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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 THE WALKING DEAD #158 from Image/Skybound, GLITTERBOMB #1 from Image, BLOOD & DUST: THE LIFE AND UNDEATH OF JUDD GLENNY #2 from Action Lab/Danger Zone, and STRANGE ATTRACTORS #4 from BOOM! This week we include input from mega-reviewer Joe “Geronimo” Gagel! Let’s get started with…

THE WALKING DEAD #158 (Image/Skybound)
Joe “Geronimo” Gagel’s Review:  Robert Kirkman (writer), Charlie Adlard (pencils), Stefano Gaudiano (inks), and Cliff Rathburn (grays) take us into the second part of The Whisperer War.  Rick has put out a call to arms across the communities that they have alliances with.  Some answer the call, while others outright refuse it.  On the front lines is Negan himself, eager to prove his worth as an ally.  As an angry Beta approaches with his horde, Negan just may get the chance he needs to show just how useful he can be against this kind of warfare.  – 9/10

GLITTERBOMB #1 (Image) – Jim Zub writes that this is “quite a bit different from the other comics” he is known for, and he’s right…except for this…GLITTERBOMB is an amazingly well written story, an amazing tale from the very first panel! Zub takes on the underbelly of the Hollywood machine with a brilliant twist…just don’t go in the water, okay? The art is striking, thanks to Djibril Morissette-Phan (with colors by K. Michael Russell).  9/10

BLOOD & DUST: THE LIFE & UNDEATH OF JUDD GLENNY #2 (Action Lab/Danger Zone) – This is one of the most powerful supernatural tales in comics today. Judd Glenny is the perfect antihero – powerful, grizzled, determined, and reluctantly brave. The script by Michael R. Martin and Adam J. Orndorf is outstanding…and the artwork by Roy Allan Martinez (with colors by Raymund Lee) will knock your socks off.  It’s classic horror with a fresh twist that will have you on the edge of your seat! 9/10

STRANGE ATTRACTORS #4 (BOOM!) – Charles Soule has reserved one of his most complex and riveting storylines for this series, and I’m completely drawn in to the weird machinations of STRANGE ATTRACTORS. The butterfly effect is in overdrive here in a rush to make a “major adjustment” to save New York City. The randomness, the deceptions, and the critical nature of the tasks make this tale all the more compelling. Greg Scott’s illustrations are excellent (with colors by Art Lyon and Matthew Patz). 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!

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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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