Criminal: The Last of the Innocent #1
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Criminal: The Last of the Innocent #1

Writer: Ed Brubaker Artist: Sean Phillips Publisher: Marvel Icon Release Date: June 1, 2011 Cover Price: $3.5 Critic Reviews: 7 User Reviews: 4
9.5Critic Rating
8.9User Rating

The best-selling crime comic finally returns, and with their most ambitious story yet. Obsession, sex, money, murder, and nostalgia for days long past all collide in THE LAST OF THE INNOCENT. Riley Richards got it all The hottest girl in school and a ticket to the big time so why isnt he happy now? Why is he getting involved in gambling and drugs and shady characters in the city? Why cant he forget the life he left behind in small town Brookview? And why is he suddenly plotting murder? And as always, each issue of Criminal contains unique back-up features, articles and artwork, which are only available in the single issues.

  • 10
    Comic Book Resources - Ryan K. Lindsay May 31, 2011

    This book is somewhere between "Daytripper," "Crime Does Not Pay," and the Sunday funnies. You're going to get a helping dose of pulp, but underneath it all are some home truths. This book will entertain as well as make you think. If you don't want to call your own father after reading this issue then you aren't reading it right. And then there's that final panel, a moment that actually made me gasp. I'm really glad it wasn't spoiled in the set up for the series. It's so simple and yet so shocking, and a perfect hook to get you wanting more. You'll love this comic and you'll absolutely hate the wait before you find the next one in your local newsstand. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Jun 3, 2011

    While Brubaker entertains with his deconstruction of the classic Archie characters, what the story is really about is how one lives life. Here, Riley has for an easy life. While he denies it, he's clearly in part drawn to Felix because of her money. He marries for convenience, not for love. It's not to say that he never felt anything for her, but that she represented what he wanted to reject: his small-town life. Riley wanted out of his own past, but now, he wants back in, away from the dark place he inhabits now. The problem is that he's using the ugliness in which he's been immersed as a means to achieve his ends. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics Bulletin - The Comics Bulletin Firing Squad Jun 5, 2011

    Paired with Sean Phillips, whose delicate, vintage style recalls poster art of the '50s, Ed Brubaker has made Criminal one of the best crime series in existence in large part because of the way he and Phillips have played with the genre's own nostalgia. Reconfiguring the clichs and tropes of crime lit's most celebrated era, Brubaker and Phillips have crafted something that's simultaneously reverential and refreshingly different, a series that looks forward and backward at once. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Dean Stell Jun 1, 2011

    A great first issue. Series like Criminal are what the comic industry needs. You could hand this to your dad or your boss and they'd enjoy it because this is proper adult fiction, not something for overgrown fanboys with nostalgia issues (of which I'm one). Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen May 31, 2011

    It's too early to tell how The Last of the Innocent will compare to past Criminal stories, but it is clear this tale has potential to outshine them all. Criminal was sometimes guilty of wearing its influences on its sleeve early on. But with this new series, Brubaker and his team are showing themselves to be highly inventive crime storytellers. The least readers can do is make a point of giving The Last of the Innocent a chance in a week when Flashpoint and Fear Itself threaten to bury everything else on the shelves. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    cxPulp - Andrea Speed Jun 1, 2011

    This is an excellent jumping on point for new readers, so if youve never read a Criminal comic before, why not start here? Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Jun 4, 2011

    Criminal is a series where each arc is its own jumping on point. However, this arc is different than all the rest because you don't have to be a hardcore noir or crime fan to enjoy this read. This book manages to present a different kind of story that should hopefully be more appealing to a wider audience. I enjoyed this book thoroughly and highly recommend it for anyone looking for something a little different than the usual capes and cowls book. Read Full Review

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