Friday, September 12, 2008

Criminal #5 Review

Recently reviewed by me at CBR: Criminal #5, about which I write the following sentences: "Ed Brubaker has been playing around with formal structures in this series, using overlapping narratives between issues in recent stories, and even playing around with the flow of time through a measured use of black panels. 'Criminal' #5 seems less structurally playful on the surface, but not only does it bring a minor background character (Jacob) into the foreground of the arc, it weaves flashback and hallucination into the present-day narrative with sublime grace. And Brubaker creates a sense of a fully-realized world in which to torment Jacob by showing Iris and Danny always in mid-argument. Jacob, the captive of these two, always seems to walk in on them as they're shouting about something important, but we never get the full picture of their quarrels. Like Jacob, we are interlopers into their story, and we only see fragments of it."

Read the entire review HERE.

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