Reviews: Ten Grand #4

Ten Grand is one of the most morbid, ominous and dark comics out on shelves right now. Much of the book revolves around the idea of death, after all. But since its first issue its one of the books I can’t wait for every month.


J. Michael Straczynski has paced this story perfectly, content is the perfect word to describe the feeling I have after reading and this issue is no different. The mysterious characters facing protagonist, Joe Fitzgerald, are finally coming out of the woodworks

Straczynski compelling motivation shines through anti-heroes monologue inside Joe. He doesn’t have too much to say to anyone, but his thoughts It’s really similar to that of Rorschach in Alan Moore’s Watchmen and just as thought-provoking as a spectacular fashion as the story gears up to a faster stride. Everything Joe’s been fighting for is starting to crumble and it leaves him in a position that forces him to take the biggest risk he’s had to take since his life changed all those years ago.

The majority of the tone in Ten Grand originates from Ben Templesmith’s breathtaking artwork as it has since issue one. The dark colors blanket the story perfectly creating a disconsolate tone that environment requires and in a way its becomes even more alive. The contrasting light and dark colors help extenuate the presence of good and evil.

The Ten Grand team continues to consistently fill every page with meaningful progression. As a result this issue retains the series’ potency and Straczynski and Templesmith build another successful chapter in what’s shaping up to be one of the best stories in comics this year.

Final Score: 4.5