Ten Grand #1 (Ten Grand, #1)

Ten Grand #1 (Ten Grand, #1) - J. Michael Straczynski, Ben Templesmith Ok I don't normally review single comic issues but hey this is Ben Templesmith, possibly the greatest comic book artist there is, yeah maybe a slight exaggeration but he's my favorite anyway. Written by J. Michael Straczynski, Ten grand opens with a feeling of loss as our protagonist Joe Fitzgerald remembers his lost love Laura, Laura is mentioned frequently throughout until we get a flashback at the end of how she died and how Joe died.

Joe hits Lenny's bar at around two in the afternoon and waits for potential clients to show, people with problems only he can solve and the price for his services yes you've guessed it, Ten Grand. You see ten grand is just enough to weed out the clowns and the whackos and its not long before Debbie walks in with the money and a problem so troubling that Joe will do this job for free. Debbie's sister Sarah joined a group called Devine Will, a cult that deals in demonology and the leader of this cult, a man that Joe shot dead two years ago.

This is the type of first issue that leaves you begging for more, a paranormal investigator in the vein of John Constantine, a protagonist who died and was bought back to do the dirty work of the Angels and the artwork that makes it so much more.
Joe is damned, if he dies a righteous death he will get to see Laura one more time before he is bought right back, a man stood between heaven and hell.

You might think the artwork raw, rough even but look a little more carefully and the detail soon becomes apparent, the contrast between violence and sentimentality bought to life with the most vivid of colours, the most twisted of expressions and the darkest feelings and moods. The artwork compliments the dark and grimy city perfectly but what really stands out is the use of the colours to show the different aspects of the story from the present day to the harrowing flashbacks, and a style that lends itself to horror above all else.