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Grifter, Vol. 1: Most Wanted (Grifter Vol. I #1)

3.19  ·  Rating Details ·  364 Ratings  ·  41 Reviews
As a part of the acclaimed DC Comics—The New 52 event of September 2011, Cole Cash is a charming grifter few can resist. And yet he's about to be branded a serial killer when he begins hunting and exterminating inhuman creatures hidden in human form–creatures only he can see!Can the biggest sweet talker of all time talk his way out of this one when even his brother thinks ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published July 31st 2012 by DC Comics (first published November 1st 2011)
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2.5 stars

I'm not sure about you, but when I think about grifters, I always imagine someone who's able to charm the pants off of the vast majority of the population.
Otherwise, how would they ever be able to run their cons?
Sure, they may have a smarmy streak to them, but on the whole they have to be likable enough to take folks in.
I never saw that character trait in Cole (aka the Grifter).
In fact, I never saw him con anyone. The only thing he seemed to do well was get his ass kicked, whil
Sam Quixote
Nov 16, 2012 Sam Quixote rated it it was ok
Cole Cash is Grifter, a former Special Forces operative now taken to grifting as a way of life. Donning a red handkerchief with black mascara streaks for a mask, he’s bafflingly considered “The World’s Most Wanted Man” after foiling an airborne alien plot to bring down a plane. The aliens – Daemonites – can, Triffids-style, become one with human hosts, controlling them like puppets and are – duh duh duuuuuuuuuh – planning to take over the world! Only, ahem, a “superhero” like Grifter can apparen ...more
May 23, 2013 Laurel rated it liked it
I enjoy Nathan Edmondson's action/spy writing and this book demonstrated several of his good character development qualities in his portrayal of Grifter's adventures. I felt an emotional connection to this character and rooted for him to succeed in each clever fly-by-the-seat-of-the-pants way he escaped from impossible situations.

However, the book veers into confusion half way through and doesn't recover. We also don't get enough details about Grifter's past and why he dons a red rag mask nor ar
Nicola Mansfield
Jul 24, 2016 Nicola Mansfield rated it liked it
Most interesting! I've never heard of Grifter and it took a bit for me to get into it. Then it got exciting and a bunch of connections were made. Green Arrow shows up and it seems his company , not him, is up to something with these aliens. Then later on Midnighter from Stormwatch comes to kill Grifter and save the alien secret. Finally, at the end, these aliens talk of the Kryptonian who they plan on turning to their mission against the humans since he is alien too. Those are just the connectio ...more
Mar 18, 2013 Kurt rated it it was ok
Recommended to Kurt by: Matt
My brother loaned me this book because we both like Nathan Edmondson's spy thriller comics (Who is Jake Ellis? Volume 1, Dancer) and DC's New 52 initiative is supposed to provide good jumping-on points for new readers. While there is a lot to like about this book, the whole is a kind of mediocre sum of its parts.

To start, I should note that I'm not familiar with this character from before the New 52 reboot, and I followed the story just fine. I gathered that some of the characters who boldly ann
Jun 24, 2013 Gavin rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
I should state that my first experience with Grifter came in the Flashpoint storyline, so I had very little knowledge of him/character. I thought this would be a good place to start, as I've been trying to read every title that came out of the New 52 movement. While there is potential to this character, it's just very ho-hum writing and lots of clichés trying to set him up as a loner on a mission...been there, done that, yawn. I did like the crossover into Green Arrow turf, but I would have enjo ...more
Jun 30, 2014 Jbainnz rated it really liked it
Before reading this I had no knowledge of Grifter, apart for his cameo in Flashpoint Paradox. I read a lot of not so great reviews on here, but lately I've found I disagree with most of them anyway so I gave it a go. I'm glad I did cause this was another solid read.

I have to say Cash Cole, aka Grifter has one of the coolest costumes that I've seen in a while. Just a red cloth with eye holes, so simple yet so effective. As a character I thought Nathan Edmondson did a great job at portraying a hum
Rick Hunter
May 24, 2016 Rick Hunter rated it liked it
Recommends it for: only diehard Grifter fans and people that don't care about a cohesive story
I just had a really nice 8 paragraph review written out that Goodreads glitched on & deleted when I tried to save it. GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!

