In review: Ten Grand from Image & Joe’s Comics

Written by J. Michael Straczynski and illustrated by Ben Templesmith, this Image book is also something new in the comic industry and that is that Ten Grand is the first book published under the flag of Joe’s Comics, which is billed as “. . . an experimental venue for experimentation and storytelling free from corporate agendas, crossover events and editorial edicts driven by quarterly profit-and-loss statements.”

In essence, this way of publishing comics is an attempt at storytelling for the sake of storytelling, without having to worry about the business-end of comics dictating content and creative direction. Now while time will tell as to the outcome of this particular experiment in comic publishing, I will say that I like the noble tone inherent in the endeavor and I wish Image and Joe’s Comics all the luck in the known universe.

With respect to Ten Grand, if this is any indication of what the rest of the books will look like from Joe’s Comics, I think we are all in for a pleasant surprise! The story was a great tale of humanity stuck in between the mystical side of an investigative thriller and the practical side of losing the love of your life, while running like hell from a demon you can’t really run from.

Ten Grand was very good story telling about themes we have visited before, written in a way we haven’t really thought about yet. The art was simple, elegant and a departure from what we think about as comic book illustration. Put together, the look and feel of the book greatly compliments the theme and style of the story’s anti-hero, a supernatural private investigator named Joe.

I really enjoyed the story and the more I got into it, the more I liked Templesmith’s work on the book. I would recommend this series and hope this story arc proves fun, compelling and worthwhile. A definite great start to the new line of books from Joe’s Comics and Image!

Written By: Tye Bourdony

Tye Bourdony is a Sci Fi cartoonist and creator of ‘The Lighter Side of Sci-Fi’, a mediator, science fiction reporter and the U.S. based content editor for Sci Fi Pulse. He is also a graduate of the Barry University School of Law, SUNY Purchase and H.S. of Music & Art. Tye currently works in Florida’s 9th Circuit as the Staff Family Mediator, is currently the Public Information Officer for the Osceola County Bar Association and has a regular self-published column in Sci Fi Magazine.  You can visit Tye on facebook and at You can send Tye your thoughts, story/article ideas and content thoughts to

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