As 2017 begins to unfold, Nothing But Comics draws its coverage of 2016 to an end with my list of Best Single Issues. All entries are listed alphabetically by title.
By Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips & Elizabeth Breitweiser
Taking a break between projects, Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips return to their acclaimed Criminal series with a 10th Anniversary one-shot. Similar to last year’s excellent Criminal Special, this one centers on the reoccurring Teeg character. The difference this time, though is that the story is told from the perspective of his son, Tracy. This sensibility add a new flavor to the familiar ambiance of gritty, low-level nefarious undertakings. Noir is a genre which can easily slip into cliché, yet, Brubaker’s ability to populate his tales with compelling personalities prevents the material from ever growing stale. Instead, he and his artistic collaborators produce another engrossing comic.