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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Comic Review: TEN GRAND #6/#7

Ten Grand #6
Story By: J. Michael Straczynski
Art By: Ben Templesmith

Image Comics
Cover Price: $2.99
Digital Price: $1.99
Diamond ID: AUG130718
Published: December 18, 2013

Why has a wounded angel been chained and imprisoned on the outskirts of hell for a hundred thousand years? And why should Joe Fitzgerald care enough to help her, since it'll just slow him down in his search for Laura? Knowing that his actions could result in his permanent death, and with a civil war breaking out in heaven, Joe must make a fateful decision that will endanger not only his soul, but the soul of the woman he loves more than life itself.

Ten Grand #7
Story By: J. Michael Straczynski
Art By: C.P. Smith
Cover By: Michael Avon Oeming
Image Comics
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: NOV130526
Published: February 12, 2014

Joe Fitzgerald finds himself with a most unusual companion on his journey to Hell: an angel cast out by Heaven and unwanted in Hell. Soon they find themselves hunted by dark forces determined to stop their mission to rescue Laura...and only one of them may survive to see the journey to its conclusion.

Sometimes it can be hell trying to get to Heaven, so just imagine what it's like trying to get to Hell.

Joe Fitzgerald is out to save the love of his life—and his afterlife—and has descended into a void between the real world and the underworld, but in doing so he has become a part of the void and is now swept up in it and forgotten why he's there and who he's looking for. And that's bad news because there are entities from his past chasing him down to stop him.

The void feels eternal in one sense, but ephemeral too because of the murkiness and memory-clouding quality it creates, like his memories and footsteps are washed away as soon as his foot leaves the ground. At least he's not alone down there, as a voice reaches out to him to pull him from his fugue. And this new ally is definitely going to come in handy.

Through these two issues, I found myself thoroughly captivated by C.P. Smith's artwork, which I again assert is pitch perfect of this change in Joe's environment. And there is a sequence in the seventh issue that is absolutely gorgeous, to the point I want it on my wall.

In a way, the story feels like it has diverted from it's main story of Joe trying to reunite with Laura, but what's going on in epic fashion in these two issues feels like it's adding to a much larger tapestry. Joe seems poised to get back on track and I think what he's just gone through in the last couple issues will carry serious repercussions. Ten Grand is proving itself to be priceless.

5 Sheep

Gef Fox
rabid reader, wrabid writer


  1. The covers hint of the chase and I thought it was easy to get into Hell. LOL

  2. You'd think, but poor Joe just has to take the hardy way.