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Scene of the Crime: A Little Piece of Goodnight

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3.95  ·  Rating details ·  1,129 ratings  ·  117 reviews
From the co-creators of Gotham Central and FATALE comes a lost crime noir masterpiece. SCENE OF THE CRIME was the first time ED BRUBAKER and MICHAEL LARK worked together - before their acclaimed runs on Daredevil and Gotham Central - and it was inked by SEAN PHILLIPS, who also designed this deluxe edition.

This is where it all began, with a hard-hitting mystery story, a mod
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published November 14th 2012 by Image Comics (first published July 2000)
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Sam Quixote
Think of a clichéd LA noir plot: missing persons, shady organisations, stake-outs, private dicks with drinking problems, the occasional gun-fight; that’s Scene of the Crime!

This was a miniseries from 1999, early in the careers of Ed Brubaker and Michael Lark and also their first collaboration together - years later they would go on to co-create the celebrated Gotham Central for DC and have a successful run on Daredevil for Marvel. Brubaker’s greenness really shows though and Scene of the Crime
Sep 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, hoopla
If you enjoyed Criminal and want some more noir from Brubaker, this is worth checking out. One of Brubaker's earliest works, originally published by Vertigo in 1998, Scene of the Crime is a modern day noir set in San Francisco. This is your straight up, traditional hard-boiled detective story. The main character is hired to find a missing sister. It goes wrong and digs deeper into a really messed up story. Michael Lark's and Sean Phillips's fits in great with the setting. ...more
Dec 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Scene of the Crime follows private investigator Jack Herriman as he’s tasked with tracking down Maggie Jordan, a missing person in the California Bay Area. Jack’s efforts lead him to a commune where it's believed Maggie had last been seen. From there, it isn’t long until a trail of clues takes him to a motel in which he locates Maggie alive but heavily under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

Once Maggie sobers up, Jack questions her about her disappearance. After some coffee and conversation, J
Alexander Peterhans
A reprint of Ed Brubaker's first real crime story! The other half, Sean Phillips, is here as inker, while pencilling is done by Michael Lark.

This new edition also includes a sort-of-Christmas short story set in the Scene setting, which had been published in Vertigo Winter's Edge, a couple of months before this book was originally published.

There's the usual look at process, although I feel it's more interesting here, to see what Phillips added as an inker (I do feel Lark's art misses what Philli
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, comics
Ed Brubaker has written an excellent crime noir tale. The first story, the main story arc, is called the "A Little Piece of Goodnight". Jack Herriman is a P.I. One day he is asked to look into a missing girl. Her mother and sister have not heard from her in awhile and hire Jack to find her. What follows is a detective story set in the late 1960s. More than this I will not say, but this was a good detective story with great noir elements.
The PI is annoying to me- he whines, can't/won't use a gun,
Dave Schaafsma
Oct 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gn-crime
Man, Brubaker hates hippies. As a 90s grunge guy, this makes sense, but as a former hippie, ouch. :)

So before Criminal and Fatale and Fade Out was this, begun in 1998 with Michael Lark, with whom he worked on Gotham Central and some superhero comics. Sean Phillips designed this deluxe edition, with whom Brubaker would team in producing all those (above) terrific graphic crime novels after that, and now for close to 20 years and still going strong.

I had kind of thought I would like this one much
Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)
This was a terrifyingly slow-paced crime noir story with a boring and unimpressive lead character that almost never gave you any good reason to care for the case at hand. While it is still objectively incredibly well-told, it was too wordy for its own good.

