Graphic Novel Review: Ten Grand, Vol 2 by J. Michael Straczynski

“Here’s how you destroy your enemies. You don’t fight them, especially if there are more of them than there are of you. You don’t argue with them, because that tells them what you’re really thinking. You don’t rat them out to somebody else and let them do the dirty work, because that’s chickenshit. They way you defeat them is to do everything you can to let them think they understand you… that they know all the soft places where you will bend, where you will compromise, where they can own you. Then you show them just how wrong they are. Then you use the soft places their cupidity has exposed against them and then you destroy them. The trick is to make sure they don’t figure it out before you make your move.”

– Ten Grand Vol 2, J Michael Straczynski

After finding out that J. Michael Straczynski, co-created and co-wrote the Netflix hit show Sense8, I was excited to read the second volume of Ten Grand. The first one was fun with a really cool mythology behind it, ending could’ve been better but hey it’s the first volume so we’ll give that a pass. In volume 2 however, I felt like the author went all out. The gloves were off and he really wanted to end this with a bang. That said, this volume was as fun as the first volume if not even better.

We see Joe Fitzgerald in the spirit plane, a place between heaven and hell one might call it purgatory. And he’s continuing his quest to find Laura. This time with him, is the angel he freed from captivity from the first volume, Jehoel. Together they travel through the Spirit Plane. However, things get complicated as other angels attack them, specifically Jehoel. And it is Joe’s job to find answers as to why attack them and also find his beloved Laura.

I thought this volume was just fun to read, the story was interesting it also had some funny dialogues and triumphant moments. If there’s anything disappointing it would be the art style. I loved the art in the first volume and in here they completely changed it. It still looks great but not as great as the first one.

That said, this volume is a great follow up and finale for the series though nothing special but highly recommended to people who read the first volume.

Rating: 3.5/5

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