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Preview – The Rinse #4

THE RINSE #4

Written by Gary Phillips
Drawn by Marc Laming
SC, 32pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
COVER: Paul Azaceta
Diamond Code: OCT110930

Acclaimed crime novelist Gary Phillips (THE JOOK, VERTIGO’S ANGELTOWN and COWBOYS) returns to BOOM! with a new brand of crime! The stage is set. The pieces are in place. But time is running out for Jeff Sinclair as the first arc of the smash hit series THE RINSE comes to a close! Steve Maxon, the kingpin of Vegas, has come to San Francisco in search of his stolen casino skim money, and he ain’t happy. The stakes have never been higher — will Jeff be able to pull off the rinse…or will he die trying? 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’ CRIMINAL!

Pick of the Week – Animal Man #3

Animal Man is one of the messed up and weird series from DC.  It definitely draws it’s roots more from Vertigo than the happy go-lucky DC universe of the past.  The mix of hero and family man is fantastic and it’s one of the leaders of DC horror right now.  An amazing series that seems to tie into Swamp Thing which also is on the list.  A creepy series that I’m drawn to as a must read.  I’ve expanded the pick list this week because there’s some great stuff.

  • Animal Man #3 – see above
  • Swamp Thing #3/American Vampire #20 – Scott Snyder is one of the best writers out there right now and the man knocks it out of the park.  I lumped these two together because they’re both by him and both fantastic.
  • The Last of the Greats #2 – Machiavelli done super hero.
  • Cold War #2 – It’s a James Bond/Cold War/Spy Thriller, aka awesome.
  • Peanuts #0 – It’s Peanuts!  How can you not be excited by this.
  • Our Love is Real  – I read it and holy shit is it weird.
  • Uncanny X-Men #1 – The first issue of Wolverine’s team last week was awesome.  I expect nothing less from this series.
  • The Rinse #3 – I love crime comics and noir, this one isn’t the best, but very entertaining.

Preview – The Rinse #3

THE RINSE #3

Written by Gary Phillips
Drawn by Marc Laming
SC, 24pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
COVER: Paul Azaceta
Diamond Code:SEP110891

Acclaimed crime novelist Gary Phillips (THE JOOK, VERTIGO’S ANGELTOWN and COWBOYS) returns to BOOM! with a new brand of crime! The rinse is spiraling out of control for money launderer Jeff Sinclair — not only have his clients flown the coop, but he is also caught in the crosshairs of both IRS agent Della Dash and the menacing casino henchmen tracking down the stolen cash. Jeff only has three options left: get arrested, get killed…or pull off the biggest rinse of his life. 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’ CRIMINAL!

BOOM! Studios Review – The Rinse #2, Irredeemable #30, Snarked #1

The Rinse #2

The first issue of The Rinse was a solid outing.  It brought us into the world of money laundering and what could easily become a convoluted and complicated explanation of the world and what it entails instead was boiled down into a simple, easy to understand explanation.  Instead we’re given Sinclair who is dragged into a game that might be out of control hiding now from both the mob and the government.

What I’ve really liked about the first two issues is that on top of the action and all that’s going on, there’s still a focus on Sinclair.  He’s a pretty fleshed out character with lots of small details and quarks making another noir character stand out a bit from the pack.  The second issue also expands upon his world, dragging in friends and giving us a hint as to how Sinclair entered and got involved in the world of money laundering.

The art is solid and adds to the feel of the comic quite well.  The art doesn’t blow me away or having that gritty feel you sometimes get with crime comics, but instead reminds me more of something you’d find in a 70s cop show.  That’s not a knock at all, I really do enjoy the look and feel.

My one issue is there are a lot of moving parts to the series.  That means a lot of characters and a lot of sub-plots.  Reading each issue on their own I found myself having to go back and remember who was who and how everyone was connected.  It’s not so bad that you need a vendiagram but I wonder if the series would read better as a trade.

If you enjoy crime and noir comics, The Rinse is a solid series to add to your reading pile.

Writer: Gary Phillips Art: Marc Laming Publisher: BOOM! Studios

Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Buy

Irredeemable #30

Irredeemable is a series that really should be getting more attention than it does.  For thirty issues Mark Waid has been exploring what it means to be a hero and the fine line they walk between doing good and abusing power.  While the main focus and driver of the series is Plutonian, it’s the larger cast that many of the questions surround.  There’s really three parts to this issue.

