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Ten Grand, Vol. 1

(Ten Grand #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  362 ratings  ·  53 reviews
Ten Grand charts former mob enforcer Joe Fitzgerald's journey into the world of demonology and the ancient powers that threaten to tear down the pillars of Heaven itself in a new war between the forces of light and dark. Can the man willing to die a thousand deaths so he can be with his love for just a few minutes in-between save the lives of an entire world? Or will this ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published January 28th 2014 by Image Comics (first published November 26th 2013)
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Paul Nelson
Ten Grand by J. Michael Straczynski, Ben Templesmith and some other fucker named CP Smith As some will know Ben Templesmith is possibly the greatest comic book artist there is, yeah maybe a slight exaggeration but he's my favourite anyway. Written by J. Michael Straczynski, Ten grand opens with a feeling of the dreaded loss as our protagonist Joe Fitzgerald reminisces lost love, Laura is mentioned frequently throughout until we get a flashback of how she died and how Joe died.

Joe hits Lenny's
Crystal Starr Light
Joseph Fitzgerald is a "button man" - he "buttons up" problems for his big boss. But his last job lead to his and his wife's death - he was given the chance to come back and given 5 minutes with Laura. Now, his goal is to get back to her, taking jobs from people, such as Debbie, searching for her sister in a cult, the Divine Will.

I've only ever really read a couple of other things from Straczynski - Wonder Woman: Odyssey, Vol. 1, Wonder Woman: Odyssey, Vol. 2, and Superman: Earth One, Vol. 1 - w
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A cracking book about the war between heaven and hell.

It may have been done before, but not this eloquently. The artwork is very dark and disjointed at times, but that just adds to the dark atmosphere set by the storyline.

Some really interesting aspects in this story and i'm looking forward to vol.2.

I'd recommend this book to anyone.
Aug 13, 2015 rated it liked it
So this is a graphic novel I got from my local library and had never heard anything about before borrowing it. I was intrigued by the artwork, but didn't have a clue what the book itself was all about. I ended up really enjoying the storyline and the first artist's work, but the second artist's drawing style didn't really 'click' with me as much and I found I liked the last sections with that art style less sadly.

This is the story of Joe Fitzgerald who is a man with a past. As you read through t
Kite Johnson
Jan 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
What would you do for the one you love? Most people would do anything – climb a mountain, pay a ransom, escort them home and so on. Love is a precious commodity and when one finds it, you do not really want to let it go. That is why Joe Fitzgerald will work for heaven and come back from the dead to do their bidding after every death he experiences. All of that for five minutes of time with his loved one in-between lives. And they are not usually easy deaths either, often coming at the hands of d ...more
Adam Šilhan
Jan 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Skvělé dílčí nápady, zajímavý příběh, něco mi tam ale chybí. Druhý díl může výrazně pomoci jak nahoru, tak dolů. Buď se mu podaří spojit nápady do něčeho většího, nebo sklouzne k naprostému klišé.
Mar 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: any Straczynski fan; fan of supernatural
Recommended to Kelly by: employee at forbidden planet, nyc
I always go into a Straczynski project knowing it's going to be great and that I'll absolutely love it; this story was no different. It's his first graphic novel to come from the (re)launch of his own imprint (Joe's Comics) and it did not let me down.

The story itself reminds me of a Constantine/Supernatural hybrid; it has a lot of very cool elements from both those stories, but with a lot more depth to the characters and story that only the written word can convey and tends to get lost in trans
Aug 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
Entirely predictable. Guy has wife, wife is killed, it's his fault because of his line of work, guilt guilt guilt, supernatural deal to see her on occasion, her immortal soul is in peril, dude to the rescue. + dark, + gritty. Cue hero's convenient bag of supernatural goodies to help him on his journey (Princess Bride holocaust cloak, anyone?). It's not just the predictability that bothered me, but what I see as women in peril as hero-motivator, which seems... kind of lazy to me. The way Joe "win ...more
Fantasy Literature
Sep 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In my previous two columns, I've talked about the advantages of having a "pull list" and buying comics on a monthly basis instead of merely waiting for a collection to come out as a trade edition. I also suggested a few titles that are good ones to start with right now since they are just beginning. In the first column on monthly comics, I recommended VELVET by Ed Brubaker and THE DREAM MERCHANT by Nathan Edmondson. In my second column, I recommended two comics in the new-and-improved Vertigo li ...more
Jun 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Straczynski's take on the "supernatural investigator" genre is highly entertaining. It has enough familiar elements mixed in with new things to make it work. There are fun little touches throughout, such as the afterlife ferryman looking like the grim reaper but wearing a life vest, which keeps things a little off-kilter. Hints of a larger conspiracy behind the scenes of Heaven and Hell's eternal struggle keep burbling beneath the surface.

