Note: This is a review of the first volume of Kill or Be Killed.
Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips are one of the best comic duos working today. From their gritty, warm cast of characters in Criminal, to the noir infused cosmic horror of Fatale, they create visually creative, narratively engaging stories that leverage the full power of the medium. Their latest, Kill or Be Killed, has yet to reach its stride. The characters are there, the book just needs to gain some momentum. Continue reading Kill or Be Killed
What a lifeless piece of junk. From the moment it opens with shots flying through circuit boards and the inner cityscapes of servers, the badness begins. The horrible CGI and the attempt to make technology sexy and sleek sets the tone for this lifeless, dreary film. The plot is a blase tale of two hackers, one a terrorist, the other a criminal. The criminal must hunt down the terrorist while being kept on a short leash by both Chinese and American agents. Continue reading Blackhat (2015)
Sicario is an excellent film that’s not for me. It’s a fantastic piece of direction and a solid bit of storytelling in a genre and world that I don’t find compelling. For whatever reason, crime stories committed to film fail to fascinate me. I think the spectacle is too overwhelming to me. I’d much rather watch something quiet or pensive, or something that ratchets up the intensity to the level of the horror genre. Continue reading Sicario (2015)
The washed-out PI, the dame in distress, the convoluted case. It would be understandable if one wrote off Inherent Vice as a paint-by-the-numbers neo-noir. But it quickly becomes apparent that there’s a lot more going on here than meets the eye. Continue reading Inherent Vice (2014)
After starting the series with the unusual and refreshing Coward, Lawless treads on more familiar grounds in the criminal world. Writer Ed Brubaker and artist Sean Phillips still find a way to craft their own brand of noir-infused crime while playing with a lot of clichés of the genre. Continue reading Criminal: Lawless