--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Nathan Cain" <IndieCrime@...>
> I don't read a lot of comics, but I buy every Criminal trade paperback
> as soon as it hits the stores. Very good stuff. Very complicated
> stuff, especially for a comic book. Brubaker is the anti-Frank Miller.
> His stuff is realistic and has emotional resonance. Of course it's
> Miller who Hollywood fell in love with. Go figure.
Without rendering an opinion on Miller, remember that he's been working
in comics for several decades and only hit Hollywood big in the last 5
years or so. Brubaker's a fairly young guy, and relatively new to
comics -- and a lot of the writing that made his reputation within the
genre is tied to characters owned by DC or Marvel comics; he can't go
and pitch a movie to a studio based on his Batman or Captain America
books, though "The Dark Knight" was clearly influenced by his work (and
any Captain America movie they make surely will too). So comparing his
career arc to Miller's is a little bit apples & oranges; Criminal is
the first major project based on characters he owned, so give it time.
His "Sleeper" series was recently optioned for a lot of money, and
would have been sooner if it wasn't tied to other people's characters.
And I just want to reiterate that as good as the Criminal TPB's are,
it's worth braving a comics specialty shop, if you must, for the single
issues, because there are fun and enlightening essays about noir topics
in the back of each one.
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