Pressed to the 9s: GRASS KINGS, SHEENA, DOCTOR WHO

Our Rating

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 GRASS KINGS #7 from BOOM!, SHEENA QUEEN OF THE JUNGLE #1 from Dynamite, and DOCTOR WHO: THE TENTH DOCTOR #3.9 (Titan)! Let’s get started with…

GRASS KINGS #7 (BOOM!) – We may be past that HUGE battle…but don’t think all the turmoil has ended. There is a murderer possibly hiding out in the Grass Kingdom. The search is on, but how do you investigate in a “kingdom” where everybody came simply to be left alone? Matt Kindt takes us in a fresh direction, one that guarantees we will see a lot more wonder in GRASS KINGS. The artwork continues to excel, thanks to the amazing Tyler Jenkins. This is a tense psychological study of an isolated community that has shut itself off from society…and at the same time a terrific mystery that requires some trust outside that tight circle of people. Another great issue! 9/10

SHEENA QUEEN OF THE JUNGLE #1 (Dynamite) – Marguerite Bennett and Christina Trujillo take on this iconic character, with a great first issue. Sheena is up against spy drones (operated by a kid?) and a more present danger in a paramilitary group ready to set up strip mining in the middle of her home territory! There is an important balance with a Sheena story – making sure you capture the isolation that leaves her unsure of western tech, yet still showing her nobility and intelligence. Bennet and Trujillo hit the mark, with a story well worth the read.  The illustrations are exceptional as well, thanks to Moritat and Dimi Macheras, with colors by Moritat and Casey Silver. 9/10

DOCTOR WHO: THE TENTH DOCTOR #3.9 (Titan) – “The Lost Dimension” continues as the Tenth Doctor has his chance to deal with this strange phenomenon. It appears to encompass ALL the Doctors, so what’s next? Cybermen? Quite possibly – though with a surprise in terms of whether they can…wait, I’ll leave that to you to read for yourself. Let’s just say that Titan Comics is having a lot of fun once again with their big crossover event for the Doctor(s). Nick Abadzis delivers a fantastic story, with great artwork by Mariano Laclaustra and Carlos Cabrera (with assist by Fer Centurion and colors by Hernán Cabrera). 9/10

That’s it for our Pressed to the 9’s list for this week…don’t miss out on The 10 Spot and The Great 8s to see more of the very best in indie comics!

The Breakdown

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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