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Vinyl Underground TP Vol 01 Watching The Detective Paperback – 24 Jun 2008

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Product details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; 01 edition (24 Jun. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401218121
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401218126
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 0.9 x 25.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,799,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A very colourful cast of characters... quirky and eccentric." - Ain'tltCool.com "The coolness continues... reminds me of a glitzy CW show" - ComicsBulletin.com "...a dark, mature mystery series." - IGN.com" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Si Spencer has written for titles including 2000 AD, Revolver, Crisis, and The Books of Magick. For the past five years he has written regularly for Eastenders. Simon Gane is a British designer and illustrator who made his name in mini-comics before collaborating with Andi Watson on the acclaimed comic Paris. Cameron Stewart has contributed artwork to titles including Catwoman, Hellboy: Weird Tales, Hellblazer, Seaguy and Superman Adventures. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Format: Paperback
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 bloke who's also a psychic, and a dishy sexpot who splits her time between being a morgue attendant and an online porn star.

I didn't realize that they specialized in occult crimes, but whatever, crime is still crime, right? Here, the story involves the apparent ritual killing of an African immigrant child, for which a respected elder in the African immigrant community is arrested. In an example of relying on really bad coincidences, it just so happens that the elder's daughter is an ex-girlfriend of Moz, compelling him to look into the matter. As he trades jibes with the police detective assigned to the case, the team goes undercover to try and suss out what really happened. Unfortunately, it turns out that the plot ties into Moz's personal life in other ways as well. That's really the main weakness in the book -- too many connections to Moz's life and too many coincidences.

Otherwise, there's plenty of flash to enjoy -- from club scenes to alleyway fights with neo-Nazis to backroom poker with London gangsters to supernatural spirits, with plenty of insider music and comics winks for them that care to look for them.
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By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 July 2008
Format: Paperback
a graphic novel collecting the first five issues of a comic from vertigo, who produce comics for grown ups. that is to say this will tackle mature themes with mature language and situations so this is for adults only.

This is the story of the vinyl underground, a motely crew of detectives in present day london who investigate crimes that have an occult edge to them and are a bit off the beaten track. Led by the minor celebrity son of a former footballer, they are based in a disused underground station. their first case in this story involves a young african boy whose dismembered body is found in the thames. was it a ritual murder?

but the real star of this is the city of london itself. the comic tries very hard to create something with a real and contemporary feel. aided by stylised but quite effective artwork, it just about succeeds in that respect.

probably an acquired taste as a story, as the solution to the mystery is rather disappointingly routine. but for something new and different, it's worth a look
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Like I sad, this was almost a five star review, the only thing that stopped me was the fact that the Vinyl Detectives base was a dis-suded underground station. A little too much like Torchwood for me.

Only gripe out the way.

I bought this out because I liked the sound of it, the plot sounded different, the art work was very British (a little like Philip Bond), and the writer used to write Eastenders.
East Enders?
Yes, East Enders.
A writer who used to write a soap had moved to comics.
This was either going to be good or abnormally naff.
Thankfull I enjoyed it.
The characters are colourful enough for you to want to read on and the story goes along like a Hellblazer in training. While it will never match up to John Constantine it's a good side read.
The characters do show that this it writen by a soap script, especially the ending.

All in all a good, fun read complete with cooler than thou characters and a very good writing. Looking for the next volume
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Format: Paperback
This graphic novel is a must for any fan of the detective genre. Detective stuff is usually a traditional affair but this book refreshingly centre's around a youthful bunch, their style is very retro, very tongue in cheek, one of the team lives in a converted Tube station. The unlikely group take us into a very unglamorous world in the underbelly of London, children's torso's in the Thames, very disturbing.
An excellent read from seasoned comic writer Si Spencer with beautifully executed artwork, buy it!
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Amazon.com: 3.3 out of 5 stars 4 reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent Stylish Supernatural Crime Story 27 Oct. 2010
By A. Ross - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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 bloke who's also a psychic, and a dishy sexpot who splits her time between being a morgue attendant and an online porn star.

I didn't realize that they specialized in occult crimes, but whatever, crime is still crime, right? Here, the story involves the apparent ritual killing of an African immigrant child, for which a respected elder in the African immigrant community is arrested. In an example of relying on really bad coincidences, it just so happens that the elder's daughter is an ex-girlfriend of Moz, compelling him to look into the matter. As he trades jibes with the police detective assigned to the case, the team goes undercover to try and suss out what really happened. Unfortunately, it turns out that the plot ties into Moz's personal life in other ways as well. That's really the main weakness in the book -- too many connections to Moz's life and too many coincidences.

