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4.38  ·  Rating details ·  1,666 ratings  ·  272 reviews
A gorgeous original graphic novel from the best-selling creators of Kill Or Be Killed, My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies and Criminal.

Max Winters, a pulp writer in 1930s New York, finds himself drawn into a story not unlike the tales he churns out at 5 cents a word - tales of a wild west outlaw dispensing justice with a six-gun. But will Max be able to do the same, when p
Hardcover, 72 pages
Published August 4th 2020 by Image Comics (first published July 29th 2020)
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Sam Quixote
Apr 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: best-books-2020
“We weren’t heroes. We were killers. That’s the reason we survived so long… Because this world belongs to monsters.

It shouldn’t.”

It’s the winter of 1939 in New York City and the aptly-named Max Winter (not just because of the season the story takes place in but because Max is in the “winter” of his life), a struggling Western pulp fiction writer, gets some bad news. But he decides to make sure he goes out well - leaving his wife Rosa with enough to comfortably get by in her retirement and take o
Dave Schaafsma
This is one of the very best comics of 2020 for me, maybe in the top three, standing with another volume they also made, Reckless, which I picked as the very best, but that's really just splitting hairs.

Pulp announces itself as a western. A tall handsome white dude with a wide-rimmed--okay, “cowboy” or probably more appropriately, Stetson--hat on the cover. Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips do crime, usually set in an urban setting. And the second image and one early section subtitle does identify
Oct 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Max Winter was a cowboy outlaw in his younger days. As an old man living in New York during the Great Depression he draws on his experiences as a writer of pulp westerns. With money getting tighter and his mortality looming, Max decides to return to armed robbery in order to try and leave his wife something before he dies. Next thing you know, Max is part of a scheme to steal from the American Nazi movement.

Honestly, you had me at old outlaw turns pulp writer, but you throw in a scheme to rip-of
Apr 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
By this point you pretty much know what you are going to get in a Brubaker and Phillips story. Someone at the end of their rope, taking desperate matters to get out of the hole they are in. And that's what we have here. I can't get enough of their books.

Max Winters is a pulp writer penning cowboy novels in 1939 New York. He's being replaced by younger writers, living paycheck to paycheck. He's looking for one last payday to set his lover, Rosa, up. You see, Max, writes those Western novels from
James DeSantis
Aug 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Pulp is exactly what I expected from Sean and Ed, and it's great.

A writer who's getting close to the end of his life looks back at what he did. He robbed places, defending his family, lost his family, and now is trying to find peace with himself. When a old face he remembers come to him for help they work together to try and do one last robbery against a bunch of Nazi's. But what happens after?

This was a great graphic novel, a bit short, but worked really well. Enjoyed the character interactio
This is just another notch in Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips's sizable belt of great books! This short graphic novella about an aging former outlaw-turned-pulp writer who decides on one last hoorah is a tale of nostalgia and melancholy and works so well because of Brubaker’s sensitive and efficient writing and Phillips’s deceptively simple, iconic art, both of which are already legendary in the industry.

Alexander Peterhans
Apr 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edelweiss
A taut little crime thriller that manages to pack a lot of characterisation and depth into its pages.

Max Winter is a writer, writing pulp cowboy stories for magazines in 1930s New York. Max Winter also used to be an outlaw in the wild west of 1855, robbing exploitative cattle barons, forever pursued by the Pinkerton Detective Agency (but never caught).

Max is old, in poor health, and wants to leave some money, perhaps even a house, to his partner Rosa, but the pulp magazines are edging him out fo
L. McCoy
Do I even need to tell y’all about this book? Like I wanna talk about it a bit but the fuck am I meant to say? It’s Brubaker and Phillips! You can probably already tell I liked it.
This book is a shorter one. It’s longer than a single issue would be but shorter than most full size graphic novels. It’s a very well written and interesting story that had me hooked right away. Excellent artwork, even mixed styles at times and did a good job at it. The ending is a very epic and sligh
Apr 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
1939. New York. Max Winter is an aging writer, penning pulp stories of the Old West. There's a reason why he pens great stories about cowboys and the Old the 1850's he was an outlaw. Stealing. Rustling. Killing. Always one step ahead of the Pinkertons. But he's getting older...and it's getting harder to make a living. He decides he wants to do one last robbery to leave his widow enough money to live after he's gone.....but he gets a more interesting offer.

This graphic novel is defini
Nov 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comix, ebook, noir, 2020, fiction
Spending his golden years pumping out serialized comics, former outlaw Max Winter has been struggling to keep his head above water.  When his employer changes the game with its production, the pittance he once received for his work sounds great compared to his new rate.  After a heroic act fending off a gang of thugs leaves him with a bum ticker and empty pockets, Max decides to slip back into a life of crime to secure a future for his family.  Before he can get started, he’s approached by a for ...more
Rod Brown
Sep 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cowboys and Nazis! In 1939 in New York City, an aging writer of pulp fiction Westerns with a shady past gets pulled into a heist against a gang of American Nazi sympathizers by a rogue Pinkerton agent. Nazis get punched, so, y'know, bonus star.

Well written and illustrated, this tale reminded me a bit of The Old Man and the Gun with its melancholy tone and weathered protagonist.

(Trivia note: Hopalong Cassidy completists, be aware that the cover of Six Gun Western displayed in an early scene betwe
Jan 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Pulp is another fantastic story by Brubaker and Phillips and I highly recommend it. As well as its exploration of violence and the struggle to make ends meet, Pulp offers a poignant look at ageing and the limitations it brings to us. [...] An essential buy for those interested in the crime comic book genre, even if you don’t care for Westerns.

