That's a fair enough point, but I think Miller's Sin City stuff is
unappealing. I've been tempted to pick up single issues of Criminal
for the essays, but once you get locked into collecting something
you're stuck. I'd rather have the whole story in front of me when I
sit down to read, which is why I opt for the trades. Maybe Marvel
will get smart and publish the essays somewhere.
On Wed, Dec 10, 2008 at 9:56 AM, caroli1975 <email@example.com> wrote:
> --- 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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