The GeeksverseGrifter #1

Grifter #1
Published on Wednesday, September 14, 2011 by

Written by: Nathan Edmondson
Penciled by: Cafu
Inked by: Jason Gorder
Colored by: Andrew Dalhouse
Lettered by: Wes Abbott
Cover Art: Cafu w/ Bit
Assistant Editor: Katie Kubert
Editor: Bobbie Chase

I’ve always liked Cole Cash. He was one of my favorites at Wildstorm. Loved the attitude and the history. Loved the name of Cole (cold) Cash. So I was extremely interested in seeing what he would be like in the new 52. Edmondson has done some good work, but limited, so was also interested to see how he would handle the spotlight brought on by being part of the new 52.

Edmondson is more then up to the task. This is a new take on Grifter, as far as we know. Nothing that we see in this issue ties into anything established in Wildstorm. It appears that the Wildstorm characters got pretty close to brand new origins. And for Grifter it works.

The story is well plotted. It jumps around in time, but flows smoothly. The pacing is excellant and the script is strong. Edmondson does a great job of making Cole come across as frantic and scattered, which he is. The thoughts he picks up are fractured, which gives the feel of static, like he’s not hearing them fully.

I like how Edmondson is setting everything up in this issue of how Cole becomes Grifter. We see why he earns the name, we see where the iconic mask (which I never have been a big fan of) comes from. We also learn alot about Cole through conversations. We get the feel that he’s one of those guys that things just never work out for.

There’s also a mystery here that looks pretty interesting. Who/what are these demons (aliens?)? What did they want Cole for and what did they want the others for?

The set up is also very nice. We know that Cole isn’t crazy, but anyone else he encounters won’t know that. It gives the series a “fugitive” kind of tone. Cole will always be on the run and alone. How long before he really does go crazy.

The art by Cafu is top notch. Nice layouts and excellant storytelling. The scene where Edmondson brings the flashback back into the present is well done and paced and Cafu does well in changing the views up slightly.

Grifter #1 receives
4.5 out of 5

Even though there’s not much (if anything at all) between this Grifter and the original, as a fan of the character I’m liking the new.

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