Who the hell is Grifter?
In the beginning (read: 1980), there was DC’s antihero, Slade Wilson, code name: Deathstroke, a mercenary physically enhanced by secret army experiments. Then, in 1992 came the Marvel antihero and physically enhanced, but also deranged, mercenary, Wade Wilson (no relation), code name: Deadpool. One year later came the Jim Lee-created DC anti-hero, Grifter. Grifter, like his two predecessors, possesses super powers, in his case psi powers, after being the subject of secret army experiments while in a black ops team. His code name? Deadeye.
What about the reboot?
Issue #1 appears to be a straight-up origin story, including the iconic donning-of-the-mask cliffhanger. What his special powers are hasn’t been entirely explained yet, but we do know he was part of a Delta Force team a decade earlier. Though I knew nothing about this character before reading this comic, enough was explained that I never felt lost and I had a good sense of the history and relationships.
How’s the story?
The story itself is compelling. There is plenty of action and, though the guy at Earth 2 said it felt like an Indiana Jones story, to me it feels more like a supernatural and less comedic Crocodile Dundee story... well, to a point. There is a lot going on in this book: various side plots, characters that seem important yet who are never explained, and a main character with a mysterious past. The structure includes some flash back, and if I were to try to explain the plot, it would feel very convoluted. Edmonson and Cafu, however, do a fantastic job of guiding us through this story and making it a digestible and, above all, fun read.
Should I pick it up?
Though I enjoyed it, I didn’t get as much of a thrill from this #1 as I did some of the others. If you want to take a chance, you won’t be disappointed, but, if you have to be picky, this may not be the comic for you.