I have two new graphic novel favorites courtesy of my son Garth: Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, authors of the "Criminal" series and other stories.
For a birthday present, Garth gave me a copy of "Coward," one of the pair's titles. It's brilliant stuff: bleak, grim, violent and doomed like the best noir novels of the 1940s and 1950s.
Criminal is part of a series that seems to swing back and forth between time periods, with different plots, characters and gimmicks, but a remarkable uniformity in story quality and tone. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series as soon as I can -- which is an extraordinary admission for me, as much as I like graphic novels.
- William E. Wallace
- I've been a house painter, dishwasher, broiler cook, private detective, military intelligence analyst, and I spent nearly 40 years as a reporter covering crime, 26 of them for the San Francisco Chronicle. These days I write science fiction, fantasy, horror and crime fiction, and I blog about books, films and crimes that don't receive sufficient attention from the mainstream media. I would like to be Elmore Leonard, Raymond Chandler, Ross MacDonald, Dashiell Hammett or George V. Higgins, but all of them are dead so I'll just stick with what I am already doing. . .