Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Complete, Collaborative Works of Brubaker and Phillips: A Brief Bibliography.

Robert and I are starting off the new year with a long look back to the very beginning of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips' amazing work together.  Since we've had a month-long break between issues of Kill Or Be Killed, we're taking time this week to devote an Undertow Podcast episode to their very earliest collaboration, Scene of the Crime.

The pair tends to produce ten comic books a year, and we may use these occasional quiet months to slowly work our way through their entire body of work -- or at least their work as a team, a still quite hefty subset of the many books that list Brubaker or Phillips in their credits.

To prep for this literary travelogue, I made some notes on their books' order of publication:  we posted a brief list of their major and minor collaborations back in 2011, but it didn't go into details about story arcs.  The two keep returning to our favorite series Criminal between their other titles -- and we've had three new titles debut in the last half-decade -- so it was worth putting together these additional notes, and we think our readers might appreciate our posting the list online.


The following are the collaborative works of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, listed by the original sale date of the single-issue story or the story arc's debut, cross-referenced against Comic Collector Live and the Grand Comics Database.  Dates are listed by month, with the day included in parentheses only to resolve any ambiguity in the order of release.

Titles that currently span more than one story arc are color-coded, and the original trade paperback collections are listed if a single listed work spans more than collection.

Unless otherwise indicated, all works below credit Ed Brubaker as the sole writer and Sean Phillips as the sole artist, excluding lettering and coloring.  Relevant works that exclude one or the other creator are included in parenthesis.

Scene of the Crime
Pencils by Michael Lark, Inks by Lark (#1) & Sean Phillips (#2-4)
DC Vertigo, Mar-Jun 1999

Batman: Gotham Noir
DC, Mar 2001

Batman #603 - “The Turning Point”
DC, May 2002

(Point Blank, Sleeper prologue, written by Brubaker and drawn by Colin Wilson, with the protagonist Holden Carver designed by Phillips: WildStorm, Aug-Dec 2002)

Collected in “Out in the Cold” (#1-6) & “All False Moves” (#7-12)
WildStorm, Jan 2003 - Jan 2004

(Coup D’Etat: Sleeper written by Brubaker and drawn by Jim Lee: WildStorm, Feb 2004)

“Sleeper, Season Two: Prelude”
Coup D'Etat: Afterword
Wildstorm, Mar 2004

Hawkman (2002) #27 - “The Black Bird”
DC, Apr 2004

Catwoman (2002) #32 - “Only Takes a Night”
DC, Jun 2004 (June 23)

Sleeper: Season Two
Collected in “A Crooked Line” (#1-6) and “The Long Way Home” (#7-12)
WildStorm, Jun 2004 - May 2005 (June 30)

Gotham Central #33-40
Cover art by Phillips, #33-35, 37-40
Created by Brubaker & Greg Rucka; Brubaker stopped writing for the series after #36
DC, Jul 2005 - Feb 2006 (series debuted in Dec 2002)

Criminal: Coward
Criminal #1-5
Icon, Oct 2006 - Mar 07

Criminal: Lawless
Criminal #6-10
Icon, May-Nov 2007

Criminal: The Dead and the Dying
Criminal Vol. 2 #1-3
Icon, Feb-Jun 2008

Criminal Emission: “No One Rides for Free”
Liberty Comics
Image, Jul 2008

Criminal: Bad Night
Criminal Vol. 2 #4-7
Icon, Aug-Dec 2008

Icon, Jan-Sep 2009

Criminal: The Sinners
Icon, Oct 2009 - Mar 2010 (Oct 7)

Criminal Emission: “21st Century Noir”
Noir: A Collection of Crime Comics
Dark Horse, Oct 2009 (Oct 21)

Incognito: Bad Influences
Icon, Oct 2010 - Mar 2011

Criminal: The Last of the Innocent
Icon, Jun-Sep 2011

Collected in five trade paperbacks:
Book 1: Death Chases Me (#1-5)
Book 2: The Devil's Business (#6-10)
Book 3: West of Hell (#11-14)
Book 4: Pray for Rain (#15-19)
Book 5: Curse the Demon (#20-24)
Image, Jan 2012 - Jul 2014

The Fade Out
Collected in three trade paperbacks, each comprising a 4-issue “act”
Subsequently collected in a single-volume deluxe HC and bare-bones TPB
Image, Aug 2014 - Jan 2016

Criminal: Wrong Time, Wrong Place
Criminal Special Edition & 10th Anniversary Special
Image, Feb 2015 & Apr 2016

Kill or Be Killed
Collected in four trade-paperback volumes:
Vol. 1 (#1-4); Vol. 2 (#5-10); Vol. 3 (#11-14); Vol 4. (#15-20)
Image, Aug 2016 - June 2018

"The Spirit" single-page story
The Spirit of Eisner: Celebrating the Centenary of the Birth of Will Eisner
Lakes International Comic Art Festival, Oct 2017
(Phillips also coordinated the publication of the newspaper-sized comic)

My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies
A Criminal Novella, published as a hardcover OGN
Image, Oct 2018

Criminal Vol. 3
Story Arcs Forthcoming
Image, Jan 2019 - present

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Blogger Vandislav said...

Hi guys, do you have any info on Incognito reissue (both tpb and classified edition) or Criminal deluxe edition reissue?

3:04 AM  
Blogger Bubba said...

Sorry about not noticing your comment sooner, Vandislav, but I *GREATLY* appreciate your readership, and you raise a good question.

You're right, those are the five collections of Brubaker & Phillips' creator-owned comics from Marvel's Icon imprint, which are currently out-of-print and have not yet been reprinted by Image:

- The Criminal Deluxe Edition, Volume 1 HC
- The Criminal Deluxe Edition, Volume 2 HC
- Incognito TPB
- Incognito: Bad Influences TPB
- Incognito: The Classified Edition HC

In early 2014, we did report that, in the original announcement of the five-year contract with Image, Incognito was moving to the publisher along with Criminal. By late 2015, the plans to republish Incognito by year's end had evidently changed. I do STILL suspect that the Incognito trades will be republished by Image eventually, but they may be waiting for something like a film adaptation going into production, a second sequel to the series, or a milestone like the original book's 10th anniversary in 2019.

About the deluxe editions, your guess is as good as mine, but I *DO* very much hope they go back print, both to address an error or two in the original editions and to provide new fans an affordable chance to read both titles in the best possible format.

8:24 PM  
Blogger Bubba said...

Update, Apr 25 2018, with the following additions:

- Phillips' design of Sleeper's Holden Carver, for Point Blank
- The solicited final date of Kill Or Be Killed and our projection that the title will end up in four TPB's
- The October, 2017, release of the one-page contribution to the Spirit newspaper-sized comic

3:09 PM  
Blogger Bubba said...

Jan 7, 2019:

- Listed the issues for the four TPB's for Kill Or Be Killed
- Added Junkies
- Added Criminal Vol. 3
- Minor corrections

8:22 PM  

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