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Dec 20, 2016 rated it it was ok
While I didn't enjoy this book very much at all as a piece of storytelling, I DID enjoy it as a sort of academic look at the progress of a writer. This is very early Brubaker & Lark (joined by Sean Phillips on colors, who has become Brubaker's best collaborator), pre-Gotham Central, pre-Daredevil, pre-everything, and the greenness shines through bigtime. But, as a writer myself, I found this pretty uplifting. This book is boring. It's slow, it's predictable, it's overwritten. The narrator tells ...more
Sep 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: digital, x2020
(4 of 5 for nice "classic Brubaker edition" story but forget the art...)
Going retrospectively after all that Criminal I went for Scene of the Crime. And I'm surprised how good the story is. Yes, it's classic noir-ish Brubaker crime story, but Ed is master of this genre, so I probably will never get bored by him even with hundredth Criminal-like comics.
Scene of the Crime has a nice pace, cleverly processing in the story, lifelike characters and terrific endings. And that is true for both the main
William Thomas
I've been saying it for years- Ed Brubaker couldn't write a superhero book for one of the Big Two to save his life. But let him pump out a pulp for an indie press and its as close to gold as we can hope for.

This is an earlier work of Brubaker and that point is glaringly obvious by how stiff everything is on the page, from the monologue to the dialogue and even the scripted action. Nothing in it is remotely conversational and it all feels very rigid. Even so, it's a damn good read if you're into
Jun 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
For a first book this was pretty darn good. It's a little formulaic but you can't help but be vested into the mystery and I thought I had almost everything figured out but there's still a couple twists I didn't see coming. A private investigator is hired to find a missing girl but uncovers some hidden secrets and it doesn't take long for you to follow along with Jack as he hunts for clues. Everything is narrated by him in captions so you really get to understand not only the investigation but hi ...more
Benji Glaab
A decent story line. Fairly cliche as far as private eye noir goes, but was still fun and familiar at the same time. Brubaker has managed to master this genre this being his (to my knowledge) his first stab at the crime genre. His most recent series kill or be killed was one of my faves this last year. Still worth a read but might turn off people new to his work.
Mayank Agarwal
May 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel, comics
I enjoyed the story and the art, a typical detective crime-solving story in art noir style. Nothing I can complain about but it does feel too generic, it’s not that the book is bad, just that it didn’t leave an impression on my mind. With about 120 pages most with very few dialogues, the series is a quick read. I am a fan of Ed Brubaker and Michael Lark and it does feel like it’s one of their earlier works.

The Deluxe edition of the book has a short story at the end of another case by the same d
Oct 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-comics, 2015
"It wasn't a unique tragedy by any means, but it was still a tragedy."

This was a super solid, very well told, self contained, noir story. It had a beginning, middle, and end. I also love seeing how Sean Phillip's art work has evolved from 15 years ago. Highly recommend. Well done Ed Brubaker. Well done.

Rory Wilding
Feb 15, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally published in 1999 by Vertigo as a four-issue miniseries, Brubaker’s breakout comic Scene of the Crime gets a new paperback edition with an introduction from Brian Michael Bendis, someone who is no stranger to crime comics and refers to this title as his favorite Brubaker comic. Will it be my favorite from the writer’s bibliography?

Please click here for my full review.
Alicia Riley
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Know for his work on Captain America, Scene of the Crime A little piece of Goodnight is one Ed Brubaker along with Michael Lark and Sean Phillips (who would team up with Ed Brubaker repeatly with comics like Fatale) created mystery//nori about Jack Kerrmiman who started with case of missing person turn into case about sex drugs and murder.
Feb 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
A bit wordy, but a strong overall story.
Jammin Jenny
I really loved this new graphic novel series, The Scene of the Crime. It features a PI named Jack Herriman, who's had a rough life growing up, and he gets a case from an old buddy to help find Maggie Jordan who's been missing for several days. I love the crime noir setting and it is definitely a hard-boiled detective story. The artwork was excellent and I felt very engaged with the whole story.

I received an e-ARC of this book by the author and publisher (Image Comics) via Edelweiss. This does no
Alex E
Feb 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Scene of the Crime is one of those books that, despite its constant descent into ugly subject matter, is very hard to put down.

I think what Brubaker does really well, is tell these hard hitting and gritty crime stories, but ground the main protagonist enough to make us relate to him directly. So that when he starts delving into dark corridors unknown, we are along the ride with him, even though he has more experience in this type of stuff.

