Interview with Ed Brubaker

Jon: Ed, you and Sean Phillips have been working together a long time. How has your collaboration evolved and what are the advantages to a partnership like this? It’s hard to say how it’s evolved. It’s still basically the same as it’s always been. I sent Sean some pages and he never wants to know what’s coming next, so he’s like a first reader. The advantages are uncountable. We trust each other, and we know what the other can do, and we know that we both like to do different things a lot. When I write a script for Sean its much less detailed than when I write one for someone else, because I know what he...

CRIMINAL 10th Anniversary Issue Reviewed

CRIMINAL: The 10th Anniversary Issue Image Comics 2016   Having spent the winter moving to a new house, I came across a poster tube with a beautiful print of the Criminal #3 cover that’d I’d been misplacing on and off again for years. The shipping label had a date that was hard to believe and I shrugged it off until a few days later when I saw an announcement that Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips were celebrating the 10-year anniversary of Criminal with the release of a new issue. How has it been a decade of looking for extra wall space and a reason to frame the poster, and how has my favorite series been around that long?   To...

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER with Kate (and Dan) Mar27

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER with Kate (and...

::Kate tosses the remote over her shoulder; glass breaks in the background a la DAVID LETTERMAN:: K: I keep seeing these kickass promos on the tube for the new Captain America movie. I really liked the first one; it was like Indiana Jones tossed into a blender with the Rocketeer. But I ask you: what in hell is a “Winter Soldier?” Sounds like an army dude that works one season out of the year! D: Dude? Dude. DUUUDE! K: Knock it off. You haven’t talked like that in 15 years. D: Sorry. I watched ENCINO MAN yesterday. ::whispers:: BuuuDDDyyy…! K: I heard that. D: Sorry. K: You’re an idiot. D: I SAID I WAS SORRY. K: So really, what’s the dealio...

Best Comics You’ve Never Heard Of: The Immortal Iron Fist Mar20

Best Comics You’ve Never Heard Of: The Immor...

Best Comics you’ve Never Heard of: the Immortal Iron Fist So we all love “Hawkeye.” We just do. It’s a brilliant series with gorgeous art and smart story building. The problem, however, is that it comes out so sporadically. How can someone be expected to wait for months to get their fix of Eisner Award winning beauty? Well, why haven’t you gone back and read Matt Fraction and David Aja’s previous collaboration, “Immortal Iron Fist?” Chances are, because you’ve never heard of it. Way back in the day, back when Matt Fraction was just a new flavor on the Marvel palate, he, Ed Brubaker and David Aja launched a third-tier hero into a solo book....

Ed Brubaker Interview by Duane Swierczynski

This ran in Crimespree #22 Ed Brubaker makes me wish I had a time machine. I want to send him back to, say, December 1950, dead broke, with nothing more than a typewriter, ream of paper, and the address of Gold Medal books editor Richard Carroll. Then, I’d just sit back and wait for him to conquer the world of mystery paperback originals. There’s no doubt he would conquer, because Brubaker has the mad genius and the pedal-to-the floor work ethic of the best of the 1950s guys. Right now, Brubaker’s responsible for no fewer four of Marvel Comics’ hottest superhero titles (Uncanny X-Men, Captain America, Daredevil, and, along with Matt...