Wednesday, 7 October 2015

So I Read Velvet: The Secret Lives Of Dead Men

A 250 word (or less) review of Velvet Vol. 2
by Ed Brubaker, Steve Epting, Bettie Breitweiser, and Chris Eliopoulos; Image Comics

This is a review of an ongoing comic. To read about the first chapter go here.

Velvet is a comic about Velvet Templeton, the unassuming secretary to the head of a clandestine espionage agency who is secretly a deadly spy. In the first chapter Velvet reactivates herself to uncover a traitor responsible for the deaths of agency spies and finds herself framed as a potential mole. In The Secret Lives of Dead Men, Velvet begins to execute her own plan to find the identity of the traitor and to outsmart the men hunting her. Velvet Vol. 2 is a properly good espionage story. In some ways I felt that the first chapter of Velvet, while a gorgeous and well written comic, was more interesting as a concept exploration, what if the cliched Bond secretary were the real secret agent, than as a thrilling spy story. Velvet Vol. 2 manages to build on that fantastic premise and create an engaging plot filled with twists, betrayals, lies, tension, and all of the action that the espionage genre demands. Velvet: The Secret Lives of Dead Men, completely aside from the fun premise, manages to be a fantastic and stylish spy story that will have you frantically turning pages. It's a great comic.

Word count: 193

Velvet Vol. 1

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