The dreaded Rob Liefeld takes over on Grifter and… it’s actually pretty good! It certainly helps that he’s got Frank Tieri doing the scripting here, who is a very underrated writer and a master at snappy tough-guy bluster. The plot here is simple and full of action, just like you’d expect from a Liefeld story, but it works because the pace is kept up and Tieri makes sure that Cole Cash never stops with the quips. Scott Clark’s art also plays a big part here, the pages of Grifter snowboarding were very cool. I also liked that this issue saw an escalation in the battle with the Daemonites, whereas Edmondson’s run took the invasion slowly, this issue explodes it, with a whole new type of nasties, and the revelation that Grifter is some kind of chosen one, which he of course laughs off. I’m excited to see where this war is going, and to see how other titles will connect with Grifter, we got a shot of Helspont from Superman in this issue for example. Also cool was the introduction of a few more Wildstorm characters into the DCU, chief among them Deathblow, who I don’t know much, but whenever I’ve read a comic with him in it… he’s been an unrepentant bad-ass.