As a long-time Babylon 5 fan, it’s been great in recent years to see the career of the show’s creator, J. Michael Straczynski, really taking off oh big Hollywood films such as Changeling and Thor. Last year he founded a new media company, Studio JMS, to house many of his projects under one banner. One such project is the return of Joe’s Comics, an imprint that previously published titles such as Delicate Creatures and Midnight Nation (incidentally, that last one is my favorite thing JMS has ever done). Now we can check get a look at the first title out of the resurrected Joe’s Comics imprint: a horror series called 10 Grand.
The “supernatural noir” teams Straczynski with acclaimed artist Ben Templesmith, whose work you might recognize from past projects such as 30 Days of Night with Steve Niles and Fell with Warren Ellis. His style really lends itself to supernatural or horror content, so this should be a great match. You can check out the new trailer for JMS’ 10 Grand below.
Sure, it’s sad that there’s still no news when/if we’ll see any more Babylon 5 content, but there’s no shortage of JMS stuff to feast your eyes on in the near future. In addition to his comics work, he’s got multiple film projects in the works, as well as TV projects with the Wachowskis and ABC.
Here’s the official synopsis for 10 Grand, which hits stands this May:
Joe Fitzgerald was a mob enforcer until the day he met Laura, who convinced him to leave that world behind. Before quitting, Joe agreed to one last job, little realizing that the man he’d been sent to kill was deeply involved in demonlogy. He survived Joe’s attempt and came after him, fatally wounding Joe and killing Laura. As he lay dying, an angelic force (who may or may not be what she appears) pointed out that where she is going, he can’t follow, and where he is going, he wouldn’t want her to follow. But if he will agree to work for them as a different kind of enforcer, they will bring him to life and keep on bringing him to life every time he is killed in a righteous cause. The reward: for those five minutes of death, he will be with Laura again. Would you endure an eternity of pain and death, dying over and over, to be with the woman you love for just five minutes each time you died? Most people might say no. But Joe Fitzgerald isn’t most people.