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Supercrooks - Book One: The Heist" UK Ireland
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 1 November 2012
Why would you be a super-villain in America? The place is teeming with superheroes. If you're a bad guy who sets up shop stateside, you're asking to be nicked. So if you're a super-villain looking for cash, how about heading to Spain to rob one of the richest super-villains there ever was? This is the premise of "Supercrooks", a heist adventure with super-villains (bad guys with powers).

The book started quite slow for me. It read like every heist story, especially Ocean's 11, with the "old team" getting back together "for one last job" breaking into an "impossible" vault. Yes there are superhero elements that crop up here and there but for the first two-thirds of the book it's mostly heist-stuff I'd seen before. And then we got to the final third.

This final part is what redeems the book entirely. This is a heist unlike any you've ever read or seen before. It's exactly like if Ocean's 11 were played out by the X-Men but spiced up with Millar's black humour. There are a pair of Wolverine-esque super-villains whose ability to regenerate plays a big part in the heist - and that sequence is utterly hilarious. Things get better when you think "uh-oh damsel in distress trope being used" as Millar uses the super-villain angle to once again subvert the reader's expectations. Simply put, the last 40 pages turn this into a brilliantly funny and inspired heist adventure shot through with some excellent visuals from Leinil Yu.

"Supercrooks" is being developed into a movie and, based on this book, it's going to be bloody good fun. This is an original take on an overused formula - fantastic stuff, as usual, from Mark Millar.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The four-issue `Super Crooks' mini-series by Mark Millar and Leinil Yu is collected as Supercrooks - Book One: The Heist" UK Ireland. This is so obviously a take on `Ocean's Eleven' that there is no point in anyone hiding it. It is a well-written and illustrated take, and with the added ingredient of superheroes/villains, rather than ageing Hollywood actors. It has a beginning, middle and end, and a pre-credit introductory scene for the main character. There's not much else to say, really. The extreme violence and bloodsplatter is toned down a bit compared to some Millarworld productions, but it is basically a comicfan wish-fulfilment story, with a fast-talking lead out to get the girl and help an old friend while double-crossing the bad guy (who looks like Michael Gambon). It is one of those `if you like that sort of thing, then this is the sort of thing you'll like' books. I much preferred the The Secret Service - Kingsman, which was much more witty.
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on 29 August 2013
This is literally what Mark Millar is since he distanced himself from publishers to do his own thing. It's not as good as Kick-Ass, but it's an example of him coming up with a fairly simple idea, getting himself a world-renowned comic artist and executing it in very "Millar" style. If you've ever read a book by him, you know the gist, pop culture references, heavy cursing and general crudeness. It can get old here and there, but his dialogue genuinely is closer to reality than most in modern comics.

I enjoyed this book, and I've seen it described as "lazy" and "unoriginal", which I don't think it is. I think Millar genuinely believes in every idea he has, and he does have some pretty good ones. But he's now stuck in a rut of doing these "what if" stories and it's getting tiresome to many. Also, with him being so prominent lately, I feel this book was heavily overshadowed by his other projects and so it's destined to be forgotten along with the likes of Nemesis.

It's not his best or his worst, but I do like heist fiction, and it was interesting to see a superhuman version. I like the art and most of the writing is solid, if a little too familiar to those who have ever read more than a page of Millar's work. He seems so set on treading new ground that he's actually just treading water.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 21 November 2012
Long gone are the days when Mark Millar could write something that was either (a)interesting or (b)exciting. Those days are loooong gone. So its a c-grade bunch of heroes doing an ocean's 11, or 12 or whatever the hell it is now. It has the typical trademarks about any recent mark millar comics - poor dialogue which seems aimed at the teenage market because its cool to do stupid things in a big way. Due to having his own imprint, millar suffers from a lack of editor, someone needs to reign him in from time to time because it does tend to make his writing a whole lot better if he doesn't have the keys to the kingdom.

So our bunch of lovable rogues rip off a super criminal, the biggest, baddest one in existence to pay off a debt for an old friend who has landed himself in trouble. The most original thing about the book is the setting - in Spain rather than America. Gee wizz what an original thought eh? Thus we have the usual bad jokes, scenes meant to shock (ie appeal to a teenage audience) and then a grand stand finish of lazy proportions. Written on auto pilot with a film in mind no doubt. The sell out continues in order to make a buck or two.
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on 22 May 2013
I think the best abstract for this one is the one in the back of the comic "Ocean's eleven meet X-men". That define the spirit and is very amusing, Millar usually make thing interesting and in this case the drawing is correct.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
If you're looking for something that blends superheroes with Oceans 11 then you really have to get this cracking Mark Millar Graphic novel that waves an intricate plotline alongside cracking artwork in a high octane thrill ride to obtain millions of dollars from a retired super villain. Its got everything you'd want from some serious kickass heroes through to double dealing malicious thoughts that really keep you guessing throughout as to whom is playing who.

Back that up with great storytelling with solid prose and a cast of characters that were fun to be around which all round made this a real joy to read.
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on 28 March 2013
Art work fine, story fine and quite amusing if gory in parts. A nice spin on a classic movie story
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on 19 September 2014
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