|Ten Grand 4, Sidekicks 1, new from Joe's Comics|
Ten Grand with Ben Templesmith has been going strong and issue four this week ratchets up the stakes significantly. Joe Fitzgerald knows something's amiss in Heaven and Hell, and he has to sacrifice quite a bit of himself to find answers. Templesmith's art continues to be perfectly suited for Straczynski's story, filled with demons and dark alleys and pain and suffering. There's a nifty sequence where Fitzgerald talks to a broken ghost and a brutal fight with demonic types and we're just getting warmed up. I'm really enjoying this book.
And today also sees the release of Sidekick #1 with Tom Mandrake. In the backmatter, Straczynski professes a hate for sidekicks, and it certainly shows here. Flyboy, the sidekick to the superpopular superhero the Red Cowl finds himself rudderless, jobless and broken after Red Cowl is brutally gunned down. No-one believes Flyboy can cut it on his own, and things turn shitty pretty quickly. Resorting to shaking down hookers for blowjobs and creating false crimes for credit in police reports, things continue to spiral out of control for him. And things get worse, and worse, and worse for Flyboy. This is really funny, really mean, really entertaining stuff. We usually don't get such visceral authorial cruelty with corporate sidekicks, and, gawd, do I ever agree with Straczynski that such treatment would be more than welcome. Straczynski isn't the first to tackle the incongruities of sidekicks - see Rick Veitch's Bratpack - but Sidekick is certainly a lot of fun. Even more so if you replace Flyboy with your sidekick of choice in your head. Seriously, fuck those guys.
|Jeff Lemire's Trillium, new from Vertigo|
|Image, Image, Image, Image.|
|And then this happened.|
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