I love Grifter. He's one of my all-time favorite comics characters. Because of that, I went into this book with my expectations way too high. Nathan Edmonson deleivers a really choppy story that never flows naturally. It feels like stuff is missing between pages in places. His story gets 2.5 stars.

The highlight of the book is the artwor
James Dunphy
Jan 29, 2014 James Dunphy rated it it was ok
When DC rebooted their universe, they melted parts of their Wildstorm imprint universe into the new DCU. Basically, DC imported elements of the 90's WildC.A.T.s team (Grifter & Voodoo), Stormwatch (Midnighter), and Wildstorm's largest villains - the Daemonites into the DCU.

I have no experience reading a lot of Wildstorm stuff as a lot of it seems to be before my day as a comic reader, so I went into Grifter needing to do a lot of online history reading. Still, 8 issues later I cannot for the
Jerod Batte
Feb 08, 2013 Jerod Batte rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Grifter might appreciate this relaunch of the character as a DC mainstay (I hope).
I have to admit, much to my chagrin: I was never really interested in WildC.A.T.S. or anything having to do with the WildStorm universe, though I did keep tabs on things at WildStorm (prior to the WildStorm/DC Comics merger, back when WildStorm was an Image Comics imprint) for one reason and one reason only: Jim Lee was, in my estimation, the patron saint of comic artists. Not Joe Kubert, not John Romita (Junior or Senior), not even the Great and Powerful Jack Kirby or the romantic Steve Ditko. ...more
Mar 02, 2013 Craig rated it it was ok
Picked it up when I saw it on the shelf at my library. I didn't know who the Grifter was, but the "New 52" grabbed my interest. Eight issues later, I still don't know who the Grifter is and I'm not sure I really care to know more. This was one of the duller collections of comics I've read recently. The art is nice, but the story is pretty run-of-the-mill, nonstop action, with very little in the way of character development. If you read some of the other one- and two-star reviews here, they'll gi ...more
Apr 24, 2013 Cale rated it liked it
This is a weird one - I've only had peripheral experience with the character of Grifter from his Wildstorm days, so this new version didn't have as much baggage to work around. Grifter is kind of like Constantine, except without magic. A rogue that fights villains and heroes with equal aplomb. He's a loner who somehow ends up holding his own in battles that are above his weight class. In this volume, some of that is explained and he's set up against one of the Wildstorm villain types that carrie ...more
William Thomas
Sep 24, 2012 William Thomas rated it liked it
There really isn't much to say about this volume of Grifter, other than I'm glad they didn't turn him into a DC version of the Punisher. This is basically a continuation of Jim Lee's original WildCATS idea from '92, just without Lord Emp and Spartan and Maul. It's a fun book, but not worth re-reading at any point. I really wished they had given the art chores to Jae Lee, though. A lot of the work is really inconsistent.
Mar 25, 2013 Angela rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels, dc
The Grifter is aware of aliens. This starts off really well, the whole idea of only one man being able to tell who is alien, and everyone else thinks he's mad. Like the 'Invaders' TV show, this was very good. Then is just became a normal comic, and that was a shame. A decent read.
Feb 10, 2014 sixthreezy rated it liked it
Shelves: new-52, dc, swon-2014
Grifter is like the DC Punisher to me. I really enjoyed this because I liked Grifter's attitude and just plain, sort of anti-hero bubble about him. It was a pretty good surprise title that I wasn't really expecting much from. Definitely interested to read the next volume.
Aug 15, 2013 Magila rated it liked it
This was back and forth between being interesting and a little slow. I found the overall premiss enjoyable. I think the characters could have been drawn a bit more distinctly. I'm likely to try another installment in the future just the same.
Damián Vives
Sep 21, 2014 Damián Vives rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Una colección interesante desde el planteo y que, de alguna manera llega a funcionar mejor de lo que aparenta en una primera impresión. Los guiones son modestos pero el mapa que va dibujando despierta algún interés. Se deja leer.
Patrick Flanagan
May 15, 2014 Patrick Flanagan rated it liked it
Grifter is one of my favorite comic characters ever. I said it. You wanna fight about it?!
I like where they started going with the story but it didn't finish strong.
Having an older brother meant that I grew up in a house knowing that Jim Lee was a comic god. His artwork shapes how I react to comic art to this day. Since Jim Lee was such an important icon, I grew up on WildC.a.t.s. I knew who Grifter, Voodoo, Maul, Zealot and a host of other characters were before a select few ever popped up in the DC universe. Yes, back then a certain amount of parallels were common between WildC.a.t.s and X-men, but that will almost always be the case.
I was late to the who
Aug 02, 2013 Vanessa rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics, dc, modern-age
This is one of the New 52 titles I was the least interested in, because Grifter's part of the Wildstorm universe never really interested me. I've always thought Grifter was kind of a bland character, and this doesn't do much to change my opinion. His motivations are rather boring, as they revolve around background characters that the story doesn't really lead us to care for. I did think it was interesting that the con-man part of his back story is relevant. It actually shows Grifter being a grif ...more
Nov 08, 2012 Kevin rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
Cole Cash is Grifter an ex-special forces member who can hears strange voices before being attacked by people. He got this ability after being abducted during a con. His girlfriend, Gretchen, and brother soon get drawn into his struggle. Are these Daemonites real or all in his head?

