Bad Weekend by Ed Brubaker

Bad Weekend

JUST IN TIME FOR CONVENTION SEASON-the ultimate comic con crime tale!Comics won't just break your heart.Comics will just kill you.Hal Crane should know, he's been around since practically the beginning. Stuck at an out-of-town convention, waiting to receive a lifetime achievement award, Hal's weekend takes us on a dark ride through the secret history of a medium that's always been haunted by crooks, swindlers, and desperate dreamers.BAD WEEKEND-t...

Details Bad Weekend

TitleBad Weekend
Release DateJul 16th, 2019
PublisherImage Comics
GenreSequential Art, Comics, Graphic Novels, Mystery, Crime, Fiction

Reviews Bad Weekend

  • Sam Quixote
    Set in 1997, Jacob is asked to chaperone his former mentor, comics legend Hal Crane, around a convention where he will be given a lifetime achievement award. Sounds straightforward enough, eh? Except Hal is an embittered old drunken wreck whose increasingly reckless, unhinged behaviour lands him and Jacob in one sketchy situation after another! Will they get through the Bad Weekend in one piece? Much to my, and other fans’, delight, Ed Brubaker...
  • David Schaafsma
    Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips put the con back in comic con! Or more correctly, they show you that deceit, back-stabbing, and drunken thievery even at the highest levels of comics fame was always there. As with their The Fade Out, that manages to successfully achieve both nostalgia and expose the dirty "secrets" we all now know about the film industry, Bad Weekend, a gorgeous hardcover compiled from just two issues of the new Criminal (2019) run,...
  • James DeSantis
    Bad Weekend is issue 2-3 of the new criminal but it's confusing as I wonder where the hell issue 1 went. Anyway, this is still great. So this is a story about a retired comic artist who basically transformed from a kind man to a asshole. So basically Alan Moore. Now that he is crabby and annoyed at life he is forced to go to a comic con with his old assistant, Jacob. Jacob is not enjoying much of his time with his old mentor but he does what he m...
  • L. McCoy
    I have yet to read a Brubaker and Phillips story I don’t like.What’s it about?Hal is a washed up, old comic book artist. He’s very out of touch, depressed, angry, addicted to alcohol and even violent at times. Jacob (another artist who used to be an assistant for Hal) is given the job of making sure Hal doesn’t do anything too crazy and actually makes it to things at a comic con that Hal is a guest at. Well shit gets quite crazy as things...
  • Dave
    Bad Weekend is a graphic novel that pays some serous homage to the comics can industry, its tortured artists, and the crazy fans. A famed company c writer from yesteryear has little understanding of today's fans, comic conventions, and the price of fame. Hal, instead, is a bit twisted over the imagined or real theft of his art. Cantankerous, nasty, but a true artist.
  • Ed
    Every time I read a book by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, I wonder why I ever read anything else. Jacob Phillips’s coloring is getting fantastic, too. There’s a few panels in this with colors that will just knock your damn socks off.
  • Rory Wilding
    Comic books are fun, there is no denying that. It’s a medium not just about superhero-themed shared universes, but also a place where anyone can tell any story they wish, as proven with creator-owned works from Image and the recently-cancelled Vertigo imprint. However, from the very beginning to even now, there has always been a shadiness within the comics industry where creators have been screwed over. If you are well-versed in comics history,...
  • Chris
    Weirdly my first thought was "What the hell does Ed Brubaker know about old school comics?"Despite having met him at a convention, in my head he's this gritty, disheveled looking private detective hanging out in sleazy bars, trying not to get his fingers broken. If you could typecast a writer, that's my mental image of him.So, it's really cool to read a story that hits a lot closer to home for both Brubaker and Phillips. It's the kind of story th...
  • Adam Stone
    I never got into Brubaker's Criminal, Vol. 1: Coward series, despite the praises of many of my trusted comic-fan friends. I loved his work within the Batman Universe, and his work for Marvel, but neither Criminal nor Incognito hooked me in.This is the second Criminal spin-off that I've loved. My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies was another Five Star book for me.This volume deals with art theft, involving a mid-20th century newspaper cartoonist. I'...
  • Mars Dorian
    An incredible spin-off(?) in the Criminal series, which also works as a standalone, which is the case for all the books in Criminal.I don't want to write about the story; everyone else does that already. I just want to say that the focus on the comic book world is incredible and seamlessly blends into crime, who would have thought? Brubaker's writing is an odd mix of social satire, detective noir, and pulp fiction but with a sophisticated twang. ...
  • Theediscerning
    Hmmm… A "Criminal" book without much crime in it, would be, well, criminal, but that's pretty much the case here. What crime there is seems utterly, utterly inconsequential as well, leaving this a story about regret, the fact everyone gets usurped by a younger person whether they like it, tell them to quit the industry or neither, and of course comics. Yes, this tale, which is not sordid, not sexy and definitely not criminal, takes place – wi...
  • Terry Mulcahy
    Can't say I really enjoyed it much. Basically, it's a setup to go to a Comic Con, make up a story about artists stealing each other's actual finished work, a brooding, alcoholic old comics creator, and a little violence. Not quite what I expected of Brubaker. It would work as perhaps the first installment of a great story to come later (it's only 72 pages after all). The twist at the end is not much of a twist, since there are over two pages of p...
  • Paul Allard
    Brubaker homage to the comic industry - entertaining This short comic book deals with a retired comic artist at a convention, bucking the system and searching for missing artwork. The story involves a few interesting characters with the writer’s usual dark/criminal goings-on. The creative team excel again and it’s entertaining and nicely done. Worth a look, especially if you’re fans.
  • Ramon
    There's a certain standard of quality with Brubaker/Phillips books, but this has a lil' added something, perhaps because of the connection to comics. Anyway, great work from both as usual; it's a funny book, and has some nice moments of emotion and sadness.
  • John
    Sometimes the subtle crimes are the worst. And sometimes they make for the best crime stories.
  • Jesse Richards
    One of the better of Brubaker/Phillips classic noir tales, which is saying a lot.
  • Kevin Mann
    Pretty good, I am always a Brubaker-Phillips fan, but I do have to admit this effort seemed a bit slight, at least in page count. It really needed one more issue of content after "ending"....i wanted to see the assistant sell the pages and be recipient of true noir twist ending, whatever that would be. On positive note, the numerous insights into Comic Book Industry, with composite profiles based on well-known Creator's lives, makes this highly u...
  • Rob Schamberger
  • Larakaa
    Quite meta but thought there would be more to it.