We’re big fans of Ed Brubaker here at WhatchaReading. I just finished re-reading his Captain America: The Winter Soldier series, which is just amazing; but more recently, Nancy has been all sorts of excited about Brubaker’s new Image series, Velvet. And since she usually manages to nail exactly what is perfect about a comic and why I should be reading it, I checked it out. Man, I love/hate when she’s right. Anyway, the book is phenomenal, and if you haven’t checked it out yet, fear not – there’s a trade paperback hitting comic book stores on June 18 (and bookstores on July 1), so there’s time to get in on this title.
VELVET is the graphic novel that results when Ed Brubaker (FATALE) and Steve Epting, the creative team behind the movie-inspiring smash-hit Captain America: The Winter Soldier, create a comic for themselves — with an original character like few others found on the comics stands. The first volume, VELVET: BEFORE THE LIVING END will be in stores this summer.
In 1973, Velvet Templeton is the executive assistant to the head of a spy agency. She is meticulous, professional, and ultra-competent. But few people know that she’s also the deadliest woman on Earth. Velvet gave up fieldwork years ago, but now she’s drawn back into the action when one of the agency’s top operatives is killed and the evidence points to her as the killer.
“There’s this archetypal secretary who’s in a lot of spy movies and novels — the Moneypenny type. It goes through pulp fiction, this Girl Friday idea, and I thought, ‘What if that character was also a Modesty Blaise or Black Widow type? What if that was her secret past?’” said writer Brubaker, who has signed an exclusive deal with Image Comics with artist Sean Phillips, in an interview with USA Today. “It’s touching on a lot of the stuff I love about the spy genre that’s been in comics, but it’s never been in comics that much in America.”
A sexy, subversive action thriller with dark, painterly art by Epting and colors by Elizabeth Breitweiser that is inspired by vintage spy novel cover art, VELVET VOLUME 1: BEFORE THE LIVING END will be in comic book stores on June 18 and bookstores on July 1, and is specially priced at $9.99.
VELVET VOLUME 1
Writer: Ed Brubaker
Art: Steve Epting
On-Sale: June 18 (comic book stores), July 1 (bookstores)
Pages: 128 pages, full color, paperback