I don't like the kind of sexist angles of Criminal. A lot of the women aren't strong characters and, without sounding too femmy, they rely too much on the male characters and what's in their pants. It's like what Angela Carter said about Sade where the women are negative and the men are positive and through intercourse they electrify and the woman becomes worthwhile and significant. That's pretty much been every female character in the series.
Yeah you can say "ohh that's noir though" which isn't really the case in some places in the genre. Hammett and Chandler weren't really sexists and while they're femme fatales and stuff like that, that's not the only woman in their books.
woo! Completely slacked off on most of my work tonight!
Bendis...I tend to absolutely love everything he does BUT his 616 Marvel work. Hopefully not being bogged down in an event for a change will help, because I did really enjoy the first few arcs of New Avengers.
Art should be pretty great on all three.