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Monthly Archives: September 2011

Due to ship in the next couple of weeks (we think first Wednesday in October), The Rinse, due to some seriously plugging on my behalf, is now the fourth most Subscribed to title on my standing order list. Plus lets not forget that anyone picking up the first three issues will be entered into the draw to win the original piece of art by Marc Laming, currently on display in the shop.

Some of the comments that customers have made have included ‘better than criminal’, ‘this is why I hate individual comics, having to wait for the next issue when the comic is this good’ and quite a few ‘put me down for the rest of the run’.

A quick review by Marc Hoffman, one of the shop regulars. Read More »

ABE SAPIEN DEVIL DOES NOT JEST #1 JOHNSON CVR $3.50
ANGEL & FAITH #2 STEVE MORRIS CVR $2.99
FINDER LIBRARY TP VOL 02 $24.99

ACTION COMICS #1 2ND PTG $3.99
ALL STAR WESTERN #1 $3.99
AMERICAN VAMPIRE #19 (MR) $2.99
AQUAMAN #1 $2.99
BATGIRL #1 2ND PTG $2.99
BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT #1 $2.99 Read More »

My apologies for the change of format for this weeks shipping list. I couldn’t get on the Diamond website for some reason. Therefore I’m not sure if this entirely correct, but it is the list of stuff due that I ordered

ANITA BLAKE CIRCUS DAMNED SCOUNDREL #1 (OF 5) (MR)
AVENGELYNE #3 CVR A LIEFELD
AVENGELYNE #3 CVR B GIENI
AVENGERS #17 FEAR
AVENGERS CHILDRENS CRUSADE #7 (OF 9)
BATMAN #1
BIRDS OF PREY #1 Read More »

As an original reader of the Wildstorm comics (from back when they formed part of Image Comics), Grifter was one of my favorite characters from the WildCATS team. On seeing that the character would be forming part of DC’s new 52 I hoped that a new lease of life would be granted to a comic that in the past had received solo outings, especially in light of the exceptionally poor pieces work produced by Wildstorm in its final years.

Unfortunately upon reading the first issue my hopes were dashed. The basis of the story would prove promising on paper; an ex-special ops turned con man is abducted and experimented on by unknown beings. However the first issue attempted to to cram all of this into the limited number of pages of the comic. Astonishingly one page half way through was devoted to recapping the events in the opening pages.
 
The dialogue is poor and far too grammatically correct to read as though someone is talking. The experiment performed by the beings leave Grifter with the ability to hear their thoughts and even the thoughts of these non humans leaves a lot to be desired.
 
I would like to say that the artwork makes up for the lousy writing but it is of an amateur standard and really adds nothing to an overall disappointing production by DC. If the new 52 was supposed to be about quality then DC has missed the mark here.
In my opinion if the first few issues of the comic told the story of one of the Grifter’s cons which turns bad when the victim turns out to be one of the previously mentioned beings would have been a much better introduction to the DC universe.
 
Personally I expect I ‘ll continue to pick up each issue out of devotion, but I expect it to go the way it has in the past and will be cancelled after 12 issues.
 
Paul Yates

BALTIMORE CURSE BELLS #2 $3.50
BTVS SEASON 9 FREEFALL #1 CHEN VAR CVR $2.99
BTVS SEASON 9 FREEFALL #1 MORRIS CVR $2.99
CRIMINAL MACABRE NO PEACE FOR DEAD MEN (ONE SHOT) $3.99
DOCTOR SOLAR MAN OF ATOM #8 $3.50
DOLLHOUSE EPITAPHS #3 (OF 5) PHIL NOTO CVR $3.50
STAR WARS OLD REPUBLIC #4 (OF 5) LOST SUNS $3.50
TUROK SON OF STONE #3 $3.50

AMERICAN VAMPIRE SURVIVAL OT FITTEST #4 (OF 5) (MR) $2.99
BATMAN AND ROBIN #1 $2.99
BATWOMAN #1 $2.99
DEATHSTROKE #1 $2.99
DEMON KNIGHTS #1 $2.99
FRANKENSTEIN AGENT OF SHADE #1 $2.99
GREEK STREET TP VOL 03 MEDEAS LUCK (MR) $14.99
GREEN LANTERN #1 $2.99 Read More »

Many a shop regular must have heard me on my soap box going on about artists that think they can write. Tony Daniel has been one of the chief contributors to these rants. I have frequently been less than complimentary about his run on Batman, not because it was bad, but because it wasn’t up to scratch for such a flagship title. Mind you Morrison had sucked on it before Daniels, but that’s another of my bugbears, the ability of ‘superstar’ writers to frequently churn out incomprehensible rubbish, whilst relying on previous great work to keep getting top gigs.
I’d been telling everyone to jump on board Batman now that Snyder had been moved on to it and possibly to steer clear of Detective. Well, for now at least, folks, you can pick up Detective and be guaranteed that you’ll want to see what comes next. Read More »

Monday 25th July
Liam Johnson 6-0
Luke Hawkins 5-1 (+18)
Eric Coughley 5-1 (+2)
Micky Kempson 4-2 (+12)
Tony Alves 4-2 (+10, +24)
Sam Pearson 4-2 (+10, +22) Read More »

KULT #2 (OF 4) $3.50
LITTLE LULU GIANT SIZE TP VOL 04 $24.99
SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN TP VOL 10 $19.99
STAR WARS DARK TIMES OUT O/T WILDERNESS #2 (OF 5) $2.99
USAGI YOJIMBO #140 $3.50

ACTION COMICS #1 $3.99
ANIMAL MAN #1 $2.99
ASTRO CITY LIFE IN THE BIG CITY TP NEW ED $17.99 Read More »

Missing from this list = 25 July, 8th August
Will Post Them Tomorrow
Monday 18th July
Ollie Stockman 5-1 (+12, +42)
Dan Browning 5-1 (+12, +34)
Sam Pearson 5-1 (+8)
Liam Johnson 5-1 (+1)
Abbi Froude 4-2 (+10)
Luke Hawkins 4-2 (+8) Read More »

Monday 27th June
Sam Pearson 6-0
Micky Kempson 5-1 (+12)
James Warrener 5-1 (+8)
Craig Tinham 4-2 (+8)
Ben Waghorn 4-2 (+6) Read More »