Marc Weidenbaum's Reviews > Criminal, Vol. 3: The Dead and the Dying

Criminal, Vol. 3 by Ed Brubaker
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Mar 18, 2011

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If the first book places us in the underworld setting for this hardboiled graphic novel series, and the second cements its formalist approach, the third makes serious music with that approach. This book contains three closely related stories, all focused on a young generation suffering fates due to ties to a criminal organization. It's heartbreaking stuff, and it's to the credit of the author, Ed Brubaker, that despite the tight plotting, the characters never feel like they're being pushed in a particular direction in order for his complex overall narrative structure to hold.

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