Welcome to another installment of The 10 Spot – a quick round-up of the very best books from indie publishers this week. Kicking off this week’s 10 Spot is…
LANTERN CITY #2 (Archaia) – I can’t decide what I like more about this tale – the wonderfully written script or the amazingly beautiful artwork. Sander has made a difficult choice, to leave behind everything and everyone he loves to infiltrate the guard that has oppressed his people. But, can he keep up the charade, especially when he meets…well, can’t spoil that for you, but you are guaranteed to be captivated by LANTERN CITY! This story is created by Trevor Crafts with Matthew Daily & Bruce Boxleitner, written by Matthew Daley and illustrated beautifully by Carlos Magno (with colors by Chris Blythe). 10/10
CHRONONAUTS #4 (Image) – The ads from Image are right…this conclusion to CHRONONAUTS has me screaming for a sequel! Mark Millar has brought his usual amazing writing talents to this tale of time travel gone amok, and it has been a true pleasure to keep up with characters who act like…well, who act like we would, more than we care to admit, if given the chance to mess with time. The artwork from co-creator Sean Gordon Murphy is perfect for this tale (with excellent colors from Matt Hollingsworth). Waiting for the sequel…and for now, 10/10
THE MANTLE #2 (Image) – After Robbie died in front of her eyes last issue, Jen has received “The Mantle” – the super powers that seem to guarantee both heroism and a very short life span. Can she learn to master her powers before the Plague finds her? And, what about all the other people who have had the Mantle before her? This is a fresh and highly interesting take on the superhero genre, by co-creators Ed Brisson (script/letters) and Brian Level (artist/cover, with colors by Jordan Boyd). 10/10
PALMIOTTI & BRADY’S THE BIG CON JOB #4 (BOOM!) – A group of fading sci-fi stars are trying to rob Comic-Con, and you know it can’t possibly end well. But, that’s not so much the point here. It’s how it all goes down that makes this a must-read. The ending has a bit of schmaltz, but given the cast of characters it is more than okay. THE BIG CON JOB has a heartwarming mix of adventure and fun, with characters you find yourself pulling for from the very beginning to the very end of the tale. The only shame is that this story ends here. Jimmy Palmiotti and Matt Brady script this story, with illustrations by Dominike “Domo” Stanton (and colors by Paul Little). A truly fun read! 10/10
That’s it for our 10 Spot this week – but we still have more great indie comics in our “Pressed to the Nines” feature and our “Great Eights”. And, keep checking in throughout the week with TMStash for all your news, reviews and commentary!