Review – The Rinse #1

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I’m a huge fan of crime and noir comics and the neo-noir that’s going on has created a renaissance for us fans.  The Rinse #1 is BOOM! Studio‘s entry into the genre written by Gary Phillips whose no stranger to the style.  Crime/noir has a formula to it.  You have the main character who is a bit mysterious and walks a fine line between good and bad, some situation that unfolds where not everything is at it seems and a dame to be a distraction for the main character.  It’s all there, and boy is it entertaining.

SPECIAL $1 DEBUT ISSUE! Acclaimed crime novelist Gary Phillips (THE JOOK, VERTIGO’S ANGELTOWN and COWBOYS) returns to BOOM! with a new brand of crime! High finance and low-down greed rear their ugly heads as Jeff Sinclair, the premiere laundryman in San Francisco—and we’re not talkin’ wrinkled jeans and dirty gym socks—is unwillingly pulled into a dangerous gig laundering $25 million in stolen casino skim money. Forced to truly consider his line of work and the evil that he facilitates, Jeff must find a way to clean the cash and wash away his own sins. A grounded, gritty look at the world of money laundering in the vein of Elmore Leonard, THE RINSE is a modern crime classic in the making! For fans of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips’s CRIMINAL!

Jeff Sinclair is a likeable main character.  The man doesn’t walk with the angels and him working with bad guys in a morally ambiguous business like money laundering is a plot twist that makes the character stand out from other series.  What’s really enjoyable is his obsession with baseball.  It’s often referenced in his thoughts and there’s some actions of his regarding it, both of those adds depth to the character as well.  He’s much easier to relate to due to it.  The art by Marc Laming is solid enough and adds to the atmosphere of Philips’ writing.

There’s a lot of crime/noir comics on the shelves today and the good news is so many of them are quality.  The Rinse has enough original parts to it, that it stands out and gives us something we haven’t seen before and for $1 it’s more than worth giving a chance and checking it out yourself.

Story: 8.25 Art: 8 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

Story: Gary Phillips Art: Marc Laming Cover A: Francesco Mattina Cover B: Paul Azaceta

Publisher: BOOM! Studios Cost: $1.00 Release Date: August 31

BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with an advance copy of this issue for FREE for review.