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Where IS Laura? Advance Review of “Ten Grand” #6

Laura is no longer in heaven…in fact she’s been taken downstairs, and Joe Fitzgerald is literally trying to go to hell and back to save her.  There are dangers everywhere, and nothing is as it seems.  Can Joe keep his head together…and stay alive long enough…to find Laura?  That’s where we pick up with “Ten Grand” #6.

LIGHT SPOILERS ONLY

Joe is in a shifting and deceptive reality, one that takes him into his past while keeping him away from even the memory of his beloved Laura.  This gives us a great opportunity to see more of what makes Joe Fitzgerald tick.  Thankfully for his mission, there is someone trying to help him, trying to remind him why he came to hell in the first place.  A wounded angel has been prisoner on the outskirts of hell for a hundred centuries…is this someone Joe can trust?  Joe has a lot of very difficult choices to make, and he needs to be careful because dying here means no coming back.

J. Michael Straczynski continues to script a wonderful story about this very flawed hero.  Joe Fitzgerald would have been the villain of so many stories earlier in his life, yet the love he has for Laura continues to drive him to places few heroes have been willing to go.  C. P. Smith continues to do an amazing job with the artwork in this story, with illustations that are simply stunning when showing this strange and fantastic version of hell itself.  It’s also good to see the excellent Ben Templesmeith cover to this issue.  This story pulled me in with the first issue, and I’m continuing to cheer for Joe Fitzgerald as he searches for Laura through hell itself.  This is a great title – don’t miss it!