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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 289

Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the comics posted so far!

Today we look at Scene of the Crime by Ed Brubaker, Michael Lark and Sean Phillips.


With just the creative team alone, you should know to pick up this story. I mean, come on, Brubaker, Lark and Phillips?!?! Do you seriously need to know more?

If you do, then I’ll just show you some from the first issue (penciled and inked by Lark).

Ed Brubaker wrote such a tight plot for Scene of the Crime, all you need to know about the story is shown in the first issue, in a compelling fashion. Check out the opening of the story…

The name of the series comes from Jack’s uncle, who runs an art gallery called Scenes of the Crime, because he is a famous crime photographer. Jack has an office in the gallery.

Through some nice detective work, Jack finds the woman, but things are more mysterious than they initially seemed, as we see as he talks to her (and we learn some of Jack’s back story)…

That’s a pretty awesome cliffhanger, isn’t it? Who wouldn’t want to read more of a story with that cliffhanger?

I should end here, but I figure it’s worth showing you some of the art where Phillips inked Lark (which he did on the other three issues of the series)…

Great stuff, right? Go pick up the trade, folks!!


I quite liked this one, although it makes me wish that Brubaker and Phillips were able to work on more of this type of… wait, never mind. :)

I remember reading something about this in another comic from the time – a brief introduction to it. Brubaker was writing about how it was his first attempt at noir and he hoped he did it well. Somewhat humorous, given the way his career has gone.

What a great mini series. I picked up the first issue just as I was getting back into comics in 98-99, and this was one of those books that really hooked me, and got me going into the comic shop every week. I was always disapointed that Bru and Lark never got around to doing another book with the characters, as I thought there was a lot of depth to them and potential for future stories, but this story stands on it’s own as a complete work so it’s hard to be too bummed out about it.

True, Chris, but with the brilliant work Brubaker and Phillips have done with their similarly styled Criminal, I don’t miss Scene of the Crime too much. But yeah, if Brubaker ever did a sequel, I’d certainly be thrilled.

I don’t know if it’s included in the trade, but the team did come back together for a story in DC’s 9/11 book.

From what I’ve heard, that 9/11 story is in the trade.

I hunted down the issues of this for quite a while. IIRC, I had 1, then got 3 and 4, maybe, then had to look for ages for 2 before I could read the rest. It’s been long enough I can’t remember the storyline, so I should reread this. Good stuff, of course.

I may have gotten this because I dug Deadenders. I need to find the rest of those issues (and the third Vertigo Winter’s Edge). Or maybe because I liked his Dead Boy Detectives mini.

Then again, I did pick up Detour #1 without having any idea who Brubaker was, and I dug that. It’d be cool if he drew some stuff again…

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I just bought the trade (used) after reading this entry. The trade contains a short story that was published in Winter’s Edge 2, it is called “God and Sinners: A Scene of the Crime Christmas Mystery”.

The main miniseries was fantastic, I couldn’t drop the book down.

I have the Vertigo Winter’s Edge 2, and forgot about the Scene of the Crime story in it. I had to check comics.org to confirm that I have an old man memory and that Enrique was correct.

But yeah, this was a good book.

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