THE GRAPHIC STYLE OF NOIR: ED BRUBAKER’S CRIMINAL

Michael Carlson
9 min readSep 24, 2022

Books discussed in this essay: Criminal: The Last Of The Innocent (2011) Criminal: Wrong Time, Wrong Place (2016) and Criminal: Bad Night (2009) Criminal: Lawless (2010) Criminal: The Sinners (2015)

all by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips

Once upon a time, comic book fans would point to the ways the medium’s story-telling could emulate the movies, even back to the Forties, say Will Eisner’s splash pages; the angles of his drawings’ point of view. In the Fifties there was Bernie Krigstein’s famous sequence set in the…

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Michael Carlson

Yank doing life w/out parole as UK broadcaster & writer. @carlsonsports. Covers arts, books, film, music, politics & uh, sports. Accept no substitutes