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Welcome back to PRESSED TO THE 9’s, our look at some of the best indie comics available at your comic shop NOW! This week you’ll find DOCTOR WHO: THE ELEVENTH DOCTOR ADVENTURES YEAR THREE #13 from Titan, GRASS KINGS #11 from BOOM!, and MONSTRO MECHANICA #2 from Aftershock! Let’s get started with…

DOCTOR WHO: THE ELEVENTH DOCTOR ADVENTURES YEAR THREE #13 (Titan) – The Scream has absorbed the Sapling and taken on the memories of the Doctor and Alice…leaving them with no memory at all! We see the Doctor and Alice trying to remember who they are, but will they be able to stop this menace from completely taking over? The solution is genius…and the ending is a satisfying conclusion to this arc.  Alex Paknadel and Rob Williams give us the script for this issue, with great artwork by JB Bastos and Luiz Campello (with colors by Thiago Ribeiro and Stefani Renne). 9/10

GRASS KINGS #11 (BOOM!) – We finally get the backstory between Archie and Jen…but do we solve the mystery of her death? Like a lot of things in this excellent series, the answer is yes…and no. There are a lot of secrets in the Grass Kingdom, and we may have even more shocking things to learn before we are through.  Matt Kindt continues to give us one of the best series going, with wonderful art by Tyler Jenkins and colors by Hilary Jenkins. 9/10

MONSTRO MECHANICA #2 (Aftershock) – This strange tale that combines some of history’s best known figures with a nearly sentient wooden robot continues to impress.  Is this mechanical figure really becoming an independent living being? Hard to tell, since the mission it is on with Isabel has them both in serious danger. This is an intriguing tale by Paul Allor, with great artwork by Chris Evenhuis and colors by Sjan Weijers. 9/10

That’s it for our Pressed to the 9’s list for this week…don’t miss out on The 10 Spot to see more of the very best in 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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