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Welcome once again to THE 10 SPOT – TMStash’s round-up of the very best in Indie comics each week. This week brings us ARMSTRONG AND THE VAULT OF SPIRITS from Valiant, MONSTRO MECHANICA #3 from Aftershock, and I HATE FAIRYLAND #16 from Image! Let’s get started with…

ARMSTRONG AND THE VAULT OF SPIRITS (Valiant) – Former A&A series writer Fred Van Lente returns to gives us an amazing one-shot. You’ll find about half the Valiant universe here, and a tale that has taken thousands of years to put together. There’s a bottle for every year (and Armstrong has a LOT of years), and apparently a story for every bottle.  You may never look at history (or even classic Biblical stories) the same way again. Van Lente has a rare talent for effectively mixing hilarity and action in equal measures, and this is a great example of his outstanding work.  The artwork is stellar, thanks to Cafu with Darick Robertson (colors expertly handled by Andrew Dalhouse with Diego Rodriguez).  10/10

MONSTRO MECHANICA #3 (Aftershock) – The battle is won, at least for today. But, what of that marvelous mechanical wooden creature? And, if it survives, what has it learned? Isabel has not been resetting it after each adventure, and the mechanical wonder is learning…something.  This continues to be a great historical fantasy tale by Paul Allor, beautifully illustrated by Chris Evenhuis (colored by Sjan Weijers). 10/10

I HATE FAIRYLAND #16 (Image) – In the last issue, Gert was killed…and is that the end of the story? Of course not! Gert finds her own kind of Hell in this issue…and it’s not what you might expect! This continues to be an outrageously funny series, full of twisted characters and even more twisted surprises. All this from Skottie Young (story and art, with colors by Jean-Francois Beaulieu). I HATE FAIRYLAND is a favorite of our review crew, and once again is a 10/10

That’s is for The 10 Spot this week – be sure to check back with us every week for more reviews of the best in Indie comics!

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Ed is a long-time comics collector, going back to the days when comics were only 12 cents. He reviews DC titles and a variety of Indie publishers here at TMStash.

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