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Monday, July 15, 2013

Comic Review: Ten Grand #3 by J. Michael Straczynski

Ten Grand #3 by J. Michael Straczynski 
Published: July 3, 2013
Story By: J. Michael Straczynski
Art By: Ben Templesmith
Image Comics

Joe Fitzgerald’s client is dead. The young woman he went searching for on her behalf is dead. And he’s not happy about it. Worse still, someone’s shaking the foundations of Heaven, in a move putting the spirit of his beloved Laura in jeopardy. Someone’s going to pay for it…even if that means walking into Hell itself.

"Dark and Terrible Things," the third issue in this enigmatic and absorbing story, sees Joe trying to piece things together after his latest client, Debbie, threw herself off the top of her apartment building--and Joe along with her.

After his brief respite with Laura in the afterlife, he's back among the living. Well, sort of, since his first stop is at the morgue to get some answers from Debbie's corpse via some angelic mojo at his disposal. He finds much more at the morgue than he was expecting though, which only serves to raise more questions about what's going on with the sinister cult, Divine Will.

The investigation takes a bit of a backseat, however, as we are offered a glimpse at how Joe and Laura meant, and see why a woman as pure of heart as her could involve herself with a killer like Joe, as well how Laura could inspire Joe to give up his wicked ways.

This issue might feel like a holding place for some, but I thought the flashback offered a better appreciation for Joe's motivations in this story, and by the end really hammered home how epic this story could become in future issues. Between Straczynski's engaging wordsmithing and Templesmith's unparalleled artwork, it's exceedingly hard to find fault with this new series. The slight downshift in the action is about all, and even then it only helped contextualize everything.

Tragic, tumultuous, and terrifying. Ten Grand has it all.
5 Sheep

Guest Reviewer: Gef Fox

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