Hey all, X here with a new try at an old idea. Instead of doing my regular, long-winded reviews, I'm going to revert to a revamped version of my old Quick Thoughts posts... If I like the way these first few Quick Thoughts style posts come out, I'll probably stick with them until things slow down a bit in my personal life and I can go back to my usual reviews. If I don't like the way these reviews come out, then it's back to the drawing board. Alright, let's get this show on the road!
What Happened: Cole Cash, a small-time conman(hence the name Grifter), is grabbed off the street by some freaky creatures and they try to do some sort of experiment on him. The experiment doesn't seem to work out perfectly, and Cole is left with some telepathy that allows him to read the minds of the freaky creatures. The freaky creatures(who seem capable of body-snatching) try to recapture Cole, while he tries to stay a step ahead of them. To add to Cole's troubles, his brother Max is a military man who has been tasked with bringing Cole(who the government thinks is a terrorist) in.
The Good: This comic did a WAY better job of introducing us to the lead character than Static Shock #1 did. We learn about Grifter's background(smalltime conman), we learn how Grifter got his powers(freaky creatures) and we get introduced to the duel threat Grifter will be dealing with(the freaky creatures and Grifter's own brother). You can't ask for all that much more from a first issue about a character I know next to nothing about.
The Bad: Gah, what is up with those Wolverine-esque sideburns on Grifter?! They were horrible... Besides that, there really wasn't enough time to develop any kind of real relationship between Grifter and his partner Gretchen(lovers perhaps?), nor between Grifter and his brother to get an emotional attachment to Grifter losing Gretchen or to Grifter being hunted down by his brother.
The Verdict: I liked this issue. It was a good, strong, solid start. There was some mystery, like who/what those creatures were and why Grifter seemed to get powers from them, and the eventual confrontation between Grifter and his brother should be heated(you'd think). I definitely won't be dropping this one yet.
Score: 7 1/2 out of 10.If I were to find myself in a similar situation, I think my response would be close to Grifter's, but with a lot more profanity and sobbing...