The final question in my summary is one I'd wish they'd held onto for this whole volume. We know almost right away that they are and find out very little about them over the course of the volume. We also find out litt
Alex Sarll
The sort of SF/thriller hybrid that might just about work on the big screen, with someone nicely muscled but not too famous in the lead, always tends to feel underwhelming in a medium where you can't hear explosions.
Jake Prest
May 19, 2013 Jake Prest rated it it was amazing
Very good debut and reboot for Grifter...the action, story, and characters weave this story into the backbone of New 52, including Red Hood and the Outlaws, Teen Titans, JLI, and a few more. Grifter is not your average Wanted Man: his goal is to BE wanted to take down an alien organization, the Daemonites, who have taken everything from him. Cole Cash, our hero's human form, is Ex-Special Ops, has experience in weaponry, and must fight for his life as the Daemonties and his brother chase him fro ...more
Sep 29, 2015 Ola rated it really liked it
I like this story for some unknown reason. Perhaps 4 stars are a little too much, but I feel a need to compensate for all the bad reviews posted at Goodreads.

Grifter looks cool. The Daemonites are cool (just not in this comic) and Midnighter is cool... Clearly you should all like this comic.

(Yes he is not good at sweet talking. The two female characters are more or less identical. And he does not know what he is what?!?)
A little creepy and weird. Wonder what is going to happen now.
Ben Dueck
Jan 18, 2016 Ben Dueck rated it it was ok
Action packed, not a great story, bad guys are weird
Oct 08, 2014 Robert rated it did not like it
Who is this man and why did I waste my time with him?
Aug 19, 2013 Ithlilian rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
I came into this story fresh with no previous knowledge of the character. The alien possession and voices in the head storyline was not that intriguing, and the you killed my family member so now I am not afraid angle is getting repetitive. Not a real likable character, but everyone has to have a backstory I guess. I see just another gun toting guy with potential mind powers and reflexes out to kill some big bad threat. Not quite enough for me when there are hundreds of those types running aroun ...more
Apr 11, 2013 arjuna rated it it was ok
There's nothing I can say that Sam Quixote hasn't already. No real story, no internal consistency, never really gets going, nobody defined well enough to care about, and the admittedly cool-looking Daemonites aren't in it enough (and deserve better enemies). Not exactly memorable.

Carl Walker
Mar 27, 2014 Carl Walker rated it did not like it
Oh my. Starts off interesting enough, and then just goes completely off the rails b the second half, if not sooner. Characters and plot elements are added and subtracted with careless abandon. I imagine this is some of the famed New 52 editorial interference I read about so much on blogs. Definitely avoid.
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