CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Bad Rap

Author: Max Allan Collins
Artist: Gabriel Rodriguez
Titan Books
RRP: £9.99
ISBN 1 84023 799 6
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Rapper Busta Cap has as many enemies as he does rhymes. So, when he is shot, the list of suspects is long, its ranks swollen by his East Coast rivals and the enraged father of Busta's dead-by-overdose girlfriend. The CSI team must follow the killer's trail through a dark and ugly maze of clues before the murderer can be brought to justice...

After the travesty that was Serial, the follow up collection, Bad Rap, is everything the first instalment should have been. Realistic dialogue, which you can almost hear the actors from the show speaking, and the artwork has improved somewhat - although it still looks as though Gabriel Rodriguez is using too few publicity photos for inspiration. And to be honest most of the illustrations still don't really look like who they are supposed to.

But the plot is much more believable, seeing the graveyard shift on the CSI team attending murder scene after murder scene in an attempt to piece together all the clues that will bring the killer, or killers to justice.

There is a great sense of humour running through this collection, one that is corny, yet will make you smile.

Bad Rap is a good collection and, if the series keeps up this standard then fans of the show will be in for a treat.

Nick Smithson

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