Stephanie's Reviews > Criminal, Vol. 4: Bad Night

Criminal, Vol. 4 by Ed Brubaker
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Sep 22, 11

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I wanted to like the Criminal series so badly. The storytelling is well-paced and interesting. The (male) characters are compelling and believable. The writing is precise and careful.

But I just can't get past the endless misogyny. Every female character is sexually objectified, most are completely flat as characters, and none end up wielding any power other than their sexuality. Not only do I find this tiresome and at times outright insulting to read, but it's easy and boring. I wish Brubaker would have done something actually interesting with this aspect of the noir genre instead of just recycling the same old clichés.
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