Wednesday, February 5, 2014

ALL STAR LEGENDS Presents : Criminal The Last Of The Innocent

We may have visited the Criminal series in the past with the Legend picks, yet here we are again  with The Last Of The Innocent arc. It honestly feels like the perfect storm of both Brubaker and Phillip's skills as storytellers coming together after five previous tales for this brilliant stand alone story. This book is a huge fave of our's around the store but none more so than our young upstart, Fred "Aussie" Atkins. So tell us what you think, young Fredrick...

Criminal: The Last of the Innocent By Ed Brubaker and Sean Philips was actually the first Criminal book I read. The fantastic cover of the first issue was enough to make me buy and the story inside kept it going. The Criminal series is very easy to get into, all the stories stand on their own but if you’ve read them all you’ll pick up on a few extra things. The hook is simple. Riley Richards has a great life in the city, married to a beautiful woman, an amazing job but he isn’t happy, he can’t seem to forget the life he had in his home town Brookview.

Ed Brubaker has a great history in crime writing and this tale showcases some of his very best. The Last of the Innocent cuts between the leads now and as young teens and Brubaker captures both different times perfectly. Sean Philips also draws in two different styles throughout the book, a harsh and dark noir style in the current time and a light fun ‘Archie’ style during the characters teenage years. The difference of style helps to sell the difference in the characters when comparing them now to when they were kids.

As I found Last of the Innocent is a great spot to look into the Criminal series. A compelling story about money, murder, lust and wondering "what if" Archie married Veronica. If I have said nothing that interests you about the book so far, just look at the covers, they are more than worth it.

Thank you Fred. So in summary, DO judge this book by it's cover. You definitely won't be disappointed. :D

As always, the ALL STAR LEGEND will be available for 30 days (or until stock sells out) at the discounted price. As this will be a limited stock promotion there is strictly "no holds" on the legend.  First in, best read! No further discount applies to the book as there's a pretty good chance it will already be cheaper than the US cover price! The discount also only applies to the volume listed, not the entire series of trades.

If you have any questions, you know where to ask them. You can start to buy the Legend from this Thursday the 6th of February.

All Star Legends. The legendary titles of the highest recommendation.

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