With the finale of their current series The Fade Out on shelves this week, Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips have announced their next project together will be reviving Criminal for a one-shot in honor of its tenth anniversary. Criminal 10th Anniversary Special will be released April 13, revisiting previous Criminal characters Teeg and Tracy Lawless earlier in their life when they are 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.”
In addition to that feature story, Criminal 10th Anniversary Special will also have a comic-inside-a-comic with 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."