Well, I figured out one major problem–besides the contrived plotting–Brubaker doesn’t have a protagonist this series. He did the first issue, because he hadn’t introduced his teen killers for God (an ex-Army Catholic priest is getting kids to kill criminals), but now he’s got nothing.
The narration is awful this issue. It’s probably the worst narration Brubaker’s ever written in Criminal, maybe ever.
Brubaker is pushing the series from plot twist to plot twist and there’s nothing going on beyond them. He’s juxtaposing Tracy and one of the young killers, trying to get a neon arrow pointing between the two of them to show their concern for justice.
It’s cute how Brubaker acts like he’s being edgy. The Sinners is easily Criminal‘s safest arc.
Maybe saddest is how clearly Brubaker’s interest in the series has dissipated. Even when it used to be bad, you could tell he cared. Not anymore.
Writer, Ed Brubaker; artist, Sean Phillips; colorist, Val Staples; publisher, Icon.