The first focuses on Survivor and the fact that there’s a third brother.  We get to meet him and Survivor confronts him on the fact that as three brothers they had enough power to stop Plutonian from his attack on the world.  The twist is, as one brother dies the power is transferred to the remaining ones.  So, Survivor is left with a quandary, if his brother won’t help, should he just kill him, take his power and then take on Plutonian himself?

The second involves Plutonian who for all of the destruction he has caused, is actually protecting some.  There’s definitely a lot more to him than just being a super hero gone nuts, but we knew that.  It’s interesting how a character who has killed millions can then turn around and protect one.

The final part focuses on the U.S., Japan and China’s response to the return of Plutonian.  A pact has been made and there has been talk of sacrificing billions to save millions.  We get a sense of where that’s all going towards the end.

Mark Waid continues to explore this world and the difficult decisions that are made.  I’d say that this is another post apocalyptic story, but that doesn’t do the series justice.

Writer: Mark Waid Art: Diego Barreto and Damian Couceiro Publisher: BOOM! Studios

Story: 8 Art: 7.75 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Snarked #1

It would be easy to dismiss Snarked as a kids comic book by Roger Langridge has put together a comic book series that’s enjoyable by adults and children alike.  The series plays on the fantasy world set up by Lewis Carroll in that it involves folks like the Walrus and the Carpenter and Red Queen.

There’s a lot of humor in the comic and it still reminds me of old Popeye cartoons.  The feel and tone is fun and light hearted even with the scheming villains never truly coming off as scary.  The first issue focuses on the Walrus and Carpenter and Princess Scarlett who must seek the two out at the behest of the Cheshire Cat.  But there’s individuals who plot to take over the crown themselves.

The art is solid and there’s enough jokes and winks throughout that the comic is entertaining for adults and I can see kids enjoying it too.  I always have to throw props around to a comic that’s fun for an entire family.

Writer: Roger Langridge Art: Roger Langridge Publisher: kaboom!

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

BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with FREE copies for review

New Releases From BOOM! Studios! – 10/5/11

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10/5/11 Releases!

