10 Best Ed Brubaker Comics Fans Must Read

No one does crime like Brubaker. Here's the best of the best by the master of modern crime comics.

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Ed Brubaker is comics’ master of crime. In a career so far spanning more than thirty years, he has worked on some of the industry’s biggest titles. From Batman to Sandman, Daredevil to The Authority, Captain America to Uncanny X-Men, Ed Brubaker has made his mark on all of them.

A passionate fan of crime fiction, Brubaker has turned standard superhero comics into dark, brooding studies of human nature and elevated, what could have been, forgettable stories into something gripping and memorable.

He wrote Batman: The Man Who Laughs - an iconic piece of Batman and Joker history - and also created a character that became central to the Marvel Cinematic Universe by making Bucky Barnes into The Winter Soldier.

But his output is in no way defined by the spandex clad crimefighters we all know and love. Alongside his creative partner, Sean Phillips, he has built a reputation as a legend of modern crime comics. A true auteur steeped in the tropes of crime fiction.

In a long and varied career, Brubaker has covered a lot of ground and written a lot of comics. But some stand out more than others and these are the cream of the crop.


Jonathan was formerly an editor at Titan Comics where he was the line editor on their Statix Press imprint and the editor on Doctor Who and Tank Girl among other titles. He has written for various anthology comics including SelfMadeHero’s The Corbyn Comic.