Our Rating

The indie scene has some truly amazing titles, and even more must-read books that we could get to in our “10 Spot” feature. THAT’s why we have PRESSED TO THE NINES, books that rated a 9/10 on our review scale that are at your local comic shops NOW! Let’s get started with…

EX-CON #4 (Dynamite) – Cody is in a world of trouble…and even his somewhat-returning powers to see auras may not be enough to keep him alive. It’s a story where you truly have no idea who to trust…so let’s just start by trusting no one, okay? A GREAT story by Duane Swierczynski, full of mystery and double dealing, ably illusrated by Keith Burns and colored by Aikau Oliva. 9/10

HEXED #5 (BOOM!) – This is a great jumping on point for the series, as Lucifer (no, not THAT lucifer) and her new “trainee” go after some of the artifacts that were taken during the events of the first arc. It’s hilarious to see what Raina considers “something that would make it easy to hide”, but the story gets very serious very quickly – and that’s a very good thing, too. Michael Alan Nelson has a great story here, with wonderful artwork by Dan Mora and colors by Gabriel Cassata. 9/10

THOMAS ALSOP #7 (BOOM!) – We’re gearing up for the finale next issue…but don’t think for a moment that means there is any letup here. Everyone it seems it out to stop “the hand of the island” from his big event at the anniversary of 9/11…and that includes both human and supernatural agents! Good think Alsop is an escape artist…but that may not be enough to save the day. Chris Miskiewicz really builds the tension in this chapter, with more barriers for Alsop at every turn. The art continues to be stellar by Palle Schmidt. 9/10

ZOMBIE TRAMP #5 (Action Lab/Danger Zone) – Janey is off to a new adventure (and a great jumping on point for new readers) as she leaves behind the “King of Vegas” to find a new foe who may just be even MORE powerful than she! There’s plenty of action and huge amounts of gore – which is the point after all! Dan Mendoza and Jason Martin continue to deliver an outrageous, over-the-top spectacular, and the artwork by Dennis Budd was exceptional. This is a true guilty pleasure to read – and it’s one of the favorites of our entire review staff. 9/10

That’s it for “Pressed to the Nines” for this week – but we still have the “Great Eights” to go! And, keep checking back with TMStash throughout the week for all your news, reviews and commentary!

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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