Newswire: Exclusive Image preview: Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips’ brilliant Criminal returns

Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips are the current reigning kings of crime comics, and their landmark series Criminal returns after four years with a one-shot from Image Comics on February 25. Printed in the standard comic-book format—as well as a special oversized edition, like the first issue of Brubaker and Phillips’ The Fade Outthis new story follows Teeg Lawless, who is spending 30 days in prison with a target on his head. His only solace is a comic book left behind by his dead cellmate, a Conan The Barbarian-esque issue that introduces a sword-and-sorcery element to the hard-boiled atmosphere these creators have become accustomed to.

Much like the last Criminal miniseries, The Last Of The Innocents (which landed at the very top of The A.V. Club‘s list of the best comics of 2011), February’s one-shot juxtaposes imagery from a previous era with the gritty …

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