Saturday, October 1, 2016

Velvet - The Man Who Stole the World

The third volume of Velvet collects issues #11-15 of the Cold War spy series as framed super-spy Velvet Templeton returns to the United States searching for answers and ultimately bringing her face-to-face with the person responsible for destroying her twice - first as her agency's top covert agent by tricking her into killing the man she loved, and then years later by framing her for the murder of another close associate. Although she isn't able to reclaim her life by the end of this volume, Velvet's search for justice will come to head.

If you haven't been reading writer Ed Brubaker and artist Steve Epting's series on a monthly basis (why wouldn't you? this series is awesome!), these trade paperbacks make for a pretty fair value. The final third of the initial 15-issue run puts Velvet on the offensive, squaring of against the villainous Damian Lake, targeting her old bosses and breaking into the offices of the very people who are hunting her, out-witting her pursuers, faking her death, and finally getting some answers and vengeance from those who destroyed her life. Worth a look.

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