Unlike any other comic I've read lately -- on the web or in print -- "The Good Crook" is a great read. Fueled by writer-artist Magnolia Porter's obsession with '70s New York gangster films (especially Scorsese), the comic successfully keeps one foot in hommage to the genre, and the other in slice-of-life, domestic comedy-drama -- no mean feat in any medium, and RARELY achieved in comics! The story focuses on the relationship between a Brooklyn waiter/wannabe gangster and his tough-talking, street-wise daughter, who's languishing in the custody of her upwardly-mobile mom. Porter really knows her world and characters, making them likeable and believable. The dialogue is absolutely terrific. On top of this is her fun, fluid and expressive drawing style -- which drew me to the comic in the first place -- and strong color sense. Her shading of the faces is sometimes a little too eccentric and jarring, but that's my only complaint about this standout comic.
... read it now!