Otherwise, there's plenty of flash to enjoy -- from club scenes to alleyway fights with neo-Nazis to backroom poker with London gangsters to supernatural spirits, with plenty of insider music and comics winks for them that care to look for them. (For example, in one scene, a girl sitting in a pub has a shopping bag sitting by her side with the name "Blake & Mortimer" on it, referencing the classic long-running Belgian spy comics series). The artwork and coloring is realistic and vivid, never straying into cartoonishness. If you're a fan of crime comics and don't mind the supernatural element, this is probably worth checking out, especially if you are interested in the London style of it all (which, as others have pointed out, has antecedents in series like Phonogram, The Originals, etc.)

Note: This is definitely not for little kids (under 12 or so), there are naked ladies, plenty of references to sex acts, drugs, etc.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, not essential. 23 Sept. 2008
By Scott Puckett - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As a music geek and budding comic aficionado, how could I pass up a collection titled "Watching The Detectives" (from My Aim Is True)? Sure, maybe I should have spent an extra 5 minutes flipping through it before buying it, but I didn't. And really, I don't regret it.

First of all, this book feels very "British," not in the sense of using the Queen's, or in Cockney rhyming dialect (which is one of my favorite things about The Boys Vol. 1: The Name of the Game, but in the sense that it feels a lot like John Constantine Hellblazer: Original Sins (John Constantine Hellblazer), only with a lot less horror. How so, you may ask? Well, magic and London, pretty much. I suspect that any comic combining those two will be compared to "Hellblazer."

However, the main reason I picked it up is Phonogram: Rue Britannia, which is also British, also set in London and also deals with magic, yet feels nothing like "Hellblazer," largely because it seems more like a love letter to Britpop. I'm a sucker for that sort of comic.

This first volume of "The Vinyl Underground" falls somewhere between the two - music references for trainspotters who like that sort of thing in their comics, some magical mumbo jumbo for those who like a bit of the fantastic, a cobbled-together crime-fighting squad featuring members who seem carefully tailored to be odd enough to be interesting ... the only other review references "Criminal" which is, to be honest, much better (if you like crime comics), but I don't think that was the goal here (and don't ask me what the goal was - I haven't the foggiest).

I think it's telling that, as I write this review, I keep thinking of other comics that it reminds me of ... and I'd recommend all of them before this. The Originals if you're interested in fashion. The previously mentioned "Phonogram" if you're a music fan. "Hellblazer" if you want magic. And for a quirky, cobbled-together team ... well, there are tons of other places to start.

But back to the subject at hand - "The Vinyl Underground" was engaging. It held my interest. The story was a little fantastic, but what isn't in comics? It wasn't great, but it was entertaining and I'll probably read it at least two or three more times over the next few months. When I'm not reading Planetary Vol. 1: All Over the World and Other Stories again.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Trendy occult detectives star in a surprising hit 25 Nov. 2008
By J. Shurin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Expecting yet another title featuring trendy occult detectives in a modern London setting, Vinyl Underground surprised me by actually being entertaining, well-written and surprisingly clever.

This volume, the first, mainly focuses on introducing the team - an autistic psychic, a D-list celebrity and an 'adult film' star. Despite the grab-bag of adjectives, they are a surprisingly empathetic bunch.

The plot is unremarkable, but served its role in introducing the group well. It was tightly plotted, and interestingly twisted, enough to promise good things good forwards.

My main concern would be the many disturbing premonitions of self-absorbed meta-narrative. Hopefully not every crime in London will have to do with the team's personal history, right. If Spencer can keep this in check, this title could keep readers entertained and surprised for a long time
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Skip this one 14 July 2008
By J. R. Alford - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Ok, I know it's only $9.99 but this is one of those DC/Vertigo misses that's so bad it makes you hate yourself for buying it. I rarely write amazon reviews, too, but felt this deserved one. I don't want anyone else to be tricked into this one like I was.

I read a lot of decent reviews, introductions to the series in other books, etc, and figured I'd give it a shot thinking it was going to be a super-stylish British "CRIMINAL". Boy, was I mistaken. It's a mess-- too busy trying to win you over being cool to get deep into the gritty crime. As for the tone, its "British" flair seemed so unbelievably fake and forced, as if some kid who'd never been to England wrote how he just thought they'd sound like.

Anyways, skip this if you know what's good for you.
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