Some people have complained about the change in artists,
Sean Thompson
Jun 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Though I tried to stick with this after Templesmith left, ultimately his art brought too much to the series. C.P. Smith's visuals, though decent, just weren't able to elicit the same visceral emotional response.
Perhaps Straczynski lost his own momentum, which may have contributed as well.
Mallory O'Meara
May 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Starts out strong and after the artist change, tapers off into mush.
Nicole Westen
Aug 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
If you love the show Supernatural, this is a must read!
Aug 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Το vol.1 έχει τα πρώτα 6 από τα 12 συνολικά για την ιστορία.

Αφήνει την ιστορί εντελώς στην μέση οπότε αν θέλετε να το τελειώσετε να το έχετε υπόψιν σας.

Η ιστορία είναι αρκετά κλασική θα έλεγα με ωραίο σχέδιο και σκοτεινά στοιχεία. Πέρασα ευχάριστα όσο το διάβαζα. Δεν μπορώ να πω γνώμη για όλη την ιστορία γιατί πολύ απλά δεν έχω ολοκληρωμένη εικόνα.

Το μόνο χοντρό λάθος που βρήκα είναι πως άλλαξε ο σχεδιαστής στα τελευταία τρία τεύχη και είναι μεγάλη η διαφορά στην ποιότητα. Στα τελευταία είναι λε
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Straczynski es uno de los grandes guionistas de cómics, y con la libertad de tener su propia editorial puede explorar mejor la existencia y el tormento de sus protagonistas. Tres cuartos de este volumen estan fantásticamente ilustrados por Ben Templesmith que logra una fusión perfecta entre historia, diálogos y sensaciones. La última parte, sin embargo, el ilustrador cambia y pierde mucho.
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
The blend of a crime syndicate hitman and cosmic horrors is definitely interesting, even if the first volume offers more questions than answers!
May 13, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm a huge fan of Ben Templesmith so it's difficult for me to rate this as anything below five stars but I can't help it. I love Templesmith's quirky art style and it's in full glory in the first three parts but then he switched over to new style and I enjoyed the change except it just went on for too long. I understand they changed styles to match the change in worlds just didn't work for me.

Jul 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Ten Grand Vol 1 tells the story of Joe Fitzgerald. A former hitman but now working as a private investigator. Joe's interest peaked as he was asked to investigate a simple case of disappearance. With a man he thought he killed before, possibly running the operation. Joe dives into the supernatural as he faces angels and demons alike.

Upon reading Ten Grand, one might see some similarities with DC's Constantine. That said, for a horror graphic novel, Ten Grand brings an impressive amount of human
This was a impressive first volume, and although it invokes some familiar supernatural ideas and themes about angels and demons, purgatory, and man's quest, literally through heaven, hell and earth to get to the woman that he loves, these things are executed in heart-rending, incredibly taut way, in no little part to the art of Ben Templesmith (as well as to J. Michael Straczynski's script). Templesmith's art captures the turmoil, stained soul, haze of ugliness of the universe (at least in Joe's ...more
May 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics-i-love
As usual, There is a War between Heaven and Hell, and the Human Race is somewhere in between. Only one man is chosen - or more or less it has been decided - to bring an end to this war.

Straczynski plays with the typical elements of a Horror, Goth, Fantasy Story involving Angels and Demons. We see the story of a man who gets involved in this War without even wanting it, receiving insight information from both sides and becoming a powerful player for both parties. He is drawn from one side to ful
Albert Yates
Jul 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'm really not that hard to please with a book: is the story interesting? were the characters people I care about and want to see finish their adventure? was it scary? how is the art? (in the case of a graphic novel)

With this last one, this book was mostly drawn by Ben Templesmith who happens to be the same guy who did 30 Days of Night with Steve Niles. I find his art captivating and mesmerising. There is always so much happens in every panel that you find yourself looking in the background to s
Brian Lively
Jun 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Just a couple of minor nitpicks keep JMS's urban fantasy from being a 5 star book.

