I watched Constantine twice. I got over Keanu’s acting about an hour in, but the concept a guy who battles the forces of heaven is pretty interesting. That’s what I think drew me to the new series by writer J.Michael Straczynski. The former writer of Amazing Spiderman brings us to the world of Ten Grand.
For a first issue Ten Grand gives a world that is interesting and keeps the reader interested in what Straczynski is building. The characters aren’t pretty, which I like. All of them have the shades of grey that makes this noir story on point for fans. The art really reflects the de-saturated world of Ten Grand. The artist Ben Templesmith uses for the most part dark muted browns, blacks and sepia to bring out how this world is.
In the Grave
The design of the characters and creatures isn’t appealing to me. They seem a bit blocky and plain for such an interesting premise.
Ten Grand has a great first issue which does exposition on the overall plot as well as keep things interesting with writing that made me hear a rocky throated man telling me a tale of his life. I hope it doesn’t have a downward spiral that breaks my heart.
Ten Grand #1
Writer: J. Michael Straczynski
Artist: Ben Templesmith
Sale Date: May 1, 2013