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210114: sometimes stories can turn in on themselves, seem simple, characters stereotypes, but then everything changes and the work reveals beautiful irony and depth. i read this twice in one sitting. it is short, concise, right medium. when i really appreciate the order of images telling the story this is five. when several times i feel strongly emotionally affected this is five. when there is moral recognition and recognisable fallible characters this is five...

Jan 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Cowboys AND Nazis?

Great story, great artwork.

2021 is off to a bang-up start!
Oct 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Brubaker and Phillips delivering what they do: a satisfying bang-up of a one-shot.
Rory Wilding
Jul 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
For those who know the Western genre inside and out, will know that the Wild West wasn’t the Wild West. By that, I mean it wasn’t a romanticized period where cowboys were the cool, roguish archetypes that would dominate the decades-long wave of western fiction during the 20th century. Whether you like the clean-cut westerns starring John Wayne or the spaghetti westerns starring Clint Eastwood, they are not the most accurate depictions of the real American Old West. The discussion of what the Wes ...more
Sep 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Pulp, by Ed Brubaker, is a pretty interesting graphic novel about an ex-bandit in 1930's New York. Once a notorious robber, he is now an old man writing cowboy pulp stories for a periodical. These stories are loosely based off of his own exploits as a young man. As the Depression sets in, he is squeezed for money, and his old ways begin to tempt him back in, just as the Nazi's begin to gain traction in the world.

This was an interesting setting and dichotomy - part 1930's spy/noir story, part we
Benji Glaab
Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Probably my favourite creative team in comics. It's become almost formulaic at this point. I know I can expect a fantastic tale everytime I pick one of these up. Though this one is a little more obvious I like how some of Brubaker's recent titles have many references to the days of writing pulp in magazines. It's fascinating how writers were churning out story after story and now 80-60 years later most of them are unknown to us today. Can't wait to see what these guys come up with next. I'm
Sep 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
(4,5 of 5 for a splendid short story about one old wild west bandit in classic Brubaker & Phillips style)
Everything this creative duo produces is at least good, but usually much better than good. Some folk can admit it's all the same, especially those real-world "criminal-like" stories. I partially agree, but I don't mind because the quality and the atmosphere is usually fantastic. And this is the case of the Pulp. It could be easily some flashback story from Criminal, that's true. An old man wr
Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A very short book but with a lot of emotions and excitement! I couldn't stop turning the pages. Even after I was done reading a page I found myself still stuck on that page. A complete story that was beautifully told and illustrated. ...more
Judah Radd
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: image-comics
This is nothing short of a masterpiece.

Brilliantly penned by Ed Brubaker and masterfully rendered by Sean Phillips, this is the all-star creative team at it’s best.

This OGN drew me in from the first page. What followed was a hyper focused, uninterrupted read through. I could not put this down, and on the final beat, I silently sat and contemplated for another few moments.

In a relatively short time, this book explores some heavyweight themes. Mortality, regret, new beginnings, second chances, and
Sep 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A change of setting from Brubaker's usual but no change in quality. ...more
Dec 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: american-indies
I wouldn't expect anything less from Brubaker/Philips than something at least enjoyable and with a clever hard-boiled script. I thought this was wild west stuff, so I almost passed. But it was only 80 pages so I gave it a go and wasn't disappointed.

The ending sequence with max entering the bar is top-shelf material.
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
Max Winter, once an actual honest-to-god Wild West outlaw, spends his twilight years in 1939 New York writing pulp westerns based on his own life. When American Nazis hold a rally in force (and this actually happened) Max goes on one last heist to finance his retirement and fuck up some fascists along the way.

This is a remarkable--and timely--approach to depicting anti-fascism. There's nothing more American than the heroic hard-ridin' quick-drawin' Stetson-hatted cowboy mythos, and setting that
Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)
Another phenomenal piece by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. This one explores the life of a pulp writer that suffers from a company's desire to move on with his work as he grows old. Unable to find a solution to his inability to find happiness, he has to take matters into his own hands as his life derails and takes an unexpected turn.

For how short this is, it is incredible to watch these characters being developed with such attention to detail. This is a must-read.

Yours truly,

Lashaan | Blogger an
Dec 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An old criminal of the west has become a pulp fiction writer, turning his history into 'fiction' for a quick buck. But he's getting old, and as the Great Depression (and the rise of the Nazis in Europe, leading to World War II) has its grip on New York City, this dude is trying to find some way to make the rest of his life worth it.

I mean, it's a book by Brubaker and Philips. You know what you're getting. If you've liked one of their books, you'll like this one- at least enough to try it. It del
Koen Claeys
Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed 'Pulp'. Brubaker's writing style and Phillips artwork no longer holds surprises for me. One would almost forget how long this duo has consistently been delivering top quality. The A+ scenario has some surprising twists in store for the reader, apart from the fact that I was expecting a first western from Brubaker / Phillips. (I never read the summary while pre-ordering 😉) Highly recommended! ...more
Tom Mathews
Another magnificent graphic novel by the best writers/artists in the business. This standalone tells the story of Max, a one-time wild west bandit who retired from the business and ended up trying to make ends meet writing western stories for New York pulp magazines. When a heart attack makes him face his own mortality he decided to pull off one last job to provide security for the woman he loved. But plans rarely turn out as expected.

Bottom line: I'll read anything by Ed Brubaker that I can ge
Ryan Stewart
When it comes to Brubaker and Phillips, you know what you’re going to get. But like that go-to item at your favorite restaurant, it never disappoints and always leaves you wanting just a little more.
Tom Mooney
Dec 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Really good. Great story, great artwork, awesome characters. I just wish there was more of it.
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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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