Riley is an interesting character, lacking the truly hard-edged quality of past protagonists like Tracy Lawless.
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Instead, Brubaker presents Riley as a man torn between his present-day mob and familial loyalties and the friends of his far more innocent childhood years. This juxtaposition drives The Last of the Innocent. More than ever, Brubaker and artist Sean Phillips are clearly intent on telling a crime story that could only be done in the comic book medium.
Flashbacks to Riley's childhood are presented via a series of nostalgic, Archie-style comic strips. These strips add a great deal of flavor to the script, bringing visual variety, fleshing out the main cast, and adding an extra layer or two of subtext to the proceedings.
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Picture a more ambitious version of the "Frank Kafka, Private Eye" strips from earlier in the series. Brubaker has said this book will also act as a commentary on Fredric Wertham's infamous book The Seduction of the Innocent and explore the impact of comics and crime fiction on the young. This aspect of the story only barely becomes apparent in issue 1, but I'm plenty intrigued to see how it plays into future chapters.
Perhaps more than any previous arc, Phillips is really allowed to cut loose with his art and play with his pages. Naturally, the nostalgic flashbacks segments feature a far cleaner and more simple style than Phillips' usual shadowy and grimy panels. But even the present day portions of the book carry a unique visual tone given that this story takes place outside of the confines of Center City. This visual divide between somber funeral scenes, cheerful flashbacks, sunlit streets, and dark rooms where darker deeds are plotted truly sets the series apart. Enlarge cover. Error rating book.
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