Meet Leo, who can plan the perfect heist, but only if he can
be convinced the job is safe enough. See, Leo is not a shoot-first
think-later guy; Leo is a professional. But to some criminals,
even professionals, the right payout is worth almost any risk.
So when an old friend and a crooked cop approach with a plan
to seize millions of dollars in diamonds from an evidence
transport van, Leo must make tough choices, knowing there's
nothing you can trust less in this world than a cop on the
is the first volume in the Criminal franchise; the
first in a series of knife-sharp, noir-tinged tales about
the people who live on the wrong side of the law. In Coward,
pickpocket Leo - a man who always leaves himself a way out
- finds himself in over his head when he's dragged into a
dangerous heist, and winds up getting too close to a burnt-out
former junkie. Torn between his instinct to run and his emotions,
can he stay out of harm's way?
Brubaker's script neatly sets everything up and then slowly
pulls the rug out from underneath you, while Sean Phillips
illustrations capture some the tragedy, and the odd touch
of humour, wonderfully.
biggest disappointment for me was that yet again someone who
obviously hadn't read this graphic novel was put in charge
of writing the synopsis on the back cover. One of the major
plot twists is ruined - and I really am surprised that no
one caught this before it went to print.
ignoring that slight moan, this is one series that I am really
looking forward to following as it grows.