Velvet: The Secret Lives of Dead Men


Velvet: The Secret Lives of Dead Men

Velvet Templeton has been accused of setting up the murder of a field agent within her super-spy organization, ARC-7.  While many simply viewed her as the complacent secretary, it comes to light that Velvet used to be a field agent herself – and a kick-ass one at that!

On the run and desperate to clear her name, Velvet begins assembling her own list of potential suspects as she tries to narrow down the real culprit.

Building on a hell of a first trade, Brubaker and company produced an enthralling read with this second volume that I consumed in a single sitting.  Epting’s pencils and Breitweiser’s colors are just jaw-droppingly gorgeous and more than add to an already compelling story.  I’m not sure if it’s Brubaker’s direction or Epting and Breitweiser’s god-given talent but they’re providing a visual presentation unlike any comic I’m currently reading.

Velvet continues to be a great character.  Her back is constantly against the wall, but she shows no signs of slowing down.  I suppose it doesn’t hurt that she has little alternative but she’s bright, quick on her feet and deeply confident.  Did I mention she’s also in her mid-forties?  How many series currently going today showcase that type of character?

I’m really looking forward to getting my hands on the next trade.  Hopefully we get to see it this summer in keeping with the trend of putting out one book per year.  Can’t wait to see where this one is headed.

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