Criminal #1

Writer: Ed Brubaker Artist: Sean Phillips, Jacob Phillips Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: January 9, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 22 User Reviews: 23
8.9Critic Rating
9.0User Rating

SERIES PREMIERE! THE RETURN OF THE MOST ACCLAIMED CRIME COMIC OF THE 21ST CENTURY! Hot off their bestselling series KILL OR BE KILLED and their original graphic novel MY HEROES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN JUNKIES, crime comic masters ED BRUBAKER and SEAN PHILLIPS finally return to their most-demanded title-as a new MONTHLY SERIES!

In this double-sized (at no additional cost!) debut issue, Teeg Lawless is back in town. But he finds himself in more trouble than ever, thanks to his delinquent teenage son-and this time, fists and bullets may not be enough to solve his problems.

A perfect introduction to CRIMINAL and its dark, exciting worl more

  • 10 - Russ Burlingame Jan 9, 2019

    Phillips's art is phenomenal, with some of the best faces and storytelling in the business, while Brubaker provides the same sharp, heartbreaking dialogue you have come to expect. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Impulse Gamer - Dana Folkard Jan 9, 2019

    Overall, I have to say that I loved this first issue. For a complete CRIMINAL newb, I found the story easy to follow and in no way daunting to delve into. Im totally jumping on board with this series and keen to see what the next issue will bring. Now time for me to go back and begin reading the previous books. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Manny Gomez Jan 8, 2019

    It's simple, don't sleep on this book. A new Criminal book has always been well worth the wait, and now we are getting one monthly. Just pull the fucking trigger and buy this book. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jan 9, 2019

    Is the comic good? It's beyond good, it's great. Criminal #1 shows that Brubaker and Phillips is a team of creators that are some of the best in the comics business. Criminal #1 is one of the strongest debuts in quite a while and a very welcomed return. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Geekery Magazine - Lucas Fashina Jan 9, 2019

    I'm just going to spell this out and make it really simple, reading Criminal #1 is a really good way to start out the New Year and one of the best books that I have read all year. The ending is heartfelt and in synch with current events, Teeg is one of the best characters in recent memory, and the art is stellar. I could easily see this being adapted. Pick up this book. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicsverse - Ronnie Gorham Jan 9, 2019

    Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips bring back their classic graphic novel CRIMINAL in a new monthly series of the same name, CRIMINAL #1. The first issue shows the length of which a father will go to protect his son. Read Full Review

  • 9.9
    Comic Watch - John Jack Jan 14, 2019

    If you didn't buy this book I'm sorry, you failed at NCBD 1/9/19. Fix your deficiency immediately or be ridiculed for all time by your more well read, better looking friends. But all you will receive from me is pity for the disservice you've done yourself. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comics Bookcase - Zack Quaintance Jan 9, 2019

    Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips Criminal #1 is a perfect continuation of a crime series that ranks as a modern classic. If you enjoy crime fiction, in any format, this one is an absolute must read. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jan 9, 2019

    Sean Phillips' art is complementary to the tone and style of this story. It has a stark, detailed style that shows the characters as rough people in a rough world. Great art throughout. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Multiversity Comics - Rowan Grover Jan 10, 2019

    "Criminal" #1 lives up to the lofty expectations of its predecessors, bringing back the high-tension stories, masterfully controlled art and candy-tinged coloring in a new monthly serialized format. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Big Comic Page - Mark Scott Jan 8, 2019

    It takes something really special for the same creative team to produce such a consistently incredible body of work on the same title for almost fifteen years but that is exactly what Brubaker & Phillips have done and they show absolutely no sign of slowing down. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Brian Renninger Jan 9, 2019

    Not much more to say other than enjoy. This looks to be a start to another memorable tale of reckless aggression and betrayal and I absolutely cannot wait. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Outright Geekery - William Pace Jan 10, 2019

    This book is guaranteed to have you coming back for more month after month. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Bounding Into Comics - Ed Brown Jan 8, 2019

    Priced at $3.99 for close to 40 pages of story, plus eight bonus pages of backstory and exposition by Brubaker in the back, Criminal #1 is a strong start to what I hope will be a great new entry in the Criminal mythos, and definitely worth buying. I'm very optimistic about whatever Brubaker and Phillips have planned for their next foray into one of the best crime comic series of the 21st century. I expect big things. If I know those two, they won't let me down. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - Alex Curtis Jan 8, 2019

    Is it good? It's great! The iconic duo shows no signs of slowing down or reducing quality as they build on their Criminal universe, which worked wonders for a newbie like me. I can only imagine how thrilling this is for preexisting fans. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Sequential Planet - Chelsea Weaver Smith Jan 9, 2019

    The Brubaker-Phillips team is back once again in Center City to visit Teeg Lawless. The year is 1988, and Teeg must quickly pay back a debt accrued by his son Ricky in an ever-too-familiar cycle of crime. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bleeding Cool - James Hepplewhite Jan 9, 2019

    If, like me, youre an old hand, its more of what weve come to love Criminal for. If youre new, the team made this for you. Give it a try. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Robert Mammone Jan 9, 2019

    2019 starts with a bang with Criminal #1. This is old, familiar ground for Brubaker and Phillips, but none of it feels tired or hackneyed. There's a tired humanity to Teeg that leaps off the page " even though he's badly beaten his son, he still heads out to earn the money that will stop the mob killing the boy. The art is strong, bringing to life the sour reality of a life of crime. Phillips' front cover is a highlight, and tells the reader exactly what to expect inside the book; a man with desperation etched onto his face and blood on his hands, bracing himself to fight whoever comes next. Criminal #1 is the opening issue of what will become a monthly must buy. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    On Comics Ground - David Nolasco Jan 14, 2019

    Teeg Lawless has hit rock bottom, or so he thinks because through unfortunate life choices Teeg embarks on a journey of self discovery and bitter truths. Most importantly he must survive one last score. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Jan 16, 2019

    The comic is packed with story, including the old man's story and Teeg's flashbacks which help fill in some backstory and context for the events which are currently unfolding. There's more than a whiff of desperation hovering over Teeg as the comic unfolds, as even the small comfort he takes in the arms of his former friend's girl fails to satisfy (as eventually he ends up battered, bruised, ticked off, and pissing on his old friend's grave). Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Brazen Bull - Dave Robbins Jan 8, 2019

    We're not looking for heroes here, only survivors, and the return to Criminal presents an intriguing caper and mysterious backstory that promises not to hold back. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Jan 10, 2019

    A shaky start, but your comics shelf will be a much better place - not to mention much grittier - now that Criminal is back. Read Full Review

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