Filed under: Features | Tags: Ben Templesmith, Bestof2013, J. Michael Straczynski, Ten Grand
Another Image comic’s release that had me pre-ordering like a mad man was Ten Grand by a creative team that had me hyped.
This release saw J. Michael Straczynski & Ben Templesmith pair up to tell us a story of deals with the devil and love…..but then isn’t that always the way with those deals right? A heartbreaking deal plays out as Joe Fitzgerald continues his day to day investigations into missing person cases and the strange goings on in the city around him. All of this work is really leading to the real reason for taking the risks he does……he wants to die. Although his death gives him a brief spell in the afterlife that he can spend with his dead wife……all before waking up back in his real life….much to his annoyance.
Gritty, noir-like writing from Straczynski matches well with Templesmith’s rough and ready style that captures the darker aspects of Joe’s plight with the same care and attention as the poignant moments with real heart. It’s just a pity that Templesmith won’t be continuing on the title as the duo have impressed……..that being said, CP Smith has done a great job on taking over on the art side.
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