“Ten Grand” gives us the story of Joe Fitzgerald, a former Mob Enforcer who was killed along with his love Laura while attempting his last hit. Up to now, Laura has been treated to an extent as the McGuffin of this series – a beautiful and wonderful woman who changed Joe’s life. But, we haven’t learned much about her…until now. This issue will take your heart out and rip it to shreds…and will leave you begging for more!
While Joe continues to investigate Divine Will, we flash back to Joe’s first meeting with Laura, and we see the progression of their relationship. We learn just what kind of person she is and how she could have such a profound effect on Joe’s life. This is a beautiful story, an amazing love story in the middle of such a gritty and grim story of a fight against absolute evil. This is the story fans have been waiting for since issue #1 – though honestly this is right time to explore their history. We needed the first couple of issues to establish Joe…and now we get a better measure of the most important person in his life (and afterlife). We also get a better picture of just what happened to Joe and Laura…and why. This is a must-read for any fan of Ten Grand…and if you aren’t already reading this excellent series you are truly missing out!
“Ten Grand” is a presentation of the Joe’s Comics imprint from Image. J. Michael Straczyinski and Ben Templesmith have created iconic characters in Joe and Laura, and a love story that rises above the dark grip of crime and horror to make something better of them…and of each reader who follows this tale. This is still a gripping thriller of a story, taking the reader on an emotional roller coaster from beginning to end…in short, it is one of the finest comics on the market today. “Ten Grand” has become one of my personal favorites, and I cannot recommend this series highly enough. Five Stars for “Ten Grand”!