Critics Say TEN GRAND is Worth Every Penny
Posted on November 27, 2013 by Kat Salazar
The first story arc in a series about a man who would move Heaven and Hell to see his wife again
In Joe Fitzgerald’s world, mobsters are nothing compared to demons. In TEN GRAND, VOL. 1, created by J. Michael Straczynski (SIDEKICK, PROTECTORS, INC.), Ben Templesmith (FELL, 30 Days of Night) and CP Smith (Wolverine, Jonah Hex), a former mob enforcer, Joe, dabbles in demonology and soon finds himself caught in the middle of a struggle between the forces of light and dark with the fate of the world resting on his shoulders.
A twist on the classic Miltonian tale of Heaven and Hell at war with one another, TEN GRAND, VOL. 1 collects issues 1-6 of the series and provides fans with the first story arc just in time to jump in on the second half of the adventure starting with issue #7 in January.
Praise for TEN GRAND:
"I feel like this is a comic that I'm into for the long haul. Ten Grand is definitely one of the big debuts for 2013.” --Greg McElhatton, Comic Book Resources
“This book is something unusual, but in a good way. If you separated the art from the writing you probably wouldn't think they go together at all, but after reading through the first issue I don't think you could've found a more perfect match.” --J.R. Johnson, IGN
“Straczynski and Templesmith have proven to be a perfect match for a series like this one, and readers should expect great things from the upcoming installments.” --Shadow Jayd, Bloody Disgusting
“The series calls to mind Constantine and Dante and every great revenge story I've ever encountered. Ten Grand is mysterious and familiar at the same time, and the beautifully painted pages charge the narrative with emotion. I'm anxious to see where the story takes us.” --Jen 'MissJ' Aprahamian, Comic Vine
“Ben Templesmith's unique style of art brings the story to light in horrific and exquisite detail.” --Edward Kaye, Newsarama
“Ten Grand is shaping up into something interesting.” --Michelle White, Multiversity Comics
TEN GRAND, VOL. 1 is a dark and epic tale of one man’s journey to Hell and back and arrives in stores on 1/15 and is available for $12.99.
Final orders are due from retailers on 12/2. TEN GRAND, VOL. 1 TP can be pre-ordered using Diamond Code SEP130560.
More of Ten Grand
Ten Grand #12
January 14, 2015
Issue twelve signals the emotional conclusion of the first title from Joe’s Comics: the latest war between Heaven and Hell is over, for now, with casualties as far as the stars themselves. But Laura’s fate is still to be resolved. When Joe makes a life-or-death request of the Powers, a favor beyond anything he could have imagined, will they consent...and lift the veil between life and death one last time?
Ten Grand #11
November 5, 2014
What began with a simple assignment has turned into a war for the very throne of Heaven itself, with Joe Fitzgerald caught between two massive armies of Light and Dark. It all comes down to one decision, one moment, and based on what he decides the universe itself may come apart at the seams. Will Joe go all the way for love? Or will he save the world but lose his soul?
Ten Grand #10
July 30, 2014
- Story By: J. Michael Straczynski
- Art By: C.P. Smith
- Cover By: C.P. Smith
- Variant Cover By: Kalman Andrasofszky
Joe has penetrated into the depths of Hell to save Laura, the woman he loves more than life itself, from a horrific fate beyond description. He's learned the Enemy's plans to bring down Heaven. They think he's cornered, trapped, neutralized. They're wrong, and by the end of this issue, the ultimate war between heaven and hell will begin...with Joe Fitzgerald right at the center of the biggest fight since the dawn of Creation.
Ten Grand #9
April 30, 2014
When Joe Fitzgerald was hired to find a runaway, he never imagined that pursuing that case would take him into the afterlife, tracking the man who was also responsible for the death of the woman he loved. Having crossed into Hell, Joe at last discovers that what seemed like a simple case is in fact a plot to tear down the walls of Heaven, overthrow God, and reboot Creation...and Joe is the only man who can stop the destruction of everything.
Ten Grand #8
March 19, 2014
Joe Fitzgerald entered Hell to find out what happened to Laura, the greatest love he has ever known. At last, he has found her...only to be captured by the same man who killed both of them and seized Laura's spirit from deep inside Heaven. It's the beginning of the confrontation Joe has been fighting to make happen ever since the Angel put him on this mission, but nothing's going his way. If Joe dies this time, it's permanent, and he and Laura will be trapped in Hell forever.
Ten Grand #7
February 12, 2014
Joe Fitzgerald finds himself with a most unusual companion on his journey to Hell: an angel cast out by Heaven and unwanted in Hell. Soon they find themselves hunted by dark forces determined to stop their mission to rescue Laura...and only one of them may survive to see the journey to its conclusion.
Ten Grand #6
December 18, 2013
Why has a wounded angel been chained and imprisoned on the outskirts of hell for a hundred thousand years? And why should Joe Fitzgerald care enough to help her, since it'll just slow him down in his search for Laura? Knowing that his actions could result in his permanent death, and with a civil war breaking out in heaven, Joe must make a fateful decision that will endanger not only his soul, but the soul of the woman he loves more than life itself.
Ten Grand #5
November 6, 2013
Joe Fitzgerald has crossed into Hell itself in an attempt to rescue Laura, the spirit of his murdered love who had been safely ensconced in Heaven (or someplace that looks a lot like it) before all the forces of Hell tore the veil to take her down into the depths of utter darkness. But why would they take her? Why would Heaven allow her to be taken? And what's Joe going to do when he finally learns the secret behind her situation? Be assured that someone's going down for this, and going down hard.
Ten Grand #4
August 7, 2013
Joe Fitzgerald has been to heaven many times...or at least someplace that looks a lot like heaven if you didn't know any better. But now he's going somewhere he's never been before: into Hell itself, in pursuit of the woman he loves. What he finds there will change his life forever.
Ten Grand #3
July 3, 2013
Joe Fitzgerald's client is dead. The young woman he went searching for on her behalf is dead. And he's not happy about it. Worse still, someone's shaking the foundations of Heaven, in a move putting the spirit of his beloved Laura in jeopardy. Someone's going to pay for it...even if that means walking into Hell itself.