Friday, 7 November 2014

Velvet #8 Review (Ed Brubaker, Steve Epting)


Velvet is such an awesome series. It’s an espionage thriller at its best except this one stars a woman instead of a Bond/Bourne-type who’s trying to figure out who framed her for the murders of said Bond/Bourne-types. 

Velvet #8 isn’t the deepest of issues - the title really isn’t either - but it’s an absolutely compelling story executed to perfection by Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting and that’s more than enough. Velvet has taken the head of ARC-7 hostage and begun a daring break-in to the headquarters she used to work at, starting with a fake bomb threat to clear out the building. 

The flight suit she used earlier in the series makes another appearance again and from then on it’s a step-by-step look at Velvet’s dangerous journey through ARC-7 - including how she took that photo shown at the end of the last issue - to the next phase of her increasingly mystifying plan. 

The action is seamless and exciting, as is the break-in, and every page of this comic is jaw-droppingly good from Brubaker’s plotting to Epting’s gorgeous art. I can’t say enough good things about this issue - it’s a masterclass in comics from start to finish.

Velvet #8 is another superb issue in this incredible series from two creators who seem unstoppable when it comes to this character. If you’ve yet to experience Velvet, do yourself a favour and grab the first trade!

Velvet #8

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