Review: Velvet Issue 1

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Velvet by Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting, centers around Velvet Templeton, a personal assistant to the Director of the Agency, who seems to be or have been a secret agent herself.

Things we liked

  • Spies!
  • That the main character is an older kick-ass woman. We may have repeated this over and over throughout the night.
  • That she wears sensible footwear when kicking butt. No ridiculous high heels here.
  • The art.

Things we didn’t like

  • Flashbacks weren’t necessarily obvious; some of us missed them altogether.
  • Hands. There were some panels where the hands seemed out of proportion were at weird angles. Specifically, the two page spread near the opening and the last panel of the issue
  • In some of the group panels, the faces all looked the same. For agents, we thought it might be due to that whole interchangeable-Bond look idea.

Random things that caught our attention (for better or worse)

  • Is this the origin story for Malory Archer on the TV show Archer? Yes, there was a discussion. Kind of fits.

Overall, we liked it. We loved combination of older woman lead and spies. We would have like to see more women, even as side characters in the first issue, but decided that the timeline, being set in the 1960-70s might be prohibitive. This book also shows that yes, comics have come a long way in the variety of what’s available. It’s no longer a super hero club only. The League also suggests, other Ed Brubaker work like Fatale for folks who like crime noir or Matt Kindt‘s Mind Mgmt for more spies.

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