We have the story of a girl who is missing, and her eve
May 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Kurt by: Matt
See, this? Right here? This is why we don't start/join hippie sex cults. It only leads to chaos and trouble and great detective stories. This is some very early Brubaker writing, and it doesn't rise to the heights of his Gotham Central or Captain America or Daredevil work, but it's a great Hammett-style noir story about a guy investigating a missing person case that (of course) leads to scandal and murder and sex and drugs and mayhem. The mystery is compelling, with a lot of raw and worn-down ch ...more
This is a tough one to give a rating to: it's a five and it's a three. So the 5 is for this re-issue of the first collaboration of Brubaker/Lark/Phillips from 1999. The series didn't continue so this went out of print. But now back in print is the story that launched Brubaker's career, as he describes in the awesome afterward. And that's what really makes this a 5-star: Brubaker sharing the genesis of this project, including samples from his original treatment and scripts. Plus some of the origi ...more
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Zedsdead by: It's Brubaker noir
Hardboiled detective noir, straight out of Hammett. A beautiful woman hires a detective to track down another beautiful woman, ostensibly her sister. He finds her, one of them winds up dead, he gets lied to a lot, suffers a few beatings, gets rained on, gets his drink on, muses cynically, and finally cracks the case. Even winds up with a prominent nose dressing like J.J. Gittes in Chinatown.

One of Brubaker's earliest offerings, and it's far from his best. He uses a lot of words where a few will
Nick Kives
Jun 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Apparently if it is written by Ed Brubaker and isn't about superheroes it is worth a read. Not saying his superhero stuff isn't good either it has been, but he excels at telling a real story, a noir story that is purely character driven. Read Criminal, Vol. 1: Coward (any volume), or read Incognito, Vol. 1.

This is about a PI that is asked to hunt down a missing woman, and after finding her, and then her dying but hours later, then the real story starts. It is no longer about finding her, but fi
Jul 22, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is Vintage Brubaker, but it doesn't stand out from his other stories. The protagonist is fairly standard and the story, while as circuitous as any noir story should be, doesn't really stand up in comparison to his later series. A missing persons case ends with the person found, then killed. Lots of threads come untangled in an unexpected pattern, but it relies a bit too much on coincidence and outside hints to really feel complete. Not bad in any way, just not as good as his other work. ...more
Dec 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
I didn't think I was going to like this as much because it's early Brubaker. It's not one of his best books, but it's still good writing. The only thing I don't like about this was the subject matter. I know it's crime, but this gets disturbing. I'm not a fan of the art in this either. ...more
May 14, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: image-comics
Very solid effort by Brubaker. This is one of the first longer than one issue things he ever wrote. And it's really good for early work. ...more
Jul 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5...was great but not that great.
James Tullos
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
See my full thoughts here:

Scene of the Crime is basically just an old noir thriller in the form of a graphic novel. A recovering alcoholic private investigator who's sent on a routine case that winds up being bigger than he originally thought. Then he follows leads, picks up clues, and slowly pieces the mystery together. That's about all there is to it, it's a very simple story that's done very well. The mystery is engaging and I was kept constantly wanting to know w
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5/5 Good. Nice crime fiction story. Doesn't quite stick its landing with the reveal at the end. I felt like it was missing something at the end or it felt too short. The main character had an interesting past and the writing was well done. ...more
Sep 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Crime noir done nicely. The story has all the classic noir twists with a young but still damaged protagonist. The art is masterful. There are hippies. What’s not to like?

The deluxe book includes a one shot story with the same main character. Equally enjoyable.

Embrace the healing power of an orgasm and check out some early Brubaker/Phillips goodness.
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Ed Brubaker (born November 17, 1966) is an Eisner Award-winning American cartoonist and writer. He was born at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland.

Brubaker is best known for his work as a comic book writer on such titles as Batman, Daredevil, Captain America, Iron Fist, Catwoman, Gotham Central and Uncanny X-Men. In more recent years, he has focused solely on creator-owned titles

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