Story By: J. Michael Straczynski
Art By: Ben Templesmith
Diamond ID: JUL130546
Published: November 6, 2013
Joe Fitzgerald has crossed into Hell itself in an attempt to rescue Laura, the spirit of his murdered love who had been safely ensconced in Heaven (or someplace that looks a lot like it) before all the forces of Hell tore the veil to take her down into the depths of utter darkness. But why would they take her? Why would Heaven allow her to be taken? And what's Joe going to do when he finally learns the secret behind her situation? Be assured that someone's going down for this, and going down hard.
Ten Grand has a new artist, and as it turns out, the timing is perfect. That's because Joe is in Hell. Literally.
Well, I don't remember it ever being explicitly called Hell, and I sure didn't see any guys with pitchforks standing around, but as Joe searches for the love of his life--and his afterlife--it sure felt like some kind of Hell.
It was a little jarring for the series to suddenly be sans Templesmith as its illustrator, but C.P. Smith is a welcome addition. The quasi-Dante journey into the underworld felt so alien and so eery, especially with the new art style depicting it, I was utterly mesmerized.
If the series didn't already make you feel like you've stepped through the looking glass, reading this fifth issue sure as heck will. To be honest, not a great deal is revealed that propels the story forward, but what is there certainly gives a better appreciation for Joe as a character and the lengths he will go to save Laura.
Honestly, go find the earlier issues if you haven't read them already and get on this bandwagon. Business is about to pick up.
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