Jul 21, 2016

Roundtable: Your Favorite Criminal Volume

What (and why) is your favorite volume of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips' Criminal?

Migs Acabado: Last of the Innocent. It's like a teen movie gone wrong. All those regrets and those what ifs in life all in one great volume. The main character would do anything just to undo the decisions he has made and reclaim his childhood sweetheart. I'm a sucker for regrets and self destruction.

Duy: It's Coward for me. Leo is the best character in the entire franchise. And you guys know me, I'm all about whether or not I care for the characters. It's that simple.

Edrick Tan: The Sinners. I'd have to go with one centered on Tracy Lawless simply because he is the signature/most popular character in the series..and for good reason. From an outstanding introductory volume in Lawless, The Sinners further fleshed out Tracy in a procedural that's the most action-packed and disturbing Criminal volume yet.

Ben Smith: Last of the Innocent is the easy answer because of the way it plays with genre, and I think there's a lot of fans that might not want to admit how much they want a dirty Archie book. But I've always been a sucker for stories told from multiple perspectives, so Dead and the Dying has to get a mention from me. It gets more and more heartbreaking the more you learn about what happened. Plus the comic nerd in me likes the flashback telling the backstory of previously seen characters.

Peter Turingan: It's a tough call for me but in the end, while Leo is also my favorite character, I'm gonna go with Last of the Innocent as my favorite story. Painful, personal and powerful in it's impact, it's a story that's hard to forget. But what a series this was, right? I can't think of a weak volume in the entire run. Sinners was disturbing, Bad Night was scary, Dead and the Dying was brilliant in the way they connected a lot of the stories, et cetera, et cetera. Just an all-around perfect crime series from these masters of the genre.

Christopher Cornejo: Definitely Last of the Innocent. There's a lot of reasons for it, but one that I don't consider is that it's "Archie Gone Wrong," simply because I don't see it that way. I see it more like a JH Williams way of doing stuff you know? Different tone of art depending on the tone the story goes. I like that it pretty much tells a very compelling story on how an all out douchebag can actually be very sympathetic. It's a fascinating work on contrasts, particularly with Riley being haunted by the wonderful nostalgic memories of the past causing him to do all these God-awful things. You'd think that that kind of darkness can stem from a much more malicious motivation.

LaMar Forte: I liked Savage so much (no Randy Poffo included, but hey you can't win them all) that I had to flip a coin. Well, not really, because I read Coward again and I think it's the most well crafted out of all of them even though there's a few I like better. It's the Captain America: The Winter Soldier of the bunch in that regard. What makes me go for a story, equally as much as the character and in some cases even more so, is the execution of the idea the creators intended. And for my money, Coward does that better than the rest of them. End-to-end burner, B.
Travis Hedge Coke: You can't make me pick. And, I'll change my mind if I did.

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