I’m probably the wrong person to review Grifter #1. Popular opinion, both on the ‘net and among our writers, seems that Grifter is bad. I disagree: I think Grifter #1 is an exciting, genre bending superhero story the likes of which we rarely see on the shelves. One part The Parallax View, one part Invasion of the Body Snatchers and one part standard superhero tale, Grifter #1 poses a fascinating question – what would happen if you put a minor, street-level superhero in an old-school conspiracy thriller? Read on to find out…
Cole Cash is a con man. He’s a really good con man. He’s a con man who looks waaaaay too much like Sawyer from LOST. After a successful deal, on his way to the airport, he gets grabbed off the street by a glowing creature – and that’s the last thing he knows. Seventeen days later, he wakes up in a seemingly abandoned warehouse next to another creature, only now, he’s hearing voices. Now, he believes those creatures are stealing human bodies and wearing them, they’re invading Earth… and only he can stop them.
CAFU’s art is expressive but not quite as dynamic as it needs to be (and, seriously, lay off the Sawyer thing – it’s off-putting), while writer Nathan Edmonson errs on the side of understatement with his script, but all-in-all, Grifter #1 is a promising start. Most conspiracy thrillers start out slow, and this action-light issue is no exception, but Edmonson has a fantastic hook and a first issue that introduces the idea confidently and quickly. With a little bit of work, this could easily become one of the coolest titles of the relaunch, but it could just as easily devolve quickly into melodrama and camp. It’s difficult to predict how the book will turn out, but Edmonson and CAFU have crafted an interesting opener. There’s definitely an audience for whom this book will fall right in their sweet spots. I hope they have time to discover it.
– Cal Cleary