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The Vinyl Underground, Volume 1: Watching the Detectives (The Vinyl Underground #1)

3.17  ·  Rating Details  ·  127 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
A fast-paced, ultra-cool ongoing crime-noir series, The Vinyl Underground is led by Morrison Shepherd, a D-list celebrity darling, soul DJ, and son of an ex-footballer. Fresh out of prison and off a nasty coke habit, Morrison is joined by a fellow ex-con named Perv, whose seizures give him clues to crimes long before the cops, and Leah, a gorgeous morgue assistant who lead ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published June 24th 2008 by Vertigo
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Oct 03, 2008 Denise rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
The premise was more interesting then the actual read. Seemed like the writers really didn't know where they wanted this story to go.
Sep 03, 2015 Paul rated it really liked it
If you like The Invisibles, then The Vinyl Underground can whet your Hipster Brittanic Magick Fixation.
Jun 29, 2012 Shelley rated it it was ok
I liked the premise and the art work is good, but too violent (and sexist) for me.
Jonathan Briggs
May 02, 2012 Jonathan Briggs rated it did not like it
Fresh off ruining the Timothy Hunter books (and if you can't write a decent comic while Neil Gaiman's holding yer hand, you're working with a serious talent deficit), Si Spencer launches the latest failure under DC's Vertigo imprint. I started hating this series on Page 3 where Spencer describes his hero, Morrison Shepherd, thus: "Serial shagger of Page Three Girls. Cocaine addict and pretty boy ex-con. ... All Stax-style and Motown mojo." Plus, people call him Mozz. Asshole. But no, actually I ...more
I like the crime genre, and I like graphic storytelling, so this series about a unlikely trio of amateur detectives working out of a closed Tube station in central London seemed right up my alley. Their leader is "Moz", a sharp-dressing D-list celebrity whose claim to fame is being the son of a beloved footballer and then having his wild sex and drugs antics fully documented in the tabloids (although he prefers rare Northern Soul to rock and roll). Supporting him are Callum, a semi-autistic blok ...more
Meh. Not anything amazing but worth picking up for a casual read if you can borrow it from a library or friend. Si is so obsessed with style over substance that he misses plenty of opportunities to write something with actual weight. Perv is introduced as autistic but nothing about his manner ever seems actually autistic. Juicy Lou seems like an interesting character who should be in another book.

The art is solid.
Bill Hsu
Jul 30, 2015 Bill Hsu rated it liked it
Re-read. Highly enjoyable, with its ragtag post-millenial London cast, hairpin turns, and overlay of London arcana. Of course it's not Neil Gaiman or Hellblazer (though Si Spencer had his own Hellblazer run). But Gang of Four wasn't the Rolling Stones either.
Matti Karjalainen
Jul 31, 2011 Matti Karjalainen rated it it was ok
Si Spencerin käsikirjoittaman ""The Vinyl Undergroundin"" suurimmat ansiot lienevät siinä, että se on tiettävästi ensimmäinen sarjakuva, jossa puhutaan toisen henkilön "facebookkaamisesta". Sarjakuvassa on potentiaalia, mutta äärimmäisen kiinnostavista aineksista (afrikkalainen voodoo, uusnatsismi, Thamesista löytyvä pää, sex & drugs & northern soul) ei saada koottua mitään sen ihmeellisempää kuin melko mitäänsanomaton Hellblazer-mukaelma. Lisäksi okkultistisia rikoksia ratkovissa päähen ...more
Jul 14, 2015 Anthony rated it liked it
Oh, Vertigo. You try so hard to be sexy, scary and counter-cultural. This was a fun read, but it's no Hellblazer.
Jan 19, 2016 Lauren rated it really liked it
Very cool Britannia.
Apr 03, 2009 Josh rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
pretty accurately described on the cover as "mod hellblazer" or something like that. This a series about a B-list UK celeb/mod DJ who privately starts an occult detective agency. he leaves Otis Redding 45's at every crime scene he solves. I have a problem with this.

