Welcome once again to THE 10 SPOT – TMStash’s round-up of the very best in Indie comics each week. This week brings us VAMPIRELLA #9 from Dynamite, NINJA-K #2 and QUANTUM AND WOODY #1 from Valiant, and THE COMIC BOOK HISTORY OF COMICS: COMICS FOR ALL #1 from IDW! Let’s get started with…
VAMPIRELLA #9 (Dynamite) – Jeremy Whitley is a terrific writer, and we are very proud to say that he is a friend of the site…and wow, what a job he is doing with this iconic character! After her last adventure, Vampirella has found that death is no longer possible for anyone…and people are surprisingly not so happy about it! As she tracks down the source of the problem her relationship with Vicki continues to grow, making for a fantastic story. The feel of this book combines the best of the classic Vampi with elements new readers will enjoy. The artwork by Creees Lee, Paulo Barrios and Andy Belanger (with colors by Lee Loughridge) is spot-on. This is a great time to jump back into the world of Vampirella! 10/10
NINJA-K #2 (Valiant) – Someone is out to kill every person ever to carry the Ninja moniker for MI6…but who? As our Ninjak (or Ninja-K) tracks down the threat we learn more about his predecessors, in a unique spy thriller that should make any fan of this character happy. Christos Gage is killing it with this story, with beautiful artwork by Tomás Giorello with Roberto de la Torre (colors by Diego Rodriguez), and backup story art by Ariel Olivetti. 10/10
QUANTUM AND WOODY #1 (Valiant) – Quantum and Woody are BACK…sort of…and ripped apart as well, because…well, you know, they’re Quantum and Woody! This is the perfect way to non-reboot/reboot this series, as we find our favorite Dysfunctional Duo having problems once again. Eric’s life is going well…sort of, but boring. Woody is living like…Woody, and that means constant trouble. This is a great re-introduction to the characters, and I have to say that Quantum and Woody are in good hands. The script is by Daniel Kibblesmith, with art and colors by Kano. 10/10
THE COMIC BOOK HISTORY OF COMICS: COMICS FOR ALL #1 (IDW) – This is a bit meta, but it’s also amazing! It’s a comic about comics, and creators Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey (with colors by Adam Guzowski) continue a formula that makes the history of the medium absolutely compelling and fun to read! This issue concentrates on the graphic novel…and you’ll get a LOT more out of this one than simply “Watchmen is awesome”…even though it is. THIS book is awesome, and it’s also a 10/10
That’s it for this week’s 10 Spot. Join us again next week for more reviews of the BEST in indie comics!