ROGER LANGRIDGE’S SNARKED #1
FIRST ISSUE! Roger Langridge is back! The Harvey Award winner behind THE MUPPET SHOW and THOR: THE MIGHTY AVENGER returns for an all new side-splitting adventure that can only be explained as…SNARKED! Journey with Langridge as he pulls the carpet out from under such Lewis Carroll classics as The Walrus and The Carpenter, Through the Looking Glass, and The Hunting of the Snark, creating an all new world of humorous grandeur. Join Princess Scarlett as she and her baby brother Rusty outwit the villainous royal advisors and team up with the infamous Walrus and Carpenter to set sail in search of their father, the Red King, who has been lost at sea for six months. It’s a rip-roaring industry event you won’t want to miss, featuring connecting covers by Roger Langridge, and a special 1:10 THOR:THE MIGHTY AVENGER homage variant by fan-favorite Chris Samnee!
THE RINSE #2
Acclaimed crime novelist Gary Phillips (THE JOOK, VERTIGO’S ANGELTOWN and COWBOYS) returns to BOOM! with a new brand of crime! Money launderer Jeff Sinclair has $25 million in stolen casino cash that must be cleaned — whether he likes it or not! But with grisly Vegas enforcers breathing down his neck, and his legitimate (and not-so-legitimate) resources drying up, not to mention IRS agent Della Dash anticipating his every move, will Jeff survive long enough to initiate the rinse? 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’ CRIMINAL!
STAN LEE’S THE TRAVELER #11
STAN LEE’S THE TRAVELER #11 (LIMITED EDITION)
With the horrific plans of The Inheritors finally revealed, it’s up to the Traveler and Soldier Zero to find the source of their power before the entire planet is sucked into the cataclysmic fray! The crossover event of the year continues as Tom Peyer joins comic book icons Stan Lee and Mark Waid to bring you more time traveling mind benders!
28 DAYS LATER: GHOST TOWN VOL.5
After everything that has happened, Selena has London in her sights. But what is waiting for her there? Is there a part of her past lurking in the shadows, capable of destroying all she has worked for? The series that connects 28 DAYS LATER to 28 WEEKS LATER continues here!
DARKWING DUCK: F.O.W.L. DISPOSITION VOL. 3
“Revenge” is a dish best served cold, but “Double-Cross” turns out to be a dish best served…with duck? In this epic installment of the Disney Afternoon juggernaut, nothing is as it seems…or is it? Tune in and find out as Part 3 of Darkwing Duck’s “F.O.W.L. Disposition” charges on!
DEFINITIVE IRREDEEMABLE VOL.1
First time in a deluxe slipcase oversized hardcover edition! A gorgeous definitive edition of the acclaimed fan-favorite juggernaut! The first twelve issues of the ongoing superhero series from Mark Waid all in one collection! IRREDEEMABLE took the comic industry by storm in 2009 and is now celebrating its second year. With nothing like it on the market, Mark Waid’s IRREDEEMABLE has been a recipient of multiple Eisner and Harvey Award-nominations. If you are a long time fan of the series or someone who has been sitting on the fence, the DEFINITIVE IRREDEEMABLE EDITION is the book for you. So don’t miss your chance to dive into the series that dares to ask the question: what if the world’s greatest hero decided to become the world’s greatest villain?
FARSCAPE: RED SKY AT MORNING VOL.5
Pilot’s home planet is under attack! The crew of Moya gets a close-up look at the world that birthed their trusted navigator. But Moya is not the only ship that has come to help. Aeryn gets a shocker when she sees who else is in their corner. Another red hot collection of the new ongoing FARSCAPE series written by the show creator Rockne S. O’Bannon!
GRANDPA WON’T WAKE UP
This is not the children’s book your mother read to you! Best known for TOO MUCH COFFEE MAN and I THOUGHT YOU WOULD BE FUNNIER, Eisner Award-winning talent Shannon Wheeler brings you this Li’l Golden parody that takes a look at the lighter side of discovering a cadaver in your living room. See what ridiculous lengths will be reached in trying to wake up Grandpa…and were those fishnets really necessary? A hilarious send up from new writing talent simon max hill and Shannon Wheeler! “
THE SHOW MUST GO ON TPB
Harvey Award Winner Roger Langridge has been lauded for his work on THE MUPPET SHOW COMIC BOOK, THOR: THE MIGHTY AVENGER, and his groundbreaking FRED THE CLOWN. This month while you are checking out his new KABOOM! series SNARKED, make sure you grab this collection of Langridge’s best, uncollected works. So come one, come all! Feast your eyes upon such marvels as Fred the Clown’s Flying Parsnip! See the Devil get outfoxed by the one and only Leppo! Behold the world’s greatest swordsman, the Kabuki Kid! Cower from our strobe-light-loving Undead Revue! Don’t miss the show-stopping song and dance of Frankenstein Meets Shirley Temple! All this and the first time all of his MUGWHUMP strips have been compiled under one cover! Don’t miss this capricious collection of uncollected comics from Roger Langridge!”

Preview – The Rinse #2

THE RINSE #2

Written by Gary Phillips
Drawn by Marc Laming
SC, 24pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
COVER: Paul Azaceta
Diamond Code: AUG110920

Acclaimed crime novelist Gary Phillips (THE JOOK, VERTIGO’S ANGELTOWN and COWBOYS) returns to BOOM! with a new brand of crime! Money launderer Jeff Sinclair has $25 million in stolen casino cash that must be cleaned — whether he likes it or not! But with grisly Vegas enforcers breathing down his neck, and his legitimate (and not-so-legitimate) resources drying up, not to mention IRS agent Della Dash anticipating his every move, will Jeff survive long enough to initiate the rinse? 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’ CRIMINAL!

Pick of the Week – Animal Man #2

I hero who struggles with the spotlight and his role?  One who has to balance his being a hero and his wife and kids?  Plus that ending of the first issue!  Animal Man was one of the top series of DC’s new 52 and here’s hoping the second issue is just as strong as the first.  This is where we’ll start seeing what rises and what falls in the new DC universe and judging on that first issue and the reaction from others, this is one that’ll be going the distance.

