Criminal, by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, was their first creator owned comic book together after working together on DC's Sleeper. Published in October 2006, it changed both their careers as they fund they were able to make a good living from creator owned comics, followed by Fatale, Incognito and now The Fade Out, continuing to benefit every month from every such comic they created and selling movie options along the way.
But now it's time to go back to the series that began it all. And in the back of today's issue of The Fade Out, Brubaker promised a new Criminal "one shot" for their tenth anniversary year, with a new, bigger project, to follow…
Kim Ji-woon is slated to direct a movie version of Coward, based on the first Criminal arc.
UPDATE: More details, more officialness!
It's brand-new 64-page one-shot in April.
Brubaker and Phillips, with acclaimed color artist Elizabeth Breitweiser, are bringing us their darkest and strangest tale yet: a twisted '70s noir about a father and son on the run.
"Teeg and Tracy Lawless are our most popular characters, so I knew this Anniversary Special had to showcase their early days," said Brubaker. "A big part of Criminal is finding new ways into noir stories, and this time we get to see it all from the point of view of a 12-year-old kid forced to help his father, who is a career thief and murderer."
Known for its creative experimentation, this novella-length CRIMINAL story features a comic-within-the-comic, a bizarre '70s-era KUNG FU magazine starring a werewolf.
"Once again I get to try out a new style, after the cartooning of The Last Of The Innocent, and the sword and sorcery of last year's Savage Sword of Criminal," said Phillips. "This time I get to figure out how to draw a kung-fu werewolf without him looking too silly. Let's hope I can pull it off! Even if I can't, it's great to be back in the Criminal universe again, it's like we've never been away."
This 10th Anniversary Special also comes in a magazine-sized variant featuring the star of the comic-within-the-comic—a perfect companion to last year's SAVAGE SWORD OF CRIMINAL magazine-sized variant.
CRIMINAL: 10TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL (Diamond code: NOV158430) hits stores Wednesday, April 13th. CRIMINAL: 10TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL, DEADLY EDITION: MAGAZINE-SIZE VARIANT (Diamond code: NOV158431) will also be available on Wednesday, April 13th. Final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, March 21st.