Criminal #12

Writer: Ed Brubaker Artist: Sean Phillips Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: January 29, 2020 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 6 User Reviews: 14
9.3Critic Rating
9.4User Rating


The death of Teeg Lawless.

The final issue of the CRUEL SUMMER arc.

  • 10
    Major Spoilers - Rob Rasmussen Feb 2, 2020

    The sort of payoff to a series most writers and showrunners would give their mother in law's left arm to achieve, Criminal #12 is a fitting conclusion to an excellent series that has become my standard for all future crime thrillers in comic book form. If you haven't picked up the individual issues, hunt down the collected edition when it comes out. This series is just that good. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Watch - Matt Meyer Feb 5, 2020

    "Cruel Summer" comes to a stark, gut-wrenching conclusion, bringing the current volume ofCriminal to a close and with it, many of the book's over-arching subplots. A master class in sequential storytelling, it's almost a cliche to say about this book at this point that comic's don't get any better than this. Read Full Review

  • 10 - Chase Magnett Jan 29, 2020

    This isn't just Criminal at its best, it's the best that crime stories can offer. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jan 29, 2020

    Sean Phillips plays up the film noir quality of the story with brilliant visuals that perfectly complement the story. The chase sequence is beautifully done and the way the panels are laid out is amazing. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - Alex Curtis Jan 28, 2020

    There are certain elements that I could spin into negatives, like the excessive blocks of narrative text or the fact that Jacob Philips' colors aren't as bold and beautiful as previous issues. But the story, the characters, and the narrative mis en scene hit me so hard, it put me in major meditative, reflective mode to the point where I wonder if these flaws are actually intentional. Overall, I can't wait to go back and reread 'Cruel Summer' now that its finale has erupted to see how the pieces fit together before Brubaker and the Philips' glorious tore it all apart. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Matthew Sibley Jan 31, 2020

    This arc has been a long time coming, and while "Bad Weekend" marks the highpoint of the volume, the great strength of this arc is it still makes you wish it could end any other way, even at the end. But it was always on the road to tragedy. Read Full Review

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