  • Animal Man #2 – see above.
  • Swamp Thing #2 – Scott Snyder is one of the top writers out there today and this series shows off why.  The first issue was a slow burn, as is his style, but to get me interested in this character I’ve never cared about is impressive.
  • Last of the Greats #1 – Joshua Hale Fialkov is one of those rising writers and this series shows why. You can read my (very) early review here.
  • X-Men: Schism #5 – This final issue is it and from here we’ll see a major change in the “X” universe.
  • The Rinse #2 – I love noir comics and this comic from BOOM! Studios isn’t at the top of the pile when it comes to that, but it is solid and the fact it outright tells you the main character is up to no good is different enough to get me very interested.

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.

New Releases From BOOM! Studios You’ll Go Ape For! Available Today!

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8/31/11 Releases!

HELLRAISER #4 (A)
HELLRAISER #4 (B)

One of the greatest horror franchises of all time returns, now under the control of its original creator! Clive Barker has touched HELLRAISER only twice: once to write THE HELLBOUND HEART, and once more to write and direct the original HELLRAISER film. Now witness Barker’s long-awaited return to tell a new chapter in the series’ official continuity—a trajectory that will forever change the Cenobites…and Pinhead! In this issue, Pinhead and Kirsty Cotton collide in a way that neither of them could possibly imagine. And when these two face off— no one is safe!

PLANET OF THE APES #5 (A)
PLANET OF THE APES #5 (B)

SPECIALLY PRICED $1 ISSUE. BRAND NEW ARC! On August 5th you’ll get to experience the RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES film, and BOOM! Studios wants you to get caught up on the critically acclaimed PLANET OF THE APES comic series that is taking comic fandom by storm! Buy issue #5 for $1 and get the trade of the first four issues for only $9.99. BOOM! makes it easier than ever to “Get your hands on these damn dirty Apes!”

THE RINSE #1 (A)
THE RINSE #1 (B)

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!

STAN LEE’S THE TRAVELER #10 (A)
STAN LEE’S THE TRAVELER #10 (LIMITED EDITION)

With the mysterious Inheritors blazing a destructive path through Earth, it’s up to the Traveler and Soldier Zero to set aside their differences and stop the cataclysmic carnage before it’s too late! The crossover of the year continues as critically acclaimed writer Mark Waid and Tom Peyer bring you more of Stan Lee’s latest superhero creations!

PLANET OF THE APES VOL. 1

SPECIALLY PRICED AT $9.99. On August 31st you’ll get to experience the RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES film, and BOOM! Studios wants you to get caught up on the critically acclaimed PLANET OF THE APES comic series that is taking comic fandom by storm! Pick up this trade for only $9.99 to read the first complete arc, and get issue #5 for only $1. Have you always wondered what happened before the original first five films? This is the trade to read and BOOM! Studios’ PLANET OF THE APES comic series is monthly must reading! Don’t miss out on what all your friends know already – that this is the one comic not to be missed. Now there is no excuse not to…get your hands on these damn dirty Apes!

Pick of the Week – Flashpoint #5

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It seems like a no-brainer as to what this week’s pick should be.  Flashpoint #5 gets this week’s honor as it ends DC’s solid summer event and we’ve been hinted that there’s more going on and at least one shocker remains at the end.  We also get DC’s relaunch as well which of course makes the list.  Flashpoint hasn’t been perfect, but it’s been a lot of fun and really has gotten DC to grow up and enter modern comic book storytelling full of action, over the top scenes and use of the real world, which makes it all relate-able.

  • Flashpoint #5 – see above
  • Justice League #1 – Hmm, art by Jim Lee?  That should be enough to get on the list, but this is one of the pillars of the DCnU.  Here’s hoping it lives up to the hype.
  • Uncanny X-Force #14 – Still in the Age of Apocalypse, still being pretty badass.
  • The Rinse #1 – BOOM! gets into the crime/noir genre with this solid entry.  I’ve been sitting on it for a bit to read, but expect a review.  It looks really good.
  • Any Empire – Top Shelf does quality and this beautiful book is an examination of war and violence, and their trickle-down effects on middle America.  Need I say more?
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