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 JUPITER’S LEGACY 2 #3 (Image/Millarworld), X-O MANOWAR #49 (Valiant), SONS OF THE DEVIL #10 (Image), and DREAM POLICE #11 (Image/Joe’s Comics)! This week we include input from mega-reviewer Joe “Geronimo” Gagel! Let’s get started with…
JUPITER’S LEGACY 2 #3 (Image/Millarworld) – There is a stunning simplicity to the end of this issue, one that highlights the amazing complexity of this world in which a superhero can be the biggest villain of all, and the supposed “supervillain” is the one we count on to save the day. This is an attempt to get Skyfox to step up and lead a mission to free enough “bad guys” to take down the real bad guy in Walter. It’s another amazing installment of possibly the best superhero story to come along in years. Frank Millar scripts and Frank Quitely illustrates (with Sunny Gho’s colors) this outstanding series. 9/10
X-O MANOWAR #49 (Valiant) –
Joe “Geronimo” Gagel’s Review: The Torment, a powerful group of cosmic entities, have landed on Earth to consume the very life and culture of every living being. In the midst of all this is the ever going feud between Aric and the Vine, who must lay aside their dispute with one another and fight together against the Torment as neither wish there to be nothing left of Earth or their own people. However, something happens that will either spell doom for the inhabitants of Earth or the Torment themselves that is sure to be revealed in the 50th issue next month. Robert Vendetti (writer), Joe Bennet (pencils), Marcio Loerzer (inks), and Ulises Arreola (colors) continue to produce a great book that reads almost as good as it looks. I’m a big cosmic guy and this series really hits it out of the park. Valiant continues to be my favorite indy publisher with this series as one of my favorites from its lineup. 9/10
Ed “Silver-Aged” Garrett’s Review: In the penultimate issue for this flagship title, writer Robert Venditti goes balls to the wall with the most over-the-top amazing action sequences you’ll see anywhere! Aric of Dacia teams up with…the Vine! Their enemy is a group of god-like beings that seemingly nothing can stop, and the literal fate of the Earth is in the balance. If you want hard hitting action, this is your book. The artwork is amazing throughout, thanks to Joe Bennett (pencils), Marcio Loerzer (inks), and Ulises Arreola (colors). 9/10
SONS OF THE DEVIL #10 (Image) – This issue brings Book Two to a close, with a big “oh $4!&” moment as we find just what Travis’s father has been up to all this time…and what he still plans to do! Brian Buccellato and Toni Infante dive into this cult in a raw and violent way, creating a riveting story that will horrify you and yet draw you in as a moth drawn to a flame. 9/10
DREAM POLICE #11 (Image/Joe’s Comics) – I have loved every issue of this strange noir-meets-dreamscape story, and DREAM POLICE takes an even stranger turns as Joe Thursday begins to learn the real story behind his existence in the Dreamscape. It’s even stranger…and darker…than we imagined, in an issue that you do not want to miss! J. Michael Straczynski continues to give us outstanding scripts for this title, with great artwork by Sid Kotian and colors by HiFi. 9/10
That’s it for our Pressed to the 9’s list for this week…don’t miss out on our 10 SPOT and GREAT 8’s lists to see more of the very best in indie comics!