First, the unexpected shift in art from Ben Templesmith to C.P. Smith after 4 issues is kind of jarring. The story is perfect for Templesmith's style and really feels like it was written for it. Templesmith's quick exit due to personal conflicts is a real disappointment and with just 2 issues to work with in this collection, I never got comfortable with Smith's art.

Secondly, just wait for all 12 issues of the firs
Aug 18, 2016 rated it liked it
I like JMS a lot, and I appreciate the way he thinks about the structure of narrative, but this is far from his best showing.

Ten Grand feels like a pastiche of tired ideas, but with the added frustration of awkward shifts in tone. On reflection, I really felt like this needed to be 10x longer: there really could be some very cool pieces in this, if fully developed (the river styx and the boatman, for example, could've been a work unto itself; consider, for example Two to Leave by Yoon Ha Lee)
***Dave Hill
Apr 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'd forgotten what a fantastic introduction this series had. Straczynski hits every noir note perfectly, dealing with a button man whose supernatural death leads to an unholy deal with Heaven -- he's brought back to life in Heaven's employ, and each time he dies again in a righteous cause, he gets to spend five minutes with his beloved and sainted wife, before being sent back to Earth again to further atone. It's John Constantine style material, bitter and cynical and dark and deadly, only with ...more
Jul 19, 2016 rated it liked it
This is an interesting take on the supernatural and the hitman combination. Joe Fitzgerald is facing down demons as a freelance supernatural hitman working for what he thinks are angels. There's a lot of back story built up, and interesting world building, coupled with some of the distinctive Templesmith art (and even some nontraditional work of his which is just as good) and the motive driving Fitzgerald is poignant and powerful. And this book also has one of the most distinctive takes on Charo ...more
Neil Ottenstein
Jan 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I just read the first 6 issues of Ten Grand, which is the first half of the first arc. The first TPB should contain those 6 issues. I was blown away by these issues. The art is not what I am used to, but it really fits the story. There is a change of artist in issue 5, but this works as well. This is definitely a supernatural book with heaven, hell, and our world involved. Joe Fitzgerald is the main character and while he and we think his situation works one way, but by the end of the second iss ...more
Kevin Cortes
Jan 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
This is the first collection of the series that J. Michael Straczynski has offered to us from Joe's Comics.

The story centers on Joe Fitzgerald, a former mob enforcer. This first volume contains stories that begins and ends with his encounter with an angel. It starts with his deal with the angel taking care of Laura and ends with him freeing another angel trapped in the planes in between heaven and hell.

This volume is worth buying.

More of my review at:
Craig Werner
Spectacular graphics and an intriguing introduction to a typically strange and, at this stage, opaque J. Michael Straczynski protagonist (if that's the right word to use for a contract killer who traffics with demons, ambiguous angels and pretty much every low life the city has to offer). Anyone who's followed JMS from Babylon 5 on will be unsurprised to encounter some mind-boggling plot twists that redefine most of what you thought you knew previously. Looking forward to the second compilation.
Ali (alireadsbooks)
Picked this up on recommendation from a guy who works at my comic book store.
An intense, interesting start to a series. I liked the idea of traveling between life and death/heaven and heaven/hell/purgatory, but it got super confusing at some points.
Also liked the twist on the forbidden love trope.
I'm not in a huge hurry to continue on with this series (I'm not even sure Volume 2 is out yet), but I'll probably do it eventually.
The best part is, this was the first book I finished in over a mont
Jul 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
Started strong but the plot and dialogue soon devolved into cliche. I love the art of Ben Templesmith, which is pretty much what grabbed my attention to begin with, so when the art switched over I pretty much lost interest in the rest of the book. C.P. Smith's style has its own beauty, but ceased to keep me engaged with the story. I also have no interest in all of the afterlife game-playing going on. So, obviously not a title for me.
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Joseph Michael Straczynski (born July 17, 1954), known professionally as J. Michael Straczynski and informally as Joe Straczynski or JMS, is an American writer and television producer. He works in films, television series, novels, short stories, comic books, and radio dramas. He is a playwright, a former journalist, and author of The Complete Book of Scriptwriting. He was the creator and showrunne ...more

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