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Image Comics
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6.9 X 10.4 X 0.7 inches | 1.45 pounds
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About the Author

Sean Phillips has become one of the comics industry's most acclaimed artists, and is fondly remembered by 2000 AD fans as the co-creator of Armitage and Devlin Waugh. His work on the Galaxy's Greatest Comic also includes illustration for Armoured Gideon, Downlode Tales, Judge Dredd, Mega-City One, One-Offs, Sinister Dexter, Strange Cases and Vector 13. Phillips' US work includes lengthy runs on Hellblazer, The Invisibles, Kid Eternity, Minx, Uncanny X-Men, Wildcats, Sleeper and Marvel Zombies. Away from comics he has done freelance work for 20th Century Fox, Sony, and Maxim magazine.
Jacob Phillips is Director of the Institute of Theology at St Mary's University, UK.


PUBLISHERS WEEKLY --The sure-footed latest hardboiled thriller from Brubaker and Phillips (Criminal) hits the ground running, delivering both style and substance in its sunny 1980s California setting. Ethan Reckless, a freelance fixer and odd-jobs man operating out of an old movie palace, gets a call from an ex-girlfriend that drags him back to his tangled past in the hippie counterculture. His attempt to help his ex recover stolen money brings him up against the FBI, the CIA, left-wing terrorists, plus old friends and enemies. Reckless is a quintessential noir hero, a jaded man who has countless secrets and a weakness for troublemaking women, and Brubaker and Phillips hit familiar beats with each plot twist and turn. An undercurrent of political commentary and judicious use of historical details, like the CIA's domestic spy program, lend welcome heft to the pulpy proceedings. Phillips drenches the pages in warm, saturated colors that provide an ironic contrast to the characters' shady doings. This slick offering from an über-talented team, the first in a series, promises good things to come. (Dec.)

"Twists abound and tension mounts as this first installment in a new ongoing series progresses, offering a fantastic introduction to a fascinating protagonist. VERDICT While obviously inspired by classic characters such as Travis McGee and Jack Reacher, Brubaker and Phillips's (Cruel Summer) Reckless transcends the creators' influences in this complex portrait of the heartbroken melancholy of a disillusioned idealist who can't quite give up on his fellow man." -Library Journal