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Review: ‘Ten Grand’ #3

Heavenly button man, do your deeds. If thine deeds are deemed righteous, ye shall be granted five whole minutes with thy true love, Laura. Sounds pretty, doesn’t it? Easier said than done for our resurrection man Joe Fitzgerald in “Ten Grand” #3.

WRITTEN BY: J. Michael Straczynski
ART BY: Ben Templesmith
PUBLISHER: Joe’s Comics / Image Comics
PRICE: $2.99
RELEASE: 3 July 2013

It seems that when heavenly or demonic forces are involved, people good and bad don’t stay dead. That works perfectly with comic books and creators J. Michael Straczynski and Ben Templesmith use both realms to their advantage in this noir supernatural mystery. Our dead man still walking Joe has been trying to help a woman named Debbie find her lost sister Sarah. Cults, secrets, possessions, deals and sacrifices have been running throughout this series and continue to build here.

The connecting threads take shape and the whole mystery comes closer into view. I already knew Straczynski tells a good story. His quieter moments along with big bombastic scenes are right on target. It’s Templesmith’s stunning art that kept me wanting this chapter to go on and on. I confess the only other work of his I’ve read was the original “30 Days of Night” miniseries and I’m now regretting that decision. His mastery of his craft is captivating. Every moment is wholly original. The real-life scenes are art yet realistic at the same time. The supernatural elements are like nothing I’ve seen before which is very impressive indeed.

The next chapter should really be a doozy. I’ll make you a deal, good readers: Catch up on “Ten Grand” if you’re new to this horrifyingly beautiful mystery. If you don’t like it, I’ll pity you and buy you another book. Honest. Just sign this deal…and you’ll get what you deserve. Mwahahaha… Seriously, pick up “Ten Grand”, it’s that good.

Score: 4/5 Skulls

Reviewed by: Your Friendly Neighborhood Brady



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