Brubaker opens the issue with some terrible adjective use, so I started out ready to nitpick. Of course, he didn’t have to prove me right… but he went ahead and did so anyway. I really loathe these types of reviews, because I really do love Brubaker’s work. It’s just… fallen off since he’s gotten to Marvel. Swan dived, actually.
Oh, before I get the complaints–great art from Phillips. It’s always great art from Phillips, but this issue he really gets to do a lot.
All right, the laundry list.
It’s just too contrived. Brubaker expects the reader to make a significant time and money investment and he’s not providing anything in return.
Brubaker further establishes Tracy as a hero (he cares for hookers and the disenfranchised).
Finally, Brubaker makes the killers Tracy’s hunting kids–and the only way to redeem the series is for Tracy to kill them all.
Writer, Ed Brubaker; artist, Sean Phillips; colorist, Val Staples; publisher, Icon.