Welcome once again to THE 10 SPOT – TMStash’s round-up of the very best in Indie comics each week. This week brings us SAMARITAN VERITAS #3 from Top Cow, ALTERS #6 from Aftershock, INFINITE 7 #5 from Action Lab’s Danger Zone, and ROCKET GIRL #8 from Image! Let’s get started with…
SAMARITAN VERITAS #3 (Image/Top Cow) – This arc comes to an outstanding close as Samantha Copeland, aka Samaritan, puts her plan into action to take down a corrupt US President. Samaritan is an outstanding protagonist – highly intelligent, a brilliant strategist, driven by a higher purpose, and willing to sacrifice even herself if need be. As we get ready for this story to be continued in MIRRA SWAY 2018, at least we go out here in a blaze of glory. I have been captivated by the Edenverse – a world full of well-developed characters, exceptional storylines, and extreme tension at every turn. I have become a huge fan of Matt Hawkins’ writing, and the artwork by Atilio Rojo is nothing short of fantastic. This is easily a 10/10
ALTERS #6 (Aftershock) –After the HUGE battle that ended the first arc of this series, the big bad who was killing alters (the super-powered people of this world) is out of commission. That should make things all hunky-dory, right? But, it isn’t so simple in real life, and that is reflected here as Chalice struggles to reach out to the alters who are now coming out of the shadows. Alters are still feared by the general public thanks to the horrific acts of Matter Man. Chalice may have tremendous power but she still struggles with coming out as transgender to her parents. And, we gain a new and very interesting alter who is struggling to keep the lights on and a roof over her family’s heads. This is an exceptional series by Paul Jenkins, with fantastic artwork by Leila Leiz and colors by Leonardo Pacciarotti. 10/10
INFINITE 7 #5 (Action Lab/Danger Zone) – Anthony Zane, the latest “Smash Brannigan” of the Infinite Seven, was shot by his own mother, who turned out to be the big bad of this series so far. As he wakes up, something inside of him also awakens, something that drives him to be smarter, stronger, and more extreme in his actions than ever before. He may never be able to return to his former life…but there is one part of that former life that hangs in the balance. We see Smash…I mean Anthony…I mean Smash…taking on the toughest fight he has seen so far, in an exceptional series by writer Dave Dwonch. The artwork by Arturo Mesa (with colors by Geraldo Filho) is spot-on, delivering all the action in vivid detail. If you haven’t jumped on board yet, check out INFINITE 7, which for us is 10//10
ROCKET GIRL #8 (Image) – It has been a long wait (make that a LOOOOONG wait), but this is definitely worth it! ROCKET GIRL is back! In DaYoung’s “past” of 2013, Quantum Mechanics has taken over…everything! In her “present” (after her trip to the past) of 1986, can she change enough to make her own time safe? That’s the conundrum here…whether you can change the past, and just as important, whether anyone will listen to you when you are trying to tell them what needs to change? This has been an exceptional series since the original KickStarter campaign, and this reviewer is thrilled to see it back on the comic shop shelves again! Thanks to writer Brandon Montclare and artist Amy Reeder – this is another 10/10
That’s it for this week’s 10 SPOT – check TMStash again next week for more of the very best in indie comics!