I’ve read comics that span from anything from the life and times of high school students all the way to stuff that’s not appropriate to discuss in polite civilization, or around anyone really. But the one thing that I never thought I’d be reading is a comic based on a money launderer.
More or less, that is precisely what you get with The Rinse.
The issue starts off with the story’s protagonist Jeff Sinclair introducing you to the seedy underbelly of money laundering in San Francisco. We come to find out that if you have a chunk of change that you need ‘cleaned’, he’s the man to go to. From what we see, Jeff is very good at what he does. He seems the type to play things cool and not get too greedy until that is, he comes across a job that he can’t turn down.
The job is laundering $25 million dollars of stolen casino skim money. Something that could make Jeff a very rich man, very quickly as long as he plays his cards right. The thief looking for a fence has no idea what he’s doing and is making some serious mistakes until Jeff steps in to help.
I didn’t quite know what to think as I picked the issue up, but I have to say that I was quickly won over by Gary Phillips writing as he sets the series up like a pulp crime novel. Our ‘hero’ is likable, but full of his own issues and problems (which I’m sure we’ll get to see more of soon) but all in all a good guy considering his line of work.
I can only hope that the pacing picks up a bit and we get to be a little more involved with the characters because as I write this, I can’t remember a single other person’s name in the book. I have to say that the cliffhanger at the end of the issue was the one saving grace that will have me picking up the next issue, just so I can see where this headed. As long as the art from Marc Laming stays the same. I’m sure it’ll be a good read.