Welcome once again to THE 10 SPOT – TMStash’s round-up of the very best in Indie comics each week. This week brings us BLOODSHOT SALVATION #3 and NINJA-K #1, both from Valiant, and PRINCELESS: RAVEN, THE PIRATE PRINCESS YEAR TWO #1 from Action Lab! Let’s get started with…
BLOODSHOT SALVATION #3 (Valiant) – How can this be? Every time I read a story about Bloodshot I am more and more impressed! Bloodshot has long ago graduated from a mere killing machine to a great character in his own right. Ray Garrison is capable of extreme violence but also great caring, and in this series he is driven to the former by the latter…going after Magic’s father! We still follow two timelines, but in the future timeline Ray still finds a way to communicate with Magic…with a little help. It’s a powerful story arc that gives us more nanite-infused character…and in a surprise twist possibly less as well (but not in the way you think)! Jeff Lemire is giving us a fantastic story, with outstanding artwork by Lewis LaRosa and Mico Suayan (with colors by Diego Rodriguez and Brian Reber). 10/10
NINJA-K #1 (Valiant) – The mythos of this fan-favorite character gains additional depth as we delve into the history of the Ninja Programme…from A to…K! Someone is out to get Colin King’s predecessors…and possibly Ninjak as well! This is a great kickoff to what should be an incredible series, written by Christos Gage (glad to see Gage on another Valiant title – wonderful script!), with terrific art by Tomás Giorello and colors by Diego Rodriguez. 10/10
PRINCELESS: RAVEN, THE PIRATE PRINCESS YEAR TWO #1 (Action Lab) – I will confess to being a HUGE fan of the PRINCELESS universe of stories created by Jeremy Whitley, and that definitely includes RAVEN, THE PIRATE PRINCESS. Raven continues her successful spin-off with Year Two, as we see romance…and some mischief in the air, not to mention some real danger in the offing! The crew is taking a bit of a respite from the events of the first series, but even a fun time can have a little scheming in the background – in this case an attempt to gain the attention and affection of the Captain. It’s a great start to another fantastic series by Whitley, with wonderful art from Xenia Pamfil. 10/10
That’s it for this week’s 10 SPOT – but we aren’t done yet with our round-up of great indie books! Be sure to look for PRESSED TO THE 9’s and THE GREAT 8’s for more reviews of amazing indie comics!