Okay, I’m mildly amused–back when I started reading Criminal again, I misremembered the first arc as this arc.
Brubaker’s really running into some pacing issues here. What’s old hat in a film noir–around an eighty minute narrative–does not work in comic book form. Brubaker also doesn’t have enough exposition to keep the reader’s reading speed in check, so this issue just flies past.
He’s got a protagonist who, on the surface, engenders a lot of sympathy but it’s all false sympathy. Brubaker makes the guy more and more tragic to get the reader interested, to divert attention away from there not being anything to the story.
I said before this arc could be done in an issue… at this point, I think it could be done in half an issue. Almost everything is padding here.
But Phillips is getting to draw daytime scenes here, which are pretty.