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Writer: Ed Brubaker
Art: Sean Phillips & Elizabeth Breitweiser
Matt C: A most welcome return for Criminal, even if it is only a one-off. This issue uses the ‘comic within a comic’ device pretty effectively, juxtaposing a short stint inside for Teeg Lawless with the ‘fictional’ comic book adventures of Conan-substitute Zangar the Savage. It makes obvious comparisons – both men are passionate and see violence as a means of solving their problems – but it works because Brubaker and Phillips have both an implicit understanding of the world that the Lawless clan operate in, and are prepared to throw themselves fully into the lurid, stylized brutality of the barbarian loner. Oh, and in case you were wondering, the slightly more expensive ‘Savage Sword Of Criminal’ edition, that gloriously copies the ‘70s magazine format that the likes of Marvel used for their more ‘adult’ content, is the version to get. 8/10