Velvet #1 | Writer: Ed Brubaker | Artist: Steve Epting | Colorist: Elizabeth Breitweizer | Publisher: Image Comics | Price: $3.50 | From my column at Forces of Geek.com
If you read the legendary run of Captain America by Ed Brubaker and Steve Epiting, you know that this collaboration is going to produce a fun, though provoking and stylish comic book presentation.
Unlike the amazing Fatale series, Brubaker takes this dark noir in a different direction by going the spy route instead of a horror-infused story. Everything is seen through the eyes of the titular heroine, Velvet Templeton, who gets back into the field after an agent she held in high esteem is killed in the line of duty.
Mystery and suspense are specialties of Ed Brubaker, and Steve Epiting’s artwork serves as the perfect compliment.
Velvet is not is a perfect ten model, but the strength and tenacity she exudes on a daily basis makes men easily ignore the gray streaks in her hair and enjoy her company.
Her complicated nature is a perfect match for the complex world of espionage that Epting elegantly delivers.
The twist at the end is kind of given away by the cover, but the narrative makes you wonder and eventually convinces you the story is going to head in a different direction, only to leave you amazed by the outcome and excited for the future of this series.