coaster, but in the final summation: there are worse ways to spend a weekend. So why did I leave in such a dark mood? Because I picked up Ed Brubaker’s Criminal trades.

It takes a lot to get me to read crime books or noir stories. Like a gun pressed to the side of my head. 99% of the time I’d prefer to read the packaging copy on deodorant. But Brubaker didn’t do me wrong with his Daredevil work and I needed something grounded in reality after being inundated by stormtroopers for two days.

My review: Shit was good. Really good. Pick it up. Here’s an auction for all four trades at a (currently) bargain basement price. Grab it.

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Ripped From the Headlines

Though it says right in the title that this is “real” I’m still not convinced. I mean, for starters, how is that guy with the pickaxe supposed to get the room to swing that thing in such a confined space? I’m not sure this is 100% real after all.

Crime comics are back. A long-dead genre is getting a little shine due to some top-notch writers getting their starts there. But before Marvel went through the crime comic solicitation page in Previews and hired every writer available, there was this crap. Way before noir became cool again, this stuff was mouldering in piles at used book stores and grandpaps’ basements.

What always strikes me about this material If superhero comics require a suspension of disbelief, crime comics require a lobotomy. This material is fantasy in its own right because the characters behave in such an unnatural way. Whatever blows your fedora off I guess.

I like that the one cop is brandishing two handguns. Hard.

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