Our Rating

Welcome once again to THE 10 SPOT – TMStash’s round-up of the very best in Indie comics each week. This week brings us CROSSWIND #2, SONS OF THE DEVIL #14, and WAYWARD #22, all from Image, along with TOMBOY from Action Lab’s Danger Zone, and X-O MANOWAR #5 from Valiant! Let’s get started with…

CROSSWIND #2 (Image) – Now that a hit man and a stay-at-home stepmom have switched bodies, there are multiple problems to solve. For example, how does that hitman now prepare dinner for that crucial dinner with the spouse’s boss? And, how does that stay-at-home stepmom…clean up the scene of a brutal murder? True to form, writer Gail Simone refuses to go for the easy plot points, using these otherwise absurd situations to bring out the best qualities of her characters. Cat Staggs brings amazing artwork to the party, and this is easily a 10/10

SONS OF THE DEVIL #14 (Image) – This cult thriller continues to up the ante as our anti-hero goes up against…dad! There is still that bargain with the devil…but who will be the vessel for the deal? Brian Buccellato brings his “A” game to the script, with excellent artwork once again by Toni Infante (with color assist by Mado Peña). 10/10

WAYWARD #22 (Image) – The most beautifully written and illustrated book in comics continues! Rori learns some things about herself and her family that no one would really want to know, as the struggle goes into overdrive. Jim Zub once again delivers an outstanding script. Steven Cummings (line art) an Tamra Bonvillain (colors, with assist from Brittany Peer) provide stunningly beautiful artwork. 10/10

TOMBOY #12 (Action Lab/Danger Zone ) – Addison has lost everything…so how does she use her amazing power to decide the fate of everyone around her? This may bring the series to a close…hopefully only for now…because TOMBOY has been nothing short of an amazing thrill ride from the first panel to the very last! There are a lot of pieces falling into place here, in a fantastic script by Mia Goodwin. The artwork continues to excel, thanks to Michelle Wong. 10/10

X-O-MANOWAR #5 (Valiant) – Aric of Dacia is once again a very long way from home, but once again in the thick of battle. He may not want his armor anymore, but the armor still wants Aric…and it knows something VERY important about our hero that comes to light in this issue! Matt Kindt continues to give us outstanding stories, with amazing art by Doug Braithwaite (with colors by Diego Rodriguez). 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!

The Breakdown

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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