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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 KILL OR BE KILLED #11 and VIOLENT LOVE #7, both from Image, along with THE UNSOUND #3 and GRASS KINGS #6, both from BOOM! Let’s get started with…

KILL OR BE KILLED #11 (Image) – The status quo of this outstanding series was flipped on its ear last issue…so what happens now? Dylan has been operating for months on a “kill or be killed” set of orders from a demon, so what does he do when faced with a very different reality? Don’t worry, the story gets even better with this issue. Dylan may try to get back to a “normal” life, but that doesn’t mean that anything will ever be “normal” again. The mega-team of Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips and Elizabeth Breitweiser continue to bring a thrill-a-minute powerhouse of a tale to us. 10/10

VIOLENT LOVE #7 (Image) – Daisy Jane’s story ramps up the tension and the violence as she gets closer to Johnny Nails. Problem is, Johnny Nails is onto her…and that cannot possibly be good. Frank Barbiere continues to give us an epic action-adventure tale with exceptionally compelling anti-heroes. The art by Victor Santos is absolutely spot-on perfect for this tale – don’t miss it! 10/10

THE UNSOUND #3 (BOOM!) – We are finding more and more secrets in this recently re-opened asylum…and any one of them could rip your fragile grip on sanity to shreds. The man with the mask is guiding our group through something that makes absolutely no sense to a sane person, to get to…something I won’t spoil here. Just leave it to the fact that writer Cullen Bunn has a terrific sense of the horrific, and illustrator Jack T. Cole gives us a trip through the fractured mind better than anything I’ve seen in recent years. 10/10

GRASS KINGS #6 (BOOM!) – The battle has reached a fever pitch, and it all comes down to this issue…but if you think that leads to a nice and tidy end, you have another thing coming. Writer Matt Kindt continues to give us the complexity of human emotion that makes GRASS KINGS so believable. Tyler Jenkins gives us exceptional artwork. GRASS KINGS is the kind of story that you can easily believe, while at the same time hoping it never happens in the real world. 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 for more reviews of amazing 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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