The GeeksverseThe Rinse #1 – Advanced Review

The Rinse #1 – Advanced Review
Published on Monday, July 18, 2011 by

Written by: Gary Phillips
Art by: Marc Laming

The Rinse comes out in September but we were able to get an early look at it. It’s for order in the current Diamond’s Previews.

The story follows Jeff Sinclair, a professional money launderer. The opening sequance deals with Jeff explaining how he does what he does. What could have been extremely boring instead is very interesting. Phillips keeps the script light and moving, with Jeff’s voice keeping what could be almost text book reading easy to latch onto. It’s almost a step by step process and we’re shown each step as Jeff takes it. Phillips keeps the reader engaged with the dialogue.

We want to watch Jeff do his job, we want to learn how he does what he does. It doesn’t even matter that there’s no plot established at for the first 2/3s of the book. It doesn’t matter because Phillips keeps us wanting to read and learn more about Jeff. Even the little bit of personal touch, the baseball scene, works good as it broadens the scope of the story.

The plot, when it happens, moves quickly with Jeff rapidly getting in over his head. It all flows smoothly and we’d gotten enough to establish that Jeff isn’t a total crook, he has a soft side, so when he steps over the line it’s understandable because it fits into Jeff’s character. Which is a neat trick to pull off, considering that this is the first issue and Jeff’s character hadn’t had much time to get established.

The art by Laming is very nice. It’s got a familiar style but I can’t place it right now. For a noir-ish type story the art and coloring are fairly bright. Most noir comics go with a darker palette and more shadowed linework. But Laming goes for the opposite, and it helps open up the world. There’s a lightness to the artwork which takes a dark world and makes it brighter.

Laming’s got a good grasp of storytelling. The pages are well laid out and the action flows smoothly.

The Rinse #1 receives
4.5 out of 5

An excellant debut and I can’t wait to see where the story goes.

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