Overly overt pop culture references are a bad thing. But the writing's not bad, and the art is appropriately not-ultra-modern. It looks like some late-80's stuff, and it suits the book well. 3 stars. review stop!
El Neo
Nov 17, 2014 El Neo rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
This was a fun read. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I'll keep-up with upcoming volumes.
Rachael Kauffung
Jul 01, 2008 Rachael Kauffung rated it it was amazing
"Sex drugs music magic and murder" with a tagline like that, how could I not buy it? And that was definitely no exaggeration. The comic was all that, and more. It takes those seedy elements and paints a picture of the human experience, even if it is on a completely unbelievable London backdrop. Perhaps its the unbelievable story line that reveals the humanness of the characters so well.

Suffice it to say I will definitely be buying more of these.
Victor Drax
Jul 10, 2012 Victor Drax rated it liked it
Es bueno, aunque un poco disperso. Tiene como que la necesidad de ser extravagante por el hecho de serlo; un héroe ex-cocainómano, una heroína que también es modelo porno, un experto en informática con un pasado de agresor sexual... son elementos que no terminan de encajar bien entre sí.

Dicho eso, es entretenido, lo suficiente como para seguir leyendo en el misterio de quién mató al pequeño imigrante y sustituyó sus ojos por diamantes.
eHawk rivera
Aug 30, 2010 eHawk rivera rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Very much in the line of other fun Vertigo titles, though I find magic and crime fighting pretty interesting. I like the backstory built into this, and that the thug in the group is not who you expect. It's a nice twist. This isn't the most earth shattering comic I've ever read, but it's highly enjoyable and sexy, which is something I can definitely look forward to.
Jun 26, 2008 Paul rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic
A fantastic novel with echos of Warren Ellis's Planetary and Grant Morrison's Invisibles. Set in London about a mismatched trio; DJ playboy, ex-con psychic, porn star / morgue assistant. Together they are attempting to solve the case of a severed head found on the bank of the Thames and how one of the groups ex-girlfriends father is implicated.
Dec 03, 2009 Sophie rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
Eh. That one didn't grab me at all. The characters all felt like the writer was trying too hard to be - funny, edgy? I don't know, I didn't connect to them at all (and even though this is the first issue, there should be some level of connection? I don't know). So I don't think I'll be reading more of that.
Feb 18, 2010 Lauren rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this and plan on getting the next one. Picked it up on a whim at the comic shop and like the mix of characters and what was happening. This ended on a bit of a cliffhanger, setting it up for the next one whilst also completing the case which was the basis of this book.
Gregory Gay
Somewhat interesting mix of music, magic, and crime in modern London. Definitely not a bad book, but it isn't overwhelmingly great either. Art is also a mixed bag.

Didn't hate it, but I don't know if I feel any particular reason to go on to volume 2.
William Thomas
Jun 04, 2010 William Thomas rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novel, meh
I wanted so much more from this book. Remedial art I can look past if the writing is strong. However the writing was bare and sparse when it should have been as dense and tight as a Vachss novel. Disappointing.
Frank Taranto
Sep 18, 2010 Frank Taranto rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
A fun easy read with artwork that's easy on the eyes.
A group of out of the ordinary young people get involved with solving crimes with occult trappings.
May 30, 2011 Marc rated it liked it
Listen to my review on V for Vertigo, Episode 105 at or on iTunes.
Devin Bruce
Feb 11, 2015 Devin Bruce rated it really liked it
Previously read January 28, 2009.
Oct 29, 2008 Lucy rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who doesn't read alot
I picked this up by accident and wasn't expecting a comic - but i thought i would give it a go.

It was like reading a gangster film and didn' take to long to get through
Jan 27, 2009 Brian rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, read-2009
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British Writer and editor for both comics and television. Best known in the US for his work